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Lessons continue for kids at Oklahoma State Fair

BY VALLERY BROWN Modified: September 22, 2009 at 8:58 am •  Published: September 22, 2009
Spencer Elementary School teacher Cindy Frankenfield said although her students weren’t in the classroom Monday, there was plenty of learning taking place at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Frankenfield shepherded nearly 80 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to State Fair Park with a host of other teachers and chaperones clad in dark blue or white T-shirts. The fair’s School Kids’ Day promotion offered free admission for school-age children.

"When I was a kid, we got to have a day off from school to go to the fair,” Frankenfield said. "But this is also a wonderful place to teach and learn.”

The day’s lesson was centered on agriculture, Frankenfield said. Students walked through the Barnyard Birthing Center where they experienced newly born piglets and goats nuzzling close to their mothers.

The students also learned farming and ranching vocabulary that Frankenfield said her class will use to write a report later in the week.

"One of their favorite exhibits was the log rolling, though,” Frankenfield said.

The Great Lakes Timber Show was a popular demonstration in 14 Flags Plaza with two lumberjacks skating on floating logs, throwing axes and carving with chainsaws.

Near the log rollers and inside the Oklahoma Expo Center is the kid-friendly City of AGtropolis exhibit, a make-believe city with a mayor and a first lady that is centered on teaching youth interesting facts about present-day agriculture. Oklahoma State Fair

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