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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

/> Visitors peered into incubators and watched chicks hatch from their shells, saw a colony of bees buzz in their glass-enclosed hives and even learned how honey is extracted from honeycombs.

Bill Majors, a Ponca City farmer and rancher who acts as "mayor” of AGtropolis, explained to visitors different areas of the exhibit, including a small "mountain” where goats and sheep sleep and play on display, and an area where children can play farmer.

Children can plant seeds, pick apples, pumpkins and potatoes and gather eggs in the exhibit.

A short walk from the Oklahoma Expo Hall are the Kiddie Tractor Rides, a petting zoo and camel and horseback rides.

"I want my kids to see the animals and ride the rides,” said Jillian McGaha of Seminole.

She said it’s the first time her 4- and 5-year-old sons have been to the fair.

"Them getting in free was definitely a perk,” McGaha said.

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