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UFA Aggie Days kicks off with a bang

April 10, 2019

The 13th annual Exhibition Park AGGIE DAYS, presented by UFA opened Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday April 11 at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge.

Aggie Days is back at Exhibition park for a 13th year. Students were able to participate in everything from petting goats and horses to a milking demonstration.  As a main Sponsor, UFA is passionate about connecting the agricultural industry with younger generations.

"We are really just excited about having kids come down here and experience what it's like to interact with the animals. We teach about farm safety, and we also teach a little bit about where food comes from. We're really pleasantly surprised with how interactive the kids actually are. They have a ton of questions, but they actually have a base of knowledge for this as well so that's kind of exciting, it really shows how these events really foster that education," says Manager of Community Investment, Kim MacDonald.

With 45 exhibitors, all of the displays agreed on the importance of teaching youth about one of the Worlds most crucial industries.  Barb and David Stabbler who are Dairy farmers from Bona place farm were excited to participate with a milking demonstration.

"It's really important to know where your food comes from—that's the most important thing. A lot of children or people don't know that milk comes from cows, they think it comes from the grocery store and its really important for them to know that it comes from cows," notes Barb Stabbler.

This year Aggie Days registered 2,300 students, which is the most the event has seen in at least five years, according to UFA.