In celebration of National Agriculture Week, the Washington Pavilion is about to kick off its 13th annual Ag Day, Saturday.
In 2015, the free event drew more than 2,000 people. It's big and a lot of fun for the entire family.
"It's a celebration of South Dakota Agriculture. These farmers and ranchers produce so much more than we realize. It's our clothing, our food, our fuel. Without them, we wouldn't have the quality of life we do. They come here to bring awareness to agriculture and we hope people come in and help celebrate agriculture," Michele Wellman said.
Pavilion Director of Public Relations Michele Wellman says there is so much to learn whether you're from a small town or a big city.
"For me, growing up, a steak was at the grocery store. You don't think about the food or what goes into making cheese and cloth. I had a lot of learning. A city girl like me came to this event. There's more than 50 interactive activities. You learn a lot. It's a lot of fun for the kids," Wellman said.
Not only a day to learn, but a day to say 'thank you'.
"These ranchers and farmers are wonderful stewards of our land. They have to produce more and more on fewer acres. We should celebrate them as our champions for years to come for what they're doing for our resources," Wellman said.
The 13th annual Ag Day runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday. There will be free lunch provided from 11:30-1:30. In addition, all other activities at the Pavilion are free that day. That includes the Kirby Science Discovery Center, the Visual Art Center and the Wells Fargo Cinedome.
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