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WCHS students get taste of farm life
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The third try was the charm for Warren County High School’s Ag Day.
Rain and bad weather had knocked out the two previous dates, but Friday proved to have perfect weather for the event held outside on the WCHS campus.
Lucas Patterson brought several animals with him to Ag Day. He had a rabbit, chickens and a goat named Katie.
Lucas said he thinks the goat is pregnant and speculates she will only have one kid because she is young herself at only 2 years old.
“Most goats have twins,” Lucus said, “unless they are young. And since Katie is young, she will probably only have one baby.”
Patterson said he likes Ag Day because, “I think it’s a good chance for kids to learn and experience what ag is really like.”
Will Kirkpatrick added, “It is really fun, too.”
Kirkpatrick drove a 4020 John Deere tractor to school. He said his family owns 400 to 500 acres and he works on the farm growing row crops, corn, soybeans and wheat.
Gerald Grissom’s mules, Kit and Kate, pulled a covered wagon to Ag Day to be with his grandson, Eli Lance. Grissom and Lance were giving rides throughout WCHS’s campus to anyone who wanted to sit in the wagon.
Several students took a ride on the wagon, as well as students from neighboring Hickory Creek Elementary, and several ladies who work in the WCHS cafeteria.
 Grissom said he was an FFA reporter in 1950-1951. “It is a thrill for me to be here today with this bunch of FFA boys and girls.”
Grissom said he has owned mules and farmed all of his life. He also said his wagon was driven from Nashville to Valley Forge, Penn., during the country’s bicentennial in 1976. “We left Nashville on April 18 and made it to Valley Forge on July 2,” said Grissom.
Many WCHS students would agree with Logan Young’s favorite thing about Ag Day. He said, “I love it! We get to get out of class.”
School Board member Bill Zechman said, “Ag Day is a very important educational companion to the overall curriculum and celebrates our agricultural heritage. It is not just great for those who live on farms, which is a small and declining minority of people. Some kids never get a chance to see and be around farm animals.”