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Published June 27, 2008, 12:00 AM

Pancakes, petting zoo part of farm event

Breakfast on the Farm seeks to educate community on farm issues

By: Julie Buntjer, Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Grab a plate and get ready to catch your breakfast. Chris’ Cakes will serve free pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday from the FFA Foodstand on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington as part of the Breakfast on the Farm event. The public is invited to attend.

In addition to a free breakfast, sponsors will offer free potato chips and French fries prepared in trans-fat-free linolenic soybean oil. A petting zoo is planned for the children, and a contest that asks people “How much does that cost?” will have people guessing the price of farm implements.

Nobles County Farm Bureau sponsors the event as a way to educate the public about agriculture.

Matt Widboom, a Farm Bureau member and one of the organizers for the event, said Breakfast on the Farm gives the public an opportunity to meet farmers and ask questions about agriculture.

“It will be a good chance to talk about the food and fuel situation,” Widboom said, adding that people from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Beef Council will be at the event. Also, Minnesota Pork Ambassador Kate Richter plans to attend.

The Elk Tip Toppers 4-H Club will do face painting and organize interactive games for the children, while the Worthington FFA Chapter will have a petting zoo set up near the sheep barn.

“They will have sheep, llamas, ducks, baby calves, puppies, possibly a litter of little piglets and baby chickens,” Widboom said. FFA members and staff will be on hand to assist children who want to pet the animals.

Several farm organizations will have informational displays at the event, and a four-wheel drive tractor and combine will be on display, with people asked to guess the value for a chance to win prizes, including cash, a “Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner” apron or soy-nut container.