Large equipment, big grain bins, and high-voltage electrical infrastructure can be found on the typical family farm in South Dakota. All those things play a key role in increasing efficiency and productivity on the farm. However, those items also need to be treated with a healthy level of respect and operated in a safe manner. It is the reason Agtegra Cooperative and three local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are teaming up to host a Farm Safety Party for kids and families at the 2019 Brown County Fair.
“The Brown County Fair is the perfect place to reach families with the important message of farm safety,” Northern Electric Cooperative Communications Director Ben Dunsmoor said.
Northern Electric Cooperative along with FEM Electric Association and Lake Region Electric Association are partnering with Agtegra Cooperative to bring an electrical safety component to the four-hour farm safety event on August 15. Agtegra launched the Farm Safety Party for the first time last year.
“We were thrilled with the amount of positive feedback this event received from parents, community members, and fair board members,” Agtegra Employee Communications Coordinator Ashlee Kienow said.
The free event includes several activities and games to teach children and their family members about safety and the various hazards they can encounter on the farm. The Farm Safety Party will feature grain engulfment rescue training demonstrations for adults 18 and older, an ATV safety simulator, electrical safety demonstrations, a safety gear dress-up booth, and a grain sensory station.
“Throughout our territory, children are surrounded by farms, equipment, and livestock. By throwing a Farm Safety Party, we created a fun environment to educate hundreds of children on the basics of farm safety,” Kienow said.
Electric co-ops are joining the party this year because safety around power lines continues to be a big concern as the size of farm equipment continues to increase.
“Our local Touchstone Energy Cooperatives were looking for a new and fun way to connect with children and families at the Brown County Fair. We are excited to partner with Agtegra this year and offer electrical safety demonstrations during this great event,” Dunsmoor said.
The Farm Safety Party will be held in the ‘Kid’s Zone’ at the Brown County Fair which is on the southwest side of the Holum Expo Building. The party gets started at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, and it will continue until 2 p.m. in the afternoon. The event is free and is open to anyone who is attending the Brown County Fair.
@ The Brown County Fair
Who: Families, Kids, and All Ages Are Welcome at this Free Event!
What: Grain Bin Safety, Electrical Safety, ATV Safety, Safety Dress-Up Booth, and More!
When: Thursday, August 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Kid's Zone Southwest of the Odde Ice Arena and Holum Expo Building at the Brown County Fairgrounds