HAMBURG -- The brown cow paid little notice this morning as dozens of fourth graders from Windom Elementary School filed into a barn at the Erie County Fairgrounds for a lesson on farming.
But the students -- taking part in a new program designed to give them a glimpse of farm life -- could barely contain their excitement for petting the animals.
"It's really, really fun just to get away from school once in a while and just to do things that are fun," said fourth grader Jacob Marx.
But built into the fairground's new Farm 2 Table program, organizers said, are lessons in science and agricultural designed to reinforce the state's curriculum standards.
More than 650 third and fourth graders from eight area school districts will visit the fairgrounds during the next week to take part in the field trip program.
The students will get a hand in milking a cow, seeing how a black smith works and identifying parts of a chicken.
"It used to be that everybody had a grandfather or an uncle that lived on a farm, and you'd get there for the summer and see how that all happened," Underberg said. "We don't have that any more. The fair is the only real place that people have hands-on interaction with farm animals."
Go along on the fieldtrip and hear more about what the students are learning in this video: