Pupils from 80 schools get closer to agriculture

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Honington Primary School looking at the Beagles. From left: Jack Varney, Stuart Harnott, Isabel Free, Aylie Harrison with class teacher Mark Souter

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Honington Primary School looking at the Beagles. From left: Jack Varney, Stuart Harnott, Isabel Free, Aylie Harrison with class teacher Mark Souter

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CHILDREN from all over Suffolk flocked to the county showground for their own country fair.

Suffolk Agricultural Association held its 12th School Farm and Country Fair last Thursday at Trinity Park, Ipswich, home of its annual Suffolk Show.

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Sheep dog display

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Sheep dog display

Some 4,000 youngsters and their teachers from 80 Suffolk schools met farmers and professionals from the agricultural industry to learn about how food reaches their tables.

But there was also a fun side as they saw sheep shearing, gun dogs at work, falconry and ferret racing. They also had the chance to meet farm animals ranging in size from chicks to Suffolk Punches.

A red poll cow and calf and Suffolk sheep completed the county’s rare breed trinity the showground is named after.

The association had recruited 200 volunteers stewards and each school was paired with a steward as its own expert for the day.

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Isabelle Whinney and Lois Thompson from Abbotts Green Primary School doing a blind test to see if they can guess which vegetable is in the box

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Isabelle Whinney and Lois Thompson from Abbotts Green Primary School doing a blind test to see if they can guess which vegetable is in the box

Bill Baker, of Baker Farms, chairman of the fair’s organising committee, said: “For me, the highlight was seeing how enthusiastically the children interact with the huge variety of exhibits.

“The success of the day is measured by the excited expressions on the faces of many children.

As well as farming, the fair included stands from conservation bodies, beekeepers, composters and Anglian Water.

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Sam Vernon from Guildhall Feoffment Primary School learning about eggs

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured: Sam Vernon from Guildhall Feoffment Primary School learning about eggs

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured; Beagle

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured; Beagle

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured; Suffolk Hunt display

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured; Suffolk Hunt display

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured:Anna Berry from St Edmunds Primary School with a young duckling

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park''Pictured:Anna Berry from St Edmunds Primary School with a young duckling

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park

Annual Food and Farming fair for school children at Trinity Park