By Octorara Area School District
The event was sponsored by the Delaware/Chester County Farm Bureau, Herr Foods, Citadel Federal Credit Union and Home Depot. Each of these entities provided financial assistance and had displays at the Expo.
The event was intended to showcase student work and to demonstrate the importance of science, business and technology as related to the agriculture industry.
Students from the Octorara Chapter of the Future Farmers of America were presenters and provided organization for the event. The Expo was a collaborative effort with Chester County 20/20.
Special music was presented by the bluegrass musicians, The Blue Dot Ramblers. Additionally, the Expo hosted a Mobile Agriculture Education Science Laboratory that featured science experiments, a scavenger hunt, and making a “farm fan.”
Representatives were present from Technical College High School with a display by an Octorara Area High School student in its Wildlife Management Academy.
The Parkesburg Food Bank had a table with displays and people present to answer questions about its work.
Beyond the presence and the work of the Octorara FFA, Octorara Area School District students were represented in several ways.
Environmental posters developed by the Octorara Primary Learning Center Envirothon Club were on display. Students from the Octorara Area High School Culinary Arts class presented demonstrations on the science of food. And Dr. Dave Rutledge provided a table with information and provided interested parents and students with an opportunity to ask questions and to get answers about Career and Technical Education Programs.
Octorara officials declared the Expo a success and are planning to expand it the spring of 2014.
People interested in helping to plan and develop the event can contact Jill Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 610-593-8238 ext. 3500. An organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Octorara Junior High School Multi-Purpose Room.