A shindig worthy of note will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, in Springfield when an agriculture organization teams up to help raise funds for a new children’s exhibit.

The Illinois Pork Producers Association will join the Illinois Wine Growers and a host of other sponsors for the fourth annual “Pork Meets Cork” event in downtown Springfield. Proceeds from this popular event will benefit the “farm to market” exhibit, which will be part of the new Kidzeum of Health and Science.

The event will include pork donated and prepared onsite by IPPA. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

To round out the dining experiences, visitors will receive tasting tickets to sample wines from five Illinois wineries. Wines also can be purchased throughout the event.

The Cooper Meza Band will kick off the evening with music beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Stone & Biscuit, who will perform country and classic rock until 10 p.m.

“Pork Meets Cork” will be held on Adams Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Construction of the children’s museum, located in the 400 block of E. Adams St., is anticipated to begin in February and open in the spring of 2015.

The 15,000-square-foot structure will feature three exhibit themes — healthy body, healthy community, and healthy earth and environment — with many interactive displays.

Agriculture-related exhibits in the area of healthy earth and environment include intermodal transportation system, GPS planting agri-challenge, TPS harvester racetrack, soybean soil test kiosk, bio-engineering insecticide exhibit, bio-seed water engagement, plant cycle simulator, crop yield catcher and what’s made of corn.

Parts of the healthy community exhibit focusing on agriculture include farm field and corn maze, food production and farmers market, and corn and grain silo system and milking stand.

Agriculture continues to take giant steps in educating the public of what truly happens on our farms, and this will provide an opportunity to bring that message to our future leaders. So pop a cork and have some pork for a good cause.