Meteorologist Paul Poteet munches on kettle corn with Delaware County Fair Queen Caitlyn Thomas. He shared his weather outlook with fans and fairgoers at the Delaware County Farm Festival.
Meteorologist Paul Poteet munches on kettle corn with Delaware County Fair Queen Caitlyn Thomas. He shared his weather outlook with fans and fairgoers at the Delaware County Farm Festival.
MUNCIE, Ind. — Thousands of families and school groups traveled through Delaware County Fairgrounds for the annual Farm Festival March 18-19.

Nose to nose with goats, sheep and even a donkey, kids had the chance to see what agriculture looked like up close. Purdue University master gardeners taught students how to have a green thumb when it comes to planting seeds, and piles of hay bales served as a playground.

“We had a good turnout yesterday and today,” said Mark Smithson, chairman for the festival. “We’ve had more than 2,500 schoolchildren — it’s been very busy. We had a benefit auction and had the greatest number of bidders we’ve ever had.”

The festival has been going on for 36 years. It’s designed to teach kids about agriculture in a fun, interactive way.

Booth vendors handed out educational materials for students to take home. Participants could try kettle corn, milk a cow, pet a horse and watch a sheep being sheared.

“They love watching sheep ‘take their coat off,’” Smithson said.

The fair is primarily designed for urban folks to learn about agriculture, he added.

A group of farmers and fans also gathered to listen to meteorologist Paul Poteet discuss weather patterns.

Although it’s been an unusually snowy winter, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the weather this summer will be extreme, as well, he said.

“Most of the seasons where we’ve had a really cold or snowy winter, we’ve either had a neutral drought index or slightly more moisture in parts of the state,” Poteet said.

“As far as cause and effect of what might happen to crops this season, if you go by this analog of what has happened before, then there is no particular threat that it will suddenly snap back in the other direction of a really hot summer. We could have a really cool summer.”