SEBRING - Dozens of volunteers have been converting the Highlands County Fair Grounds into a huge outdoor classroom for the 14th annual Ag-Venture, where about 1,200 third-graders will spend a day learning about agriculture.
Volunteers are bringing in plants, bales of hay, arranging animal pens and preparing various hands-on activities for the students including: butter making, juicing oranges, planting seeds, petting a calf, touching a baby alligator and much more.
The event runs Tuesday through Thursday, and third-graders from different schools attend one of the three days.
Darlene Phypers, of Happiness Farms, said Friday about 160 volunteers will be working in various positions.
Saturday, many volunteers were scheduled to go around to the learning stations to put the skirting on tables, assemble the backgrounds, haul hay and plants and set up chairs and tables, she said.
Organizing the kitchen is another major task, she said, with a job of feeding 160 volunteers.
"It takes a lot of supplies and then there is the barbecue for 700 people," Phypers added.
The barbecue steak dinner will be held 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., rain or shine, Tuesday, featuring a rib-eye steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, yeast roll, homemade ice cream and a beverage. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
Adults can tour the Ag-Venture learning stations by golf cart at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
It will be a fun evening with a band playing, Phypers added.
Also, mums will be for sale Tuesday.
Phypers said the mums were donated by Windmill Farms and they will be sold for $3 a piece to help support Ag-Venture.