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STEAM tent new to fair

Whitney Pennington (right, center) works with youngsters to make rock candy out of water and sugar.


Hunter Dood

Staff Writer

The Barry County Fair has added something new: The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics tent.

The STEAM tent is being coordinated by Whitney Pennington, an Americorps 4-H student volunteer and Hastings native.

“Most people think 4-H is just animals, but we do a lot more in 4-H,” she said, adding that 4-H provides a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, responsibility, social skills and career skills outside of the school setting.

Plus, Pennington said, it allows kids to make friendships beyond their own schools or communities.

She said she hopes the program will engage new families to show them what 4-H is all about.

“Everybody that has participated has had a great time,” she said.

Specific activities have been scheduled throughout the week at the Community Tent near the beef barn.

The schedule for the rest of the week at the STEAM tent is:

• Thursday – Jell-O chemistry, 2-2:30 p.m.

• Friday – chemistry experiments with mystery powders, 10-10:30 a.m.; rain sticks, 2-2:30 p.m.

• Saturday – hula hoop rock, paper, scissors, 10-10:30 a.m.; grape juice rainbows, noon-12:30 p.m.; and rain sticks, 2-2:30 p.m.


These STEAM tent activities can be found at the community tent or the Farm Bureau tent.

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