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No Boots Required – Farm Days Come To COSI

Learn what it takes to be a farmer at COSI August 14 – 18, 2013

Photo from a past Farm Days.

COLUMBUS, OH – COSI brings the farm back to the city for the ninth year in a row, with Farm Days: Little Seeds, Big Tractors. This special event runs Wednesday, August 14 – Sunday, August 18 and features more than 20 pieces of huge farming equipment arranged on the west side of COSI.

Visitors can climb into the cabs of tractors, a combine and even small farm equipment. Kids can test their driving skills on a pedal tractor obstacle course, try milking COSI's fiberglass cow (Daisy), make a seed necklace and collect Farm Days trading cards to take home. Video stations emphasize the importance of agriculture technology to feed a growing world population as well as highlight the stories of local farmers who raise everything from sheep to soybeans.

Farm Days also features baby chickens hatching and sheep shearing. COSI's popular "Path of a Farmer" game has been updated for even more fun. Visitors get a game card and collect stamps as they go through the seasons on a farm. Then they spin a wheel to see how the weather and market affect their farm profit (or loss!)

Farm Days is open during normal COSI hours. COSI is open Monday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday noon – 6pm through Labor Day. Admission to Farm Days is included with regular COSI admission. This event is "grown" and made possible by Franklin County Farm Bureau, Bob Evans Farms and Franklin Equipment. Supported by United Producers, Inc., The Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and Ohio Soybean Council. Media partner 92.3 WCOL.

Did you know?

  • One in seven Ohioans has an agriculture related job.
  • Each farmer in America produces enough food to feed 155 people. In 1940, each farmer in America provided for approximately 19 people.
  • Corn is grown in more countries than any other crop and still the United States produces 41.56% of the world's corn. Ethanol, made from the sugars in grains, is being used as an alternative fuel.
  • It's expected that in order to feed a growing world population, farmers will need to produce more food in the next 50 years than was produced in the previous 10,000 years combined.

Author; Jaclyn Reynolds

About the Author

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 15 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.