Area kids will be making their way to West Virginia University’s Animal Sciences Farm for the next few days for ‘Kiddie Days.’
The event allows kids and adults in the region to not only see animals, but also learn more about farming and where the food on their table comes from.
“Its just a wonderful thing that they do every year, I used to come when I was young, and now I’m bringing my daughter to experience the same thing. It’s wonderful to get that hands on experience for those of us that don’t get to experience the farm life,” said Regina Scott, visitor at the farm.
“We have all of the farm animals on display, and then we also bring in a lot of baby animals. We have chicks, and ducks, and rabbits. We have a donkey, a horse, we have our dairy cattle here. A couple of beef cows. Also, we have lambs, and chickens, and roosters out on display. And the kids get to come in and they can pet some of the animals. They can hear about what we do here on the farm, and kind of learn a little bit about the farm animals that they see in their books and on tv,” said Ben Walsh, WVU Animal Sciences Farm.
“So kids get really excited. Some of them, especially ones who have read a lot about or seen a lot of storybooks about the animals, but actually haven’t gotten a chance to pet a duck or a bunny and they really get excited about it. It’s a lot of fun,” said Walsh.
“I really liked holding the chicks. And they were so soft and warm. And apparently the donkey, apparently really liked nibbling on my fingers,” said Dominic Hunking, student.
“We’ve been doing it for at least 45 years. We think around 50 years and it just kind of started I think as a day on the farm for kids and it’s kind of grown, and we have teachers start calling in December and January to schedule their dates because they always know it’s coming up,” said Walsh.
Tours will also be running Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. At the WVU Animal Sciences farm in Morgantown on Stewartstown Road.