By Kelsey Dayton, County10.com contributor
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Several hands reach eagerly at the horse and backed up reluctantly when reminded “one at a time.”
About 300 third graders visited the Central Wyoming College Equine Center in Riverton on Friday to learn about everything from sage grouse to sheep to gardening- and of course horses at the annual Ag in the Classroom Ag Expo hosted by the Riverton Cowbelles.
The horses were Patrick Sunrhodes, 8 of St. Stephens Elementary School, favorite.
“Horses are cool,” he said, after reluctantly moving away from the animal, which he got to pet at a station on horses and their shoes.
Students got a chance to climb up in a tractor, feel wool sheared from sheep and learn facts about animals- like how sheep can “get pink and pinker and pinker” if they are left in the sun, said Kaota Felter, 9 from St. Stephens.
Kaden Coles, 9, also from St. Stephens, liked a booth on electricity. It was cool to learn about the sound electricity makes and he learned how to be safe and not to touch wires.
For those at the booths it was a chance to teach about topics they find important and maybe inspire others.
Blake Rico, Rylee Crippen and Chase Taylor staffed the popular pig exhibit teaching students how pigs are cared for and how they are shown in competition.
“It’s a way for us to spread the agriculture tradition to more people,” Crippen said.
Living in the Riverton area students will have plenty of chances to get involved in groups like Future Farmers of America or 4-H, Taylor said. This is a way to get them excited about it, she said.
Even if the students never raise pigs themselves, it’s still important they understand livestock, Rico said. “So they know what they’re eating when they go the grocery store.