The History of Agriculture is the focus of the third annual Rend Lake College Farm and Garden Spring Fling, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Ina campus.
Bring the children for a day of free fun and learning. There will be a magic show at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m., a storyteller at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a petting zoo and hay rides, plus a Kids Planting Area sponsored by Lowe’s of Mt. Vernon as well as clowns and face painting.
Other activities include various demonstrations and displays, including horse shoeing, candle making, spinning, weaving, cooking and canning, basket making and an agriculture history photo wall. Youngsters can walk away from most of these activities with a free souvenir.
Project CHILD will be helping kids craft inchworms and RLC’s Adult Education Department will create paper flowers with the children. Stagecoach rides will be available as well.
Sure to be a highlight of the event is a herding demonstration by Maddie the Border collie, trained by Joyce Norris of Waltonville. Maddie normally herds sheep and cattle, but for this event, she will work with a "herd" of ducks.
Throughout the event, there will be an Antique Tractor Show. All of these events are free. Some vendors will have crafts available for sale, and snacks and lunch can be purchased from the RLC Culinary Arts Club.
Sponsors of the event include Burkdell Mulch Products (Benton), Busenbark Landscape and Design (Mt. Vernon), Emerick Brothers (Benton), K & K Storage Barns (Ewing), Lowe’s of Mt. Vernon, Rhino Linings of Southern Illinois (Benton) and Tate’s Crazy Horse Iron Works (Mt. Vernon).
This third annual event will be held in the gymnasium area on campus, rain or shine. For more information about the RLC Farm and Garden Spring Fling, contact Community Education Director Dawn Gibson at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or toll-free at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267.