Prairieland Park Plans New Interactive Agricultural Display

CANADA - Saskatoon Prairieland Park plans to unveil a new interactive agricultural display as part of its annual summer fair in August, writes Bruce Cochrane.
calendar icon 30 April 2008
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Saskatoon Prairieland Park is a community-driven, nonprofit corporation which serves agriculture, industry, entertainment, education, sports, and culture.

To reintroduce agriculture to Saskatoon's summer fair, a series of interactive displays is being created.

Agriculture Manager Lori Cates says phase one will focus on the dairy, beef, pork and poultry sectors.

Lori Cates-Prairieland Park

Each exhibit will consist of touch screens, some computers, some hands on flip open boards so kids can interact with the station so it's not just go and read some text.

It will be very very hands on.

Each station or display will focus on different aspects with those commodity groups, the social impact of that group in Saskatchewan, economic impact, the nutritional information and the environmental impact of that commodity group in Saskatchewan.

We're going to talk about economics, we're going to talk about where are there jobs in agriculture now, we're going to talk about where their food comes from.

Our society is becoming more and more urban oriented given that a lot of people don't understand where their food comes from, how the animals are cared for.

We want to teach people that the food that's grown here in Saskatchewan is nutritious, is well looked after and that we have a thriving industry in agriculture here in Saskatchewan.

The displays will be introduced during the summer fair in August but will also be used at other events at Prairieland Park.

Cates estimates over a quarter million people could be exposed to the exhibit during a given year.

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