There is an exciting new feature at the Indiana State Fair this year and we probably spent 2 hours there today. It offered a wealth of information about the soy agriculture in Indiana. This new feature is the Glass Barn presented by the Indiana Soybean Alliance.
We were immediately greeted by cute photo ops with Bennie the Bean and fast facts about one of Indiana’s signature crops.
Throughout the Indiana State Fair, visitors of the Glass Barn will have an opportunity to video chat with Indiana farmers on their farms and ask them questions about what is happening in their fields and barns. In addition to talking with farmers, Glass Barn visitors can enjoy a free photo booth, learn about modern farms through an interactive computer game and Beango (a fun fact scavenger hunt), and follow the journey a soybean takes from field to table.
A great interactive feature at the Glass Barn is the Talk to Farmer that occurs daily. It is moderated by friend, fellow wine lover (@IndianaWineBabe) and farmer herself: Jeanette Merritt. Today she led the discussion with dairy farmer Liz Kelsay of Kelsay Farms in Whiteland, Indiana. Other farmers involved in these live chats are Heather Hill of Hill Farms of Greenfield, Steinkamp Farms of Evansville and Amy Kelsay also of Kelsay Farms.
Talk to a farmer: Daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. you will have an opportunity to talk with one of their farmers in the weGROW theater. You can virtually visit their farm, and ask them any questions you have about farming. The majority of farms in Indiana are family owned, just like the three featured in the exhibit.
Family activities at the Glass Barn
Finding Soy in Your Home
Go through the exhibit and make a list of everything that contains soy that you can find in your home. What surprised you about walking through the exhibit? Are there new products you want to try?
Start your time at the fair by visiting the Glass Barn. During the rest of your day at the fair, apply what you learned at the exhibit. For example, talk to farmers at the barns, or trace your food back to soybeans.
Changes in Farming
Start your visit in the Pioneer Village. Then walk over to the Glass Barn and compare and contrast the two exhibits. What are the differences in farming practices? What are the similarities?
Want to go see the Glass Barn for yourself? I am giving away a family 4 pack of tickets from NOW-8/8 at 9 pm est. Leave me a comment below with one fast fact YOU learned from the Indiana Soybean Alliance website. Also, for an additional entry use one of the social share buttons below and tag @Basilmomma.