Fun-filled day at the AC

Jill Fowler
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BIBLE HILL - For sisters Erin and Emma Shala, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College annual open house was a day filled with new and fun experiences.
"It was so much fun," shouted eight-year-old Erin. "The best part was the cows and the fish. We usually don't get to see animals a lot. I loved it."
For four-year-old Emma, the best part was seeing a hole in the side of a real cow, a method used by researchers so they can observe the animal's digestion.
"I wanted to put my hand it in," she laughed.
The Bible Hill residents were just two of the estimated 800 people, most of them children, who attended yesterday's festivities, which included tractor hay rides, playing in bubbles, face painting, tree climbing, a teddy bear clinic, a surgery bear, close encounters with livestock, basketball, and much more.
Mike Yeh, also of Bible Hill, liked the fish.
"I wanted to see the fish and feed them," said Yeh, eight. "It was great 'cause when we throw in the fish food it all falls to the bottom and it's fun to watch."
Yeh even got to toss a wet sponge at NSAC professor Jim Duston during the Soak Your Folks event.
"It's fun," said Duston, who works in the fish-farming department. "It's not too bad, I like getting wet."
Duston thinks the open house is a great learning experience for youngsters.
"They get to mix fooling around with a bit of education," he said. "And they've been screaming a lot."
For four-year-old Sarah MacInnis, the open house was a chance to not only have fun with her day-care friends, but also spend time with her mother Elaine, a librarian at the AC.
Sarah grinned from ear-to-ear when she arrived at the fake tattoo station, where she had a cow painted on her arm.
"I chose a cow because I have one on my shirt," laughed the four-year-old as she pointed to her T-shirt.
NSAC spokesman Sabrina McGee describes the open house as a chance for the college to give back to the community.
"We've also got some world-class research going on here so it's a chance to showcase what we're doing," she added.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, AC

Geographic location: The Bible Hill

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  • Shanin
    January 18, 2010 - 10:17

    It is nice to hear so many took part in this Open House. My daughter works with the cattle @ the AC & got to spend the day talking with the children. I think it is great for the kids to experience. She had mentioned how busy it was & now we know why with that big of a turnout. Great Work AC.