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Fairgrounds site of next AgVenture event
Heather Pugh, a volunteer parent from Park View Elementary in Ripon, takes a picture of the schools third graders in front of a John Deere tractor during an AgVenture field trip at the Manteca Unified School Farm in October. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

More than 3,000 third graders from the Stockton area will tour the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and experience agriculture through presentations of plants, animals, and farm machinery on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will also learn about the food grown in their hometown.

The event is the popular AgVenture program, an educational event designed to teach young students the fundamentals of agriculture.

The third-grade students will be coming from the Stockton Unified School District, Lincoln Unified, the Presentation School, Annunciation School and the First Baptist Christian School. Included in the group will be teachers and more than 400 program volunteers.

AgVenture aims to educate the future of San Joaquin County’s students by increasing their awareness of the importance of agriculture. It showcases the county’s agricultural industry and teaches students the benefits of making healthy eating choices. By forming connections between the food on their plates and the crops grown in the county, students learn how agriculture impacts their daily lives.

AgVenture is jointly sponsored by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, the San Joaquin County Ag Commissioner’s Office, the San Joaquin County Office of Education, San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, California Women for Agriculture, Food 4 Less, and Rancho San Miguel Markets.

The San Joaquin County Fairgrounds is located at 1658 S. Airport Way in Stockton.

The last AgVenture event was held in the fall at the Manteca Unified School District facility with the district hosting the event. The participating students were third graders from Manteca Unified campuses.

AgVenture coordinator is Janet Dyk of Manteca.