Sixth Annual PAL Day on the Farm in Baltimore County
Oct. 21, 2011
The Day on the Farm for PAL Center kids doubled in size this year to serve about 180 youngsters. It moved from Stockton Farm to the brand new Maryland Agricultural Resource Center on Shawan Road where activity stations could be set up in and around the barn and show ring. The event occured on a blustery but dry Friday when schools were closed for teachers’ meetings.
The youngsters arrived around 9:30 a.m. in vans from nine PAL centers, and they stayed until about 2:30 p.m. Each group was accompanied by staff from their center. The kids were kept busy with games crafts, 4-H animals to see and fire and rescue equipment to explore. Bales of hay served as a seating area. A new feature this year was the mobile Maryland Agricultural Showcase, a trailer-truck exhibit that allows students to learn about Maryland agriculture in a hands-on way. (Milking the cow was a big hit!) The Optimists served lunch under a tent. Baltimore County police officers, 4-H members and volunteer firefighters also took part in the event.
More than a dozen Timonium Optimists volunteered their time before, after and during the event to set up, clean up, and to help with games and serving lunch. Special thanks go to Dick and Mickey Price for coordinating PAL Farm day.
Feedback from all involved—especially the kids—is so positive that the Timonium Optimists plan to continue this project!
The PAL Board awarded the club a certificate of appreciation for co-sponsoring the event.