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AgVenture & Barn Tours


Did you know the Jacksonville Fair is not part of the City, County or State and we do not receive any financial support from those branches of government? And yet we continue to offer our community the opportunity to experience agriculture up close by presenting the Jacksonville Fair each year. This is our 62nd year of teaching our community about agriculture. The FREE AgVenture and Barn Tours we offer students are just part of our ongoing effort to help them experience agriculture.

The Jacksonville Fair offers two very different types of educational agricultural programs for students. Both take place at times when the carnival part of the JaxFair is not open. Both tours are FREE of charge. Both are limited due to the number of students and chaperons we can accommodate and both are age specific. They then differ on how they are booked and how they are designed.

Barn Tours: These are not petting zoos but educational tours for kindergarten age children. The tours usually last about 45 minutes and introduce the children to their first up close glimpse of farm animals. AgVenture Tours are designed for third grade students who may be studying Florida Crops or "Ag in the Classroom." The AgVenture Tours begin at 9:00 AM and last through lunch until about 1:30 PM.

How Can I Book a Barn Tour? At 9:00 AM on October 2nd you may call our business office (353-0535), to book a class tour. Tours are scheduled every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. each Friday of the fair. Unfortunately, for liability reasons, we can only book 45-55 students in each time period so please, do not try to exceed that number. Have the following information available when you call. The school name and full mailing address. The teacher's name and a contact phone number for her /him and the number of students in that class. Classes may be combined as long as the number does not exceed the above total. Once booked a confirmation letter with specific instructions will be sent to the class teacher (s) at your school.

AgVenture Tours, sponsored by Duval County Farm Bureau.These tours are designed for 3rd grade students. They will begin at 9:00 AM and last until after lunch. During the tour our fairgrounds will be the student's classroom as they rotate through six educational stations to learn about cattle, poultry, forestry, sheep, goats, bees, fruits, vegetables and get a behind the scene look, including hands-on-activities provided by the Jacksonville Beekeeper's Association. Tour emphasis is placed on students becoming aware of the socioeconomic role of agriculture in our community and how it impacts our daily lives. At the end of the tour, lunch will be provided compliments of Duval County Farm Bureau before the students depart for home.

How Can I Book An AgVenture Tour? Tour time and space is limited and booked through application only. Public Schools and Private Schools, contact Ms. Beverly Hurst at beverly@jacksonvillefair.com or info@jacksonvillefair.com. Trinity Christian & Home Schools contact Mr. Rick Bullard at safaririck@aol.com. Only a limited number of students and tours can be accommodated. Once accepted a confirmation letter will be sent with specific instructions for your students tour.
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