The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service of Halifax plans to present a Mobile Dairy Classroom exhibit Saturday, May 8 at the 17th annual Halifax County Heritage Festival.
The 32-foot mobile classroom features a fully operational milking parlor and carries a live dairy cow to schools, fairs and festivals throughout the south.
The exhibit is part of an educational program operated by the Southwest Dairy Museum, Inc. and is funded by local dairy farmer producers in Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia throughout the national milk check-off programs.
The exhibit will include a 30 to 45-minute presentation by a trained instructor who teaches the process of modern milking and the importance of dairy foods in a healthy diet. Students also will be taught the characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows, the importance of modern environmental and food safety practices on a dairy farm, and the vital role agriculture plays in our lives.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom will be presented during the day Saturday, May 8.
The Heritage Festival is a two-day event beginning Friday, May 7, at 9 a.m. concluding Saturday, May 8 at 6 p.m.
Admission is $7 per day for adults and children 12 years and older.
Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
Special two-day tickets will be available for purchase on Friday for $10 each.
Anyone purchasing a two-day ticket Friday, May 7, will be admitted without charge on Saturday, May 8.
Visit www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org for more information and updated schedules when finalized.