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Trains and Tulips

July 12, 2013

As the summer months get into full swing, staff members at Iowa Lakes are spending time preparing for the upcoming ‘county fair’ season. After holding several meetings and recalling past pictures and the stories that went along with them, some events truly stuck in the minds of faculty members. 
One such event was during the Clay County Fair the “Greatest County Fair.”
Emmetsburg students in the Landscape and Turfgrass Technology program at Iowa Lakes worked in the Activity Center in the Train Depot building one day. They had a display set up with 12 different kinds of fruit from area trees, planting seminars, and did something truly special.
The last few years the Clay County Fair has hosted a program called ‘Ag Citing’ this is when area elementary students can come to the fair for a day and receive tours of the grounds. The tour guides pass along knowledge of the machinery, animals, and other attractions that cover the grounds for nine fabulous days.
One such ‘Ag Citing’ group had some extra time on their hands and entered The Depot building right when the students from Iowa Lakes and instructor, Kevin Fehr, were going to go out and show how to plant tulips.
“It was a fun activity for the Landscape and Turfgrass Technology students to be a part of and be able to work with younger students,” remarked Fehr when recalling the day at the fair. “The college students helped as mentors when the elementary students planted a tulip bulb.”
That day it was five college students up against a class of eager third graders. Armed with bulb planters and little shovels the students went to work and planted a number of tulips around the sign on the east side of the Industrial Building.
While reminiscing on that day, Fehr commented, “There is a great demand for individuals in both the Landscape and Turfgrass Industries. Both industries are looking for leaders who can lead crews & are knowledgeable about caring for plants & turf grass. The landscaping companies are extremely busy and it is a growing industry. People are taking pride in their yards and enjoy spending time outside.”
Fehr and his class plan on being out at the Clay County Fair again this year for ‘Bushels of Fun’ with young and old green thumbs alike. 
Kevin Fehr shows students how to plant a tulip bulb
Kevin Fehr shows students how to plant a tulip bulb
The blooming tulips this spring
The blooming tulips this spring
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