Giant tractors, wads of unprocessed cotton, seeds to plant, puzzles to solve and animals to pet. It was all part of the first Ag-Fest in Tulare, CA, designed to teach children the importance of the area's agricultural foundation.

Tulare County may lead the nation in dairy production and contain some of the most productive farmland in the world, but many area youngsters still think what they eat and drink comes only from the grocery store, organizers say.

At the event, the International Agri-Center in Tulare set out to address that problem with a hands-on, fun-filled day of activities that gently cloaked the lessons being taught.

"This is great! It teaches you about animals and food and stuff in our county, and that cows make milk and stuff that's important to us," says Tyler Limperio, 9, of Tulare, while touching a huge bundle of cotton.

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