By SARAH PETRAMALA Otero College
On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, the Nation celebrated the agriculture industry with National Agriculture Day. The Otero Department of Agriculture and the Ag Club have postponed the celebration due to weather conditions. The celebration has been postponed to Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
The day’s events will begin with an all-day scavenger hunt for all things farming on the Otero campus. A free app, “GooseChase”, can be downloaded, users will then log in with an email and password, find the search titled “Find the needle in the haystack”, and get started! The afternoon will be filled with activities, including one-minute farming-themed games to win and a petting zoo. These games include everything from dressing up a goat, stacking hay and making butter in a minute. You won’t want to miss the chicks, goats, lambs, puppies and ponies at the petting zoo.
These activities will take place in the courtyard of McDivitt Hall and on the lawn west of the Kiva on the Otero campus from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the student center, there will be a huge quiz game with questions all about farming. This will really test your knowledge of where your food and fiber comes from, so educate yourself!
Brooke Matthew, of Otero College of Agriculture, said, “Today will be a great day to help educate those on and off campus about the food we eat and the clothes we wear. everyday. There will be prizes at the end of the day for all events, so enjoy the fresh air and come learn about agriculture here at Otero College.
For any questions, please contact Brooke Matthew at 719-384-6964 or email brooke. [email protected].
Students from across the Arkansas Valley and beyond have chosen their best artistic creations to participate in the 66th annual Otero Arts Festival taking place at McDivitt Gymnasium on the Otero College campus March 29-3. They brought their art to the exhibition on Friday afternoon, March 25. Literary works were judged separately and will be exhibited.
Students participating in the 66th annual Otero Arts Festival were on hand Friday afternoon to hang their exhibit. Students from grades 7 to 12 are represented. Schools from as far north as Limon were represented, but the majority come from the Arkansas Valley region of Fowler, Manzanola, Rocky Ford, Swink, La Junta, and Crowley County.
The festival runs March 29-31 at McDivitt Gym on the Otero College campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It features literary creations, sculptures, pottery, paintings, drawings and other works of art. submitted by middle and high school students from across Southeast Colorado. Started as an art competition for elementary and secondary school students 66 years ago, the Otero Arts Festival is the longest running event for public school students that continues to be sponsored by the college. For the past few years, the writing and art competitions have attracted more than 2,000 entries per year.
• The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm to recognize this year’s top ribbon winners. Admission to the exhibition is free.