OSU Extension ready for Wayne Fair

OSU Extension ready for Wayne Fair

Fairy gardens and butterflies, health and nutrition, and how to watch for consumer scams are among the program topics the Ohio State University Extension will offer in the Grange Rotunda building at this year’s Wayne County Fair.

We are excited about our lineup of experts who will give free presentations and demonstrations on Monday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Sept. 15. Fair-goers can sit down, relax and enjoy the informative programs.

Here’s what we have planned:

Monday, Sept. 12

What You Should Know Before Buying a Backyard Greenhouse by Jeannine Snyder will take place at 10:30 a.m. A backyard greenhouse sounds great but comes with some challenges. This presentation will help you be prepared to face those challenges before deciding what type of greenhouse to purchase.

A presentation by Kayli Long, education director for the Ohio Pork Council, will take place at 11:30 a.m.

A children’s make it, take it sun-safety activity will take place at 12:30 p.m. Children can make a bracelet with beads sensitive to ultraviolet light. The beads turn colors with bright sunlight, serving as a reminder to reapply sunscreen.

Wayne County Tourism and the Hidden Gems To Visit by Martha Starkey, executive director of Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will take place at 2 p.m.

Get Ahead of the Pack — How To Prepare Easy and Healthy School Lunches for Your Children by Melinda Hill, family and consumer sciences educator at OSU Extension Wayne County, will take place at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Casting Your Net: Finding Your Ancestors Online by Deb Kitko, genealogy librarian at the Wayne County Public Library, will take place at 10:30 a.m. The digital age has led to millions of records online. Kitko will describe some of the resources available to family historians.

The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly will take place at 11:30 a.m. Art and Jean Holden will talk about how we can help the butterfly and other pollinators by planting milkweed and other pollinator plants.

Fairy Gardening — All About Miniatures for Gardens Including Selection, Design Care and Where to Find Accessories by Barbara Burkey, co-owner with her husband Jim of Nature’s Trail and Gardens in Wooster, will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Good Bug, Bad Bug by Frank Becker, integrated pest management specialist at OSU Extension Wayne County, will take place at 2 p.m. Bugs of all shapes, sizes and colors can be found in our flower beds, vegetable gardens and generally around the yard and home. Do you know which bugs are a threat to your flowers or veggies? How about which bugs are helping defend your plants? In this session you will learn how to tell a good bug from a bad bug, what bugs do and how to promote ecological balance in your backyard.

Diabetes, What Can I Eat? by Rita Abboud, a clinical/registered dietitian at Wooster Community Hospital, will take place at 3 p.m. Let’s make it simple! Healthy eating does not have to be complicated if you have diabetes. Learn how to eat right and live well to better manage your blood sugars and prevent the complications of diabetes.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Consumer Scams and How To Avoid Them by Ryan Lippe from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will take place at 10:30 a.m.

Grilling With Beef by Ann Gest from the Ohio Beef Council will take place at 12:30 p.m.

A quilting demonstration led by Ruth Bishop from the Tree City Quilters’ Guild will take place at 2 p.m.

Direction Home Services for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities by Lynnette Witte, ombudsman at Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, will take place at 3 p.m. Direction Home is a private, nonprofit organization that helps older adults and people with disabilities thrive in the places they want to call home.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Native Plants You Should Know by Paul Snyder, operations manager at Secrest Arboretum Welcome and Education Center, will take place at 10:30 a.m. Learn about under-utilized native plants for your landscape.

No-Till Gardening by Bridget Painter, Master Gardener intern, will take place at 11:30 a.m. No-till practices are widely used in agricultural systems, but they also can be used in the vegetable garden. Discover how this practice can benefit the soil in your garden.

Laurie Sidle is a family and consumer sciences program assistant with OSU Extension Wayne County.