A Tour Into the Panhandle South Plains Fair Petting Zoo - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/28/07

A Tour Into the Panhandle South Plains Fair Petting Zoo

Children love it and adults can't resist it! Of course we're talking about the Children's 4-H Petting Barn at the Panhandle South Plains Fair.

Mark Brown with 4-H says, while it's a fun attraction for the family it's also hands on learning.

"We're here for educational purposes as well. We've got a lot of domestic farm animals out here that kids in town don't get to see otherwise," says Mark.

That's where the petting zoo comes in.

"I know the Children's Barnyard has been in operation since I was a kid. I grew up in Plainview, and I remember coming up to the barnyard. There's one gentleman who always has our chick display. His name is Bill Biddy, and he's been displaying chicks since 1962. And then in addition to that we have a few exotic animals that people always donate and have out here on display," explains Mark.

A stroll through the 4-H barn gives you an up close and personal look at some of those odd animals, but it's not just odd animals. If you walk into the crop exhibit and you can see some pretty odd vegetables and some huge pumpkins.

"This year it looks like the winner came in just over 200 pounds, about 204," Mark points out.

That pumpkin would take forever to carve. And the winning watermelon tips the scale at 152 pounds.

FFA puts on the crops competition each year and along with the 4-H Children's Barn and it's all free.

Click here for a complete list of events at the Panhandle South Plains Fair.

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