5 Days with our Earth: Close look at the event.

By: Karimar Rodriguez

Every year the Department of Agricultural Sciences host the event 5 Days with our Earth, this year the fair was held from March 13 to 17, 2012 at the Coliseum Roberto Mangual at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus (Rum). The Agricultural Fair starts off with the parade Tuesday at 10:30am-11:50pm. In the parade participate the different members of the faculty, the students who will be working at the fair, some people that will be presenting at the fair and they are all lead by the Universities flagged team and the band. After the parade is over everybody goes back to their respectful tent where they will be working.

Aside from the different educational forums giving at the fair it’s also gives people the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, plants of all different varieties from flowers to vegetables to fruits and even bonsais and a selection of small farm animals likes chicks, ducklings, bunnies and guinea pigs. As people continue from tent to tent they can encounter also where the farm animals display is where the can see and learn about horses, cows, bulls and somewhat smaller farm animals like  sheep, goats and of the poultry variety there are chickens, roster and turkeys. Also for the little ones and some young adults there is a petting area of baby goats. And finally the fair ends with the row of food stands that have different typical foods.

The fair during the night also offers different entertainment at which each night has a different name. First they start of with the Night of Opening, followed by Students Night, Collegiate Night, Tropical Night and finally ending with Mayaguezana Night. Performances during these night varieties from guitar troubadours like Bosa Trova, Cuerdas Sin Ley and also competitions of troubadours and Latin Rock like La Vitrola and Viva Nativa.

This event offers all that and more a nice ambient to escape to from the rush of the University, but the main reason for the event is to promote environmental awareness as well as to promote the disclosure and instruction about agricultural education. This event first started in 1977 when a group of students and professors from Agricultural Sciences wanted to promote the importance of their field of study. They had the objective to demonstrate to the general public the advances and benefits that agricultural bought. This vision was then later inherited to the students of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.

The main objectives of the fair are to promote leadership to the students of the faculty and relate them their professional environment that they will be working at. Also to develop the students capacity to interact with professionals of the field, public and private entities, other students and the general public. To promote team projects in planning, search for resources and administration. Finally to stimulate in the students fellowship and honor for their way of work through team projects and set goals.

This fair promises to have something for everyone no matter what age. Teaches people about the different ways agricultural is evolving and how it betters the planet.


1 Comment

  1. April 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm04

    I like how you described this activity because, it makes readers desire to assist this event. Also I like that you put some historical background. But, I think that the missing photos & captions, makes the feature story less eye catching. So be careful with that, remember that you want to catch readers attention! Otherwise, I like it!

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