Oregon Ag Fest returns Saturday and Sunday in Salem

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Oregon families this weekend can watch chicks hatch, ride ponies and take an old-fashioned wagon ride when the annual Oregon Ag Fest returns to Salem.

The festival is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St N.E.

The event is intended to help fill the gap between urban and rural life and “help families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from,” according to its website.

This weekend’s Ag Fest will be the 33rd.

Activities for kids include planting seedlings, watching sheep get sheared and petting farm animals.

Attendees can also “touch, taste and buy” natural and processed ag products, watch demonstrations of old and new machinery and see the technology that brings products from farms to markets and then to homes, the event’s website said.

Children 12 and under get without a fee, and nearly all activities at the festival are free.

Entry is $9 for for ages 13 and up. There is free parking in blue, orange and gravel lots.

Those looking to attend can avoid lines by buying advance tickets online or discounted tickets at their local Wilco.

Pets are not allowed at the event except for service animals.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian