Roughly 500 students learn about farm safety

By WKTV News

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - While it was a fun and exciting exercise Tuesday morning, it was a very serious topic being covered at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort.

Roughly 500 fifth graders gathered at the fairgrounds on Tuesday to talk about farm safety. The droves of students are learning tools and skills that could one day save their lives or the life of a family member on the farm.

Students said the highlight of the day was a real-life demonstration on entrapment, but it was hard to tell with all the excitement, just which demonstration was their favorite.

"Some of the ones the kids like most are disability awareness, with Becky, who lost both of her legs in a farming accident when she was just a small girl," said Coordinator Deb Michael. "They like electrical safety because they show them getting zapped with electricity."

With a new demonstration on "Dig Safety," organizers hope that the kids will bring the message home to their parents who might be planning a dig.

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