North Platte’s downtown area came alive with children on sunny Saturday morning as they flocked to the first-ever Agriculture on the Bricks day.

The event featured engaging activities, both fun and educational.

The Kids Klub of North Platte Public Schools collaborated with the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to organize the day with games, educational activities, and refreshments.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Beyond School Bells sponsored the event. Kids Klub director Carrie Lienemann said the aim was to engage with families. Emily Krammerer of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation often collaborates with Kids Klub. When Lienemann and Krammerer had an end-of-year meeting, they decided to host a fun family event to educate children.

Lienemann said many events during the summer are geared for adults. They wanted to host a 100% kid-specific event. Krammerer said their purpose was to show kids where their food and clothing comes from.

Krammerer said 85 kids showed up in the first hour and by 1 p.m., the number neared 250. There were about 20 booths with many activities, including a petting zoo, dunk tank, temporary tattoo station, balloon creations, a clown doing magic tricks, and carnival-type games. The University of Nebraska extension demonstrated some basics of irrigation and groundwater in a pickup box of sand, water and piping.

Lienemann said they had some surprise visitors too. A softball team from Fort Collins, Colo. stopped at Double Dips for ice cream, stayed to participate, and got to dunk their coaches in the dunk tank. Lienemann said there were also some visitors from Kearney and Ogallala.

(Top photo by Marge Kouba)

The dunk tank. Photos by Kristi Smith

Lienemann expressed appreciation to the volunteers and thanked Cash Wa for donating food for the event. Both Lienemann and Krammerer said they hope this event can be held annually. 

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