Bringing up Babyland: A look at Eastwood FFA display

Eastwood FFA members set up the pens and cages for Babyland before the start of the Wood County Fair.

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The Eastwood FFA exhibits its Babyland display at the Wood County Fair each year.

The Babyland display is a barn filled with different baby animals, and FFA members care for the animals throughout each day during the week of the fair. Jerry Swartz, the Eastwood FFA adviser, along with FFA members, manage the barn and ensures that everything runs smoothly. At Babyland, the animals are donated to the Eastwood FFA.

These animals are then put on display for the week of the fair. Some of the animals are display only, but most of the animals are available at the Babyland auction at the end of the week. The money raised from the auction supports the FFA chapter.

Before the fair started this year, FFA members decorated the Babyland Barn and got it ready for the animals. On July 26th, FFA members swept out the barn, set up pens, hung banners and touched up the landscaping around the barn. Wolf’s Blooms and Berries donated mulch and flowers for the landscaping around the Babyland display.

Many individuals and companies supported the Babyland display this year. Erin Moore, Bill Herrig and Evelyn Souvenier donated Nigerian Dwarf goats to the chapter. Cory Moore donated Blue Heeler puppies and Legacy Veterinary Solutions provided puppy well checks for these puppies. The Bankey family donated Border Collie puppies for the Babyland display and auction. The Luidhardt family, Eschedor family, and Miller Dairy donated kittens. Miller Dairy Farm also donated a heifer to be a display animal during the week of the fair. The FFA chapter purchased the chicks from Eagle Nest.

Poultry and the ducklings were Ridgway Hatchery. Luckey Farmers donated feed and bedding for the animals for the week.

The auction was held on Aug. 8. Eastwood FFA members helped with the auction, and Andy Lang volunteered as the auctioneer for the day.