The following is a republished press release from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and NOT written by The Ithaca Voice …  click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or email tips@ithacavoice.com.

Downtown Ithaca is thrilled to announce that for the first time ever Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Tompkins County’s AgStravaganza, a free family-friendly event that allows participants to experience the agricultural world, is coming to downtown Ithaca.

On Saturday, April 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., AgStravaganza will take over the Ithaca Commons, West State Street, and North and South Cayuga Street setting the stage for more than 20 local direct marketing farms, including Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), cheese, beer, flower, and meat operations.

Attendees with the have the amazing opportunity to interact with animals, learn gardening techniques, view farming equipment, play in a corn box, enjoy farm-themed games, review educational exhibits about animals and food, and much more!

“This is a unique opportunity for people to have some country fun in the middle of the city,” said CCE Agriculture Educator Debbie Teeter. “People will enjoy the opportunity to sample local foods and talk to farmers, as well as check out some big farm equipment and visit with 4-Hers and their livestock.”

The Tompkins County 4-H Club will be joined by members of the Dog Obedience Club throughout the event. Visitors can also learn about other 4-H clubs and how to join one, and how to become an independent member. Rounding out the farm critter contingent will be Laughing Goat Fiber Farm, with some new lambs.

Also, don’t miss your chance to enjoy Cornell Dairy ice cream and Polly-O String Cheese with the Tompkins County Dairy Princess and to spin the Wheel O’Dairy. Tastings from local farms including Kenton’s Cheese, Littletree Orchards, Shtayburne Farm Creamery, Engelbert Farms, Glenwood Farm, PoleStar Farm, and Sunset View Creamery will also be available.

And, if you are looking to start your own agricultural project, you can find a farmer or learn about some available land by talking with the Finger Lakes LandLink folks! LandLink members will on site throughout the event.

In addition, CCE-Tompkins and Tompkins County Recycling are teaming up to help you learn more about reducing your waste stream, with on-site collection containers to help us manage the containers left over from ice cream and the tasty delights you will find from downtown’s local-food-focused food vendor, OmNomNomlettes.

After visiting AgStravaganza, stop by State Theatre, 107 W. State Street, for a special showing of the movie classic Field of Dreams from 7 to 10 p.m.

Don’t forget, parking is free on the weekends in downtown. Parking will be available in the Green, Cayuga and Seneca street garages.

For more information about AgStravaganza, visit www.downtownithaca.com, or call CCE Agriculture Educator Debbie Teeter at (607) 272-2292 or email her at dlt22@cornell.edu. Additional information about the Field of Dreams movie showing can be found at www.stateofithaca.com.

Featured image from AgStravaganza Facebook event page

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.