Saturday, September 29, 2012

AG Day & Homemade Ice Cream

Auburn University's E.V. Smith Research Center (which is located right off the Tallassee exit) held their first AG Discovery Adventure today.  Michael, Jack, Daniel and I met up with Kami, Joey and Virginia Kate and had a great time.  (Georgia Anne was having her own fun at Aunt Tori's house.)  We didn't get there until around 11:00 and it closed at 1:00, so we did miss a few activities, but still had a wonderful time.   

They had lots of pretty fall displays that were great for snapshots.
Jack, Virginia Kate and Daniel
They had tons of different tractors on display, which they had open for the kids to explore.
Daniel and Jack LOVED seeing the baby chicks hatch from their eggs. 
They had day old chicks for the kids to hold.  Jack got a little scared and dropped his right after Michael took this picture....luckily it was a soft landing for the poor chick!

Daniel just wanted to look, not hold.
Daniel was admiring Petunia, who later participated in a milking demonstration.
They had two male bulls that were only 7 days old.  They were so sweet and gentle and Jack really enjoyed petting them.
Jack and Daniel with the goats

Daniel, Jack and Michael on the tractor pulled trailer.

They demonstrated how to make fresh squeezed apple juice.  
Virginia Kate really enjoyed her cup of apple juice.
We all enjoyed a little ice cream...
...even Virginia Kate!


Later this afternoon, our sweet neighbor, Mr. Moon invited us over for homemade ice cream. We knew we were in for a treat getting homemade ice cream, but then we walked over we saw his "new" ice cream maker.
He got a 1913 "hit and miss" engine from a local farmer.  He built an ice cream machine which is powered by this engine.  If you could have heard it, you would understand why he called it a hit and miss engine.  It had a very distinct sound. 

Here's a picture of the label on the side.  It was manufactured by Root & Vandervoort Engineering Company for John Deere in 1913. 
Checking to see if it was ready...

Thank goodness it was!!

Jack was first in line to get his ice cream.  This is the only picture of the finished product...we all were too busy eating to take any more pictures.


1 comment:

Laura said...

This looks like so much fun! Zadie would especially love all the animals; I'll be on the look out for this next year.