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.|