On September 23, 2010, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will launch an online diary in conjunction with the State Fair of Virginia. The diarist, nine-year-old Caroline Lohr of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, will chronicle her day-by-day experiences on their family’s farm during the fair’s eleven day run.
Caroline is the daughter of VDACS Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr and participated in the State Fair’s educational program this year. “Each year we contribute to the educational packets for teachers who bring students in kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grades, middle school and high school to the fair,” said Elaine Lidholm, VDACS Director of Communications. “This year we happen to have a Commissioner whose children are in two of those target grades, kindergarten and 4th, so we asked his children to educate their peers about life on the farm. This year Caroline raised two lambs for the county fair as part of a 4-H project, and we used her experiences as the basis for a little book and corresponding math and language arts skills. Carson is five, so we did a picture book on him with accompanying activities appropriate to that age group. The books and the diary stand on their own, however, for parents and children who would like to learn more about farm life.”
Those materials are available on the VDACS website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/fair/index.shtml. Starting September 23 and continuing through October 3, Caroline’s diary entries will be available on the same site. She will talk about the family’s farm and her chores, her love of the various animals the Lohrs have and other aspects of her day-to-day life, including school, homework and life with a little brother.