A shindig worthy of note will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, in
Springfield when an agriculture organization teams up to help raise funds for a
new children’s exhibit.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association will join the
Illinois Wine Growers and a host of other sponsors for the fourth annual “Pork
Meets Cork” event in downtown Springfield. Proceeds from this popular event will
benefit the “farm to market” exhibit, which will be part of the new Kidzeum of
Health and Science.
The event will include pork donated and prepared onsite by
IPPA. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
To round out the dining experiences, visitors will receive
tasting tickets to sample wines from five Illinois wineries. Wines also can be
purchased throughout the event.
The Cooper Meza Band will kick off the evening with music
beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Stone & Biscuit, who will
perform country and classic rock until 10 p.m.
“Pork Meets Cork” will be held on Adams Street between
Fourth and Fifth streets.
Construction of the children’s museum, located in the 400
block of E. Adams St., is anticipated to begin in February and open in the
spring of 2015.
The 15,000-square-foot structure will feature three exhibit
themes — healthy body, healthy community, and healthy earth and environment —
with many interactive displays.
Agriculture-related exhibits in the area of healthy earth
and environment include intermodal transportation system, GPS planting
agri-challenge, TPS harvester racetrack, soybean soil test kiosk,
bio-engineering insecticide exhibit, bio-seed water engagement, plant cycle
simulator, crop yield catcher and what’s made of corn.
Parts of the healthy community exhibit focusing on
agriculture include farm field and corn maze, food production and farmers
market, and corn and grain silo system and milking stand.
Agriculture continues to take giant steps in educating the
public of what truly happens on our farms, and this will provide an opportunity
to bring that message to our future leaders. So pop a cork and have some pork
for a good cause.