By Joel Penhorwood
My favorite FSR memory beings with the doldrums of school that start in September.
Pretty much one thing kept my attention — that special day when Dad would keep me home and instead of going to school, we would head to Farm Science Review.
We got up early (which never seemed to be a problem on this day in particular, though every other was a struggle) and headed to London. We made sure to leave enough time to stop at the same restaurant every year, the now-defunct Amish Kitchen, a Der Dutchman style restaurant where we would have the breakfast buffet. For some reason, it always tasted better than any other breakfast I had.
We sat in the same area by the same fireplace and had the same conversation — things we were looking forward to seeing during the day ahead.
I always preferred seeing all the exhibits and ending up lugging around about 50 pounds worth of freebies by the time the day was through. Dad liked to for us to venture out to the field demonstrations and to check out the Gwynne Conservation Area. Now that I’m older, those field demos and the Gwynne have grown on me. It’s nice to walk around there, even today, thinking of my time with Dad at the Review.
Dad has always spent quite a bit of time with my two older brothers and I. As the youngest though, it wasn’t always the easiest thing to find one-on-one time. Farm Science Review was that special day. It was just Dad and me doing something together.
He sat there with me in the Small Farms Center when I was hoping to learn more about raising chickens or trying to get a hobby farm intro. Encouragement wasn’t hard to find.
And every few years, Mom would tag along as well to make it an extra special day.
Then maybe, (most likely!), we would stop by Der Dutchman on the way home.
Thanks Dad for taking off that day of work every year and busting me out of school to spend quality time together. You’ll never know how much it meant to me.
Farm Science Review will always be riddled with fond memories for my family. What are yours? As Farm Science Review comes to a close for another year, we encourage you to share your favorite Farm Science Review memories on social media with #FSR18. Maybe you made a new favorite memory this year? Maybe it was your first year coming? Tell us! Do it by the end of the day on Friday and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a YETI cooler, valued at $200.