From instructor Kenneth Georgia:
At this year’s Natchez Trace Festival, the Attala County Future Farmers of America (FFA) launched its first-ever petting zoo. In an effort to educate youth and instill a love of animals, the petting zoo boasted chickens, ducks, rabbits, turtles, a dog, a goat, a dairy calf, a snake, and an alligator. Not only were children able to learn and ask questions, but they were encouraged to interact with each creature.
The annual FFA plant sale took place adjacent to the zoo. Flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants were available for those with green thumbs. Marigolds, zinnias, moss rose, cilantro, basil, oregano, lemon grass, dill, okra, squash, eggplant, cucumber, and tomato were also for sale. For those interested, plants can still be purchased at the Career Tech Center at a discounted price.
Attala FFA is very grateful to the tremendous community support that made the event possible. Ms. Jackie Henn-Kerr from the Natural Science Museum brought the alligator, snake, and turtles. She stayed the entire time to educate the public about reptiles. Dodd Dairy Farm donated the Jersey calf and the Mitchells from McCool donated the show goat. The materials to construct our fencing were provided by both Attala County Co-Op and Scarborough Building Supply. We also owe a special thanks to Vocational Director Mr. Holder, Alderman Henry Daniel, and the entire KAP staff for their assistance.