Working At Old MacDonald’s Farm


The Sioux Empire Fair is now open.

When you come to the fair you can count on food, rides, and, of course, livestock. 

There are multiple animal attractions at the Sioux Empire Fair, including Old MacDonald’s Farm Petting Zoo. 

“This is Maple,” Harrisburg FFA Prisident Allyson Beninga said. 

Allyson Beninga is the the president of the Harrisburg FFA.

She and several other volunteers, including students from local FFA chapters, are putting everything in place at Old MacDonald’s Farm. 

“I love livestock. I have cattle of my own. I love helping out. It’s just fun,” Beninga said. 

She does have a soft spot for goats, too. 

“I do like goats. I have shown goats before,” Beninga said. 

Todd Marks is leading the team.

He’s been in charge of Old MacDonald’s Farm for well over a decade. 

“I thought it would be a two to three year thing and now it’s been 14,” Old MacDonald’s Farm Manager Todd Marks said.

This year, there’s a new addition in one of the barns: a longhorn bull. 

“Little ornery, but he’ll get by,” Marks said.

No matter what kind of animals are a part of this farm for the next several days, the learning experience is still the same for the students. 

“Harrisburg doesn’t have a lot of farm kids anymore. The ones on the farm help a lot, but the town kids or the ones living in the city get to learn how to lead the animals, feed them, clean pens, good time there, and they also interact with the public,” Marks said. 

For Beninga, it’s a chance to educate the public on an industry she’s passionate about. 

“It’s a way to advocate agriculture and livestock,” Beninga said. 

Old MacDonald’s Farm opens Saturday.

Friday, which is opening day, is called sneak peek night.

You’ll only get to experience the outdoor food vendors, carnival rides, and Pipestone Discovery Barn. 

Saturday is when everything is open, starting at 10 a.m. 

The fair runs through next Saturday. 

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