More than 200 children were among the nearly 500 people attending the annual MTSU Agritourism Winter Village in the Tennessee Livestock Center on Greenland Drive.
The youngsters enjoyed crafts, seeing animals — including cows, pigs and a pony — and learning where their food comes from. A visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus also provided a photo opportunity.
Winter Village, a project for the MTSU Agritourism Club, gives children an opportunity to learn about agriculture, make Christmas crafts and see live animals, all under one roof.
“We’re already looking forward to next year,” said Alanna Vaught, an MTSU School of Agriculture instructor and the event director. “Winter Village was very successful, considering it’s a very busy weekend for people.”
The total crowd of 488 people attending on Dec. 7 included 227 adults accompanying 203 children, plus 68 volunteers, Vaught said.
As part of the “admission,” the agritourism club collected donations for the MTSU Student Food Pantry, located in the MTSU One Stop in the Student Services and Admissions Center.
Vaught said next year’s Winter Village will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
For more information, call 615-898-2523 or visit www.mtsu.edu/agriculture.
The School of Agriculture is one of 11 departments and schools in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at MTSU.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)