Kids eat healthy while having fun at 2nd annual Harvest Festival

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BOX ELDER, S.D. (KEVN) - When people think of a classroom, they usually imagine a space full of desks and children, but on Saturday, Youth and Family Services took the classroom outdoors and in the garden.

We take you to the 2nd annual Harvest Festival.

The Harvest Festival was alive with leafy greens and laughter at the YFS Fullerton Farm in Box Elder.

More than 300 kids walked through the gates, tasting new fruits and learning how produce grows.

YFS Community Outreach Director Darcie Decker hopes the event helps children understand where their food comes from.

Darcie Decker says, "We have a goal. Our goal is that people enjoy themselves here at the Harvest Festival, taste new foods perhaps, learn about gardening, and be encouraged to eat healthy, maybe some physical activity. We have recycling. There's a lot of things we're wanting to do, but we're wanting them to have fun and look at wellness as a lifestyle for themselves."

Kids could explore many parts of this "outdoor classroom" from meeting chickens to helping compost.

They also had to sweat a little to make their own drinks.

Katrina Lim says, "Over here at the SDSU Extension Tent, kids can ride a bike like this, which powers a blender where they can make their own smoothies."

Ten-year-old Tre Gipson and his little brother Quade tasted fresh honey for the first time at the Harvest Festival.

Tre Gipson says, "I liked the scavenger hunt because you got to see cool things."

Laura Sanchez brought her little girl to the event and is glad to see the community come together.

Laura Sanchez says, "I think it's a lot of fun. I think it has cool stuff for kids, showing them healthy vegetables to eat, healthy fruits along with bees making honey. The face painting was fun as well."

The Fullerton Farm is not just run by adults.

The kids from YFS play a big role in maintaining the grounds.

Darcie Decker says, "During the summer, we have classes come out here and help on the garden from planting it, to caring for it, and then harvesting it."

Before they left, families were encouraged to take home some fresh produce.

Decker says without master gardeners and other volunteers, the Harvest Festival would not be possible.