The National Agricultural Center

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame located in Bonner Springs, Kansas, will host their annual Barnyard Babies Family Festival this month. Attendees will be able to view animals that live on farms or are owned by 4-H students including sheep.

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame located in Bonner Springs, Kansas, will host their annual Barnyard Babies Family Festival this month. Attendees will be able to view animals that live on farms or are owned by 4-H students including sheep.

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame located in Bonner Springs, Kansas, will host their annual Barnyard Babies Family Festival this month. Judy Shelton, office manager, said the event will showcase livestock animals from farms and those owned by 4-H students. Attendees will be able to view farm animals such as alpacas, mini-horses, baby chicks and baby goats. “There are farmers that have brought their animals to this event each spring for years,” Shelton said. “The festival is especially beneficial to 4-H Clubs. The event had over 5,000 people last year.” She said the Great American Kite organization will offer a giant kite show during the festival. A hayride will take attendees to the kite field. “We will have tractors that kids can climb on and we will have a big cattle truck that they can walk inside of and view,” Shelton said. “The festival will have computer farming games as well.” In addition, there are train rides and pony rides available for the youth.

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame located in Bonner Springs, Kansas, will host their annual Barnyard Babies Family Festival this month.

Judy Shelton, office manager, said the event will showcase livestock animals from farms and those owned by 4-H students. Attendees will be able to view farm animals such as alpacas, mini-horses, baby chicks and baby goats.

“There are farmers that have brought their animals to this event each spring for years,” Shelton said. “The festival is especially beneficial to 4-H Clubs. The event had over 5,000 people last year.”

She said the Great American Kite organization will offer a giant kite show during the festival. A hayride will take attendees to the kite field.

“We will have tractors that kids can climb on and we will have a big cattle truck that they can walk inside of and view,” Shelton said. “The festival will have computer farming games as well.”

In addition, there are train rides and pony rides available for the youth.

The Barnyard Babies Family Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. There is an admission fee of $5 for an adult, children 3 years old to 12 years old are $2 and those two and under are free. There are no additional fees to participate in activities once inside.

Shelton said the purpose of the center is to showcase the historical and present value of agriculture and to honor leadership in agribusiness and academia.

Agribusiness leaders of the 1950s in Kansas City and throughout the country envisioned the creation of the nation’s premier center for agriculture.

The center became a reality when it was issued a federal charter by an act of Congress and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 31, 1960. This rare federal charter charged the center to serve as the national museum of agriculture and a memorial to farmers.

While the museum was created by federal action, it receives no funds from the state or federal government. The center is entirely funded by private donations and revenue generated by events and facility rentals.

The Smith Event Barn, the 750-seat pavilion and the 200-seat amphitheater can be rented for wedding or corporate events.

The outdoor museum includes a one-room schoolhouse, a farmhouse and a blacksmith shop. The museum is closed during the winter and will open for the spring on April 24. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The entry fee is donation based.

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame is located at 630 N. 126th Street in Bonner Springs, Kansas. They can be contacted by phone at 913-721-1075 or found online at www.aghalloffame.com.

Margaret Slayton can be reached at

news@greenacressells.com.