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Several hundred elementary school kids from throughout the county get to go to the RHS FFA Farm on Friday, October 20th.

The Kinderpatch event, which has become a community tradition for more than 20 years, offers youngsters a chance to learn about plants, crops, the FFA and how to care for animals from 9 a.m. to noon at the Orcutt campus.

This year, students have added a tractor pull, rock climbing, a maze and scavenger hunt in addition to the usual games. Each visitor will receive a free plant, pumpkin and hopefully a school tree to plant on their campus.

Warrior senior Haylie Acosta knows it’s an agricultural celebration that shouldn’t be missed.

"Our annual Kinderpatch was very fun for me as a kindergartener participant, then a member of Righetti FFA, and now it is even more special because I get to host my little brother, it is almost full circle,’’ Acosta said. “I hope to continue to participate or support our program and this great event."

Agricultural Teacher Guillermo Guerra said the FFA students always try to make Kinderpatch “grow.”

“Our goal is to make it so fun that they will have a difficult time coming up with what their most enjoyable event was,’’ Guerra said. “This event is certainly a highlight for all that participate plus everyone that has a part in making this happen. We are very grateful to all our supporters.’’

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