By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Dayton fourth-grader wins trip for his class

Isaac Garcia, a student in Cori Chambers’ class, won his grade-level division of the “What We’re Made Of” essay contest. Students throughout Oregon and southwest Washington could enter.

Isaac was asked to write about an Oregon agricultural product. He picked cranberries.

“In Oregon, in the fall, they harvest a lot of cranberries. It takes about 4 1/2 hours to harvest an acre. They swish them around in water, then they can fit about 7,000 pounds of cranberries in one trailer,” Isaac said, quoting his essay from memory.

Isaac said he likes cranberries. His mom serves cranberry juice a lot, he added. He’s never had cranberry sauce, though.

As first-place winner, he’s looking forward to taking his whole class to a special kids’ day at Ag Fest on Thursday, April 25, on the state fairgrounds in Salem. The Dayton fourth-graders and other students will get to meet animals, ride mini tractors, dig for potatoes and participate in other farming activities.

“I think we’ll see a bunch of animals,” he said. “I live by a farm, so I think I’ll recognize them really easily.”

Oregon Ag Fest also will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is free.







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