Visit the Piglets on Parade Birthing Center at the IL State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, ILL – Illinois State Fair attendees will have the opportunity to visit the popular Piglets on Parade Birthing Center again this year. The center, which is sponsored by the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, allows fairgoers to see newborn piglets up close.
“The Piglets on Parade Birthing Center is my favorite part of the fair because I get to speak with consumers about modern pig farming,” says Eileen Urish, 2017 Illinois Pork Ambassador from Kilbourne, IL. “The biggest thing we strive for in the swine industry is safety and care for our animals and for those practices to be transparent to the public. This exhibit is a great opportunity for consumers to learn from real pig farmers!”
The exhibit features hands-on activities for children and families to learn about pig farming. Children will enjoy a free goodie bag filled with educational materials and paper pig ears as a memento of their visit. County pork ambassadors and other youth in the industry will join Urish in answering questions about pigs and pig farming.
Piglets on Parade is open from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 11-19, located near Gate 2 as part of the Farmer's Little Helpers exhibit. The birthing center is a small-scale version of a modern pig barn to give consumers a more realistic view.
"Our goal is to expose consumers to where their food comes from and the Birthing Center gives fairgoers of all ages and backgrounds that opportunity,” says Urish.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the state’s economy. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.