- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A bright, red barn and puffy, white clouds welcomes people into the Washington Pavilion’s newest exhibition, “Grow It!”

The addition to the Kirby Science Discovery Center was revealed June 25 and features 3,000 square feet of interactive agriculture experiences.

“The agriculture piece was very important for the South Dakota themed floor,” Darrin Smith, Washington Pavilion President and CEO said. “It’s this vision we had for what is South Dakota, where has South Dakota been and more importantly where is South Dakota going?”

Visitors of the third floor can expect experiences such as climbing into the cab of a tractor for a virtual ride, picking crops to examine at the Crop Lab or learning about how biofuel is used in the agriculture industry, the Argus Leader reported.

“All those little things are going to make this experience an interactive one and an immersive one,” Jason Folkerts, Washington Pavilion Director of Museums said. “It’s very important for us that when kids come in and play, it sparks their imagination and creativity, so they feel like they’re in that environment learning about South Dakota agriculture.”

The South Dakota-themed floor is sponsored by Avera and the exhibit area sponsor is South Dakota Corn. Businesses including Keloland Media Group, Pipestone, Poet, Raven Industries and SDSU sponsored individual exhibits.

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