An artistic harvest In a real way, our state (and our country) was built on the strength of its farms — but city kids might not always be aware of where their food comes from. As the Ohio State Fair approaches, the state’s Department of Agriculture presents the 2012 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expressions contest. The competition gives school children from kindergarten through grade 12 the opportunity to create their own unique work of art expressing the importance of agriculture to them and to the world. Entries can be in the form of video, photography, drawing or painting, and will be judged by an all-star panel made up of both civil servants and artistic professionals in all media. Kids should submit their work by Monday, July 9. Winners in each of four age divisions will be announced on July 20, and will each receive two tickets to the State Fair, including a special performance by country music up-and-comers The Band Perry. For full contest rules and entry forms, see www.ohioagriculture.gov/agiscool, or call 614-752-9817.