70th Watertown Winter Farm Show to feature Temple Grandin

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Circle Friday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. on your calendars. That’s when Dr. Temple Grandin will speak during the 70th Annual Watertown Winter Farm Show.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Her life, with all its challenges and successes, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes.

Her free presentation in Watertown will be held in the Codington County Extension Livestock Show Ring. The 70th Annual Watertown Winter Farm Show will run February 10-14. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock handling equipment designer, one of the very few in the world.

“We were looking for a big way to celebrate the Farm Show’s 70th year,” said Chamber Ag Committee Chairman Chuck Langner. “We believe this is pretty big.”

Gradin speaks on both autism and cattle handling and is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.

She has been featured on NPR, and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.” She has also been featured on the BBC special, “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” “The Today Show” and more.

In addition to more than 400 articles authored for scientific journals and periodicals, she is the author of several books, including “Thinking in Pictures,” “Livestock Handing and Transport,” and “Human Livestock Handling.”

Her appearance is made possible by the Watertown Area Chamber Ag Committee, in partnership with the Watertown Community Foundation.