In 2016, Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) held its fourth "Kids Day" for over 1600 school children in grades K-6. Students, chaperones and teachers participated in self-guided tours among multiple agricultural stations on the grounds. This annual event is held on Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, giving children the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of livestock and agricultural commodities, often with hands-on interaction. 27 buses brought children from 19 different central Maine schools.
Kids Day offered over twenty-five educational areas for teachers, students and parents to visit and connect with agriculture. Stations included draft horses, oxen, rabbits, beef and dairy cattle, Boer goats, pigs, Nigerian dwarf goats and alpaca, steers with anatomy illustrations, tractors, aquaculture demonstrations, and types of feed for livestock. The feeder calf processing area was also available for viewing. The Windsor Historical Society gave tours of the Old Schoolhouse and the Blacksmith Shop. There were guest appearances by Smokey the Bear and Oakie the Oakhurst acorn.
We are very excited about the 2017 Kids Day, which will feature a similar variety of opportunities.
TEACHERS: Please complete the registration form as soon as possible. Funding for transportation is limited, and buses will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis.
SPONSOR A BUS Program: Maine Ag in the Classroom provides substantial funding for the transportation to Kids Day. However, with attendance growing every year, more sponsors are needed. The cost per bus is approximately $300. NELE is a 501c3 organization, and your donation is tax deductible. You will be acknowledged on schedules, the NELE web site, signs throughout the event, and on the T-shirts that are worn by over 100 agricultural youth throughout the State of Maine. The Sponsor A Bus Form can be found here.