Kid’s Day 2017
Tentative activities being planned:
Draft ponies – George Merrill and the Maine Draft Horse and Pony Association will have draft ponies on hand to show how their manes and tails are braided for exhibition and how they are harnessed.
Operation Game Thief – Maine Game Wardens will be on hand with their trailer to discuss the aspects of poaching wildlife in the State of Maine
Dottie Bell of Thunder Hill Farm, LLC – will have some yearling Highland calves on exhibit. They are known for their long hairy coats which enables them to withstand Maine winters.
Weather 101 - Adam Epstein of Channel 13 will talk about weather and how it affects agriculture.
Maine State Police Troopers and their K9 partners will put on two demonstrations: 10:30am to 11:30am and 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the gazebo park area. Troopers Eric Verhille and G.J. Neagle with their K9 partners Clint and Draco will explain the backgrounds of the dogs, the training of the officers and show the dogs’ abilities. Outside of these two hour demonstrations, the troopers will be on hand to answer questions.
‘Insects on the Farm’ - Insects are mostly helpful, sometimes harmful, and always fascinating! We’ll explore where insects live and why they are important to people, farms, food and the environment. Kathy Murray – Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
“Be a Beetle Buster; Learn about invasive tree-killing beetles – how to recognize them, the damage they do to trees, and how to report them”.. Karen Coluzzi – Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Draft horses - Teamster Pete Stratton will explain how they use the draft horses on the farm and in the woods. They will give demonstrations about harnessing a horse and twitching logs.
Beef - In a QUIET AREA, the Maine Beef Producers will be sorting feeder calves ranging in age from five months to a year. The animals will each be given a nasal vaccination, weighed and then moved into pen to stay for the evening. They will be provided with hay and water, and will be sold the following day at an auction.
Horses - The Harness Racing Folks of Windsor Fair will have a mare and her two week old foal on exhibition and explain the uses of the animals, how they are fed, exercised, harnessed and their work schedule. Confirmed
Oxen – Dan Jordan of Hiram will bring two oxen. Dan will explain the commands used to work the oxen and how he uses them on the farm.
Poultry – Scott DeMoranville will bring some of his chickens to show how they are held, exhibited and fed and explain their multiple uses to the industry.
The folks of the Windsor Fair Historical Society will be on hand to explain the uses of the buildings and give tours of the old school house and blacksmith shop. Confirmed.
What do animals eat? Donna Coffin of University of Maine Cooperative Extension will explain how livestock eat and discuss their favorite foods. Confirmed
Swine – Mike Hemond from Hemond Farms in Minot will have several pigs on hands to show how they use their snouts to root up the ground and eat bugs, etc. Discussions will occur on the care and many uses of pigs from providing the food we eat to being used as natural ground clearers.
Cheese – Cabot Cheese is providing 1400 packaged cheeses to be handed out by the Mobile Milking Parlor . Jami Badershall will handle the milking parlor, cheese and dairy princesses.
Tractors - Hammond Tractor will have machinery on site and will go over the basics of tractor safety.
Rabbits – Michaele Bailey will have rabbits available to show how they are held, fed and their fiber (hair) is used to make clothing. Confirmed.
Cows – Dr. Beth McEvoy, veterinarian, will have two Brown Swiss cattle on display with
skeleton painted on his coat. She will go over the various bones of the cow and what helps him to stand and move. Beth works with Dover-Foxcroft Veterinary Clinic.
Ambulance –Delta Ambulance will have a unit on site to allow youth to see the inside and learn what the paramedics do, all without the stress of an actual emergency. Confirmed
Dairy heifer – Lexie and Lizie Dumont of Albion will be fitting their dairy heifer. What is “fitting” ? Stop by and find out. .
Sheep – Donna Flint of Oak Ridge Farm in Sanford will have three Katahdin lambs (baby sheep) on display for questions and answers.
Smokey Bear - will be driven around the parking lot during lunch to meet with kids. His escort will be Kent Nelson. Confirmed.
Boer Goats – Boer goat moms will be on hand to show off their baby goats.
Nigerian goats and their babies – will be on display with Pat Polley of Eliza Rek Farm on hand to explain their uses, feed and methods of containment.
Bees – The Kennebec Beekeepers Association will have an observation hive for participants to view live honey bees in a safe manner. They will explain the life stages and different types of bees located within a hive, as well as their duties. Hive components, tools, and protective gear will be on display and discussed. Confirmed.
Belted Galloway – Andy LeMaistre of Mitchell Ledge Farm in Freeport will be on hand with his yearling beef calf heifer, who will be going to the fairs this summer to be shown. The Galloway cattle are often black and white and look like Oreo cookies.
4H Beef Cattle – Lauren Pride will be on hand to show off their 4H beef animals and explain how they take care of them and show them at the fairs. Confirmed.
Mobile Milking Parlor – will be open and on display. See how the milk is transferred from the cow to the bulk tank for cooling. Confirmed
SEA FARMING IN MAINE
Dr Anne Langston, Aquaculture Research Institute, University of Maine
Learn about farming-in-the-sea in Maine, the importance of farmed sea animals in our everyday lives, and about our fascinating marine life. The touch tank is teeming with live shellfish that are farmed in Maine including oysters, mussels, sea urchins and scallops, plus some of the predators that impact sea farms such as sea stars, crabs, and more.
Tennessee Walkers – Bob Morin of Oak Barrel Farm will bring his Tennessee Walking horse, Bud and give a brief description and explanation of the history of Tennessee Walkers. He will also speak about how they are used in many events including Hollywood.
Ready Freddy - Rachel Lindsey of Maine VOAD, Inc. would like you to join Ready Freddy to explore what goes into an emergency preparedness kit. Disasters can happen at any time. Some things we just can't prevent but we can prepare. Let's get ready like Ready Freddy.
Poultry Barn – the poultry barn will be open with volunteers on hand to help you learn the various breeds of chickens and other birds. Confirmed
Activities may be subject to change as we work with the presenters for the next year.