Just a great little country fair that’s big on friendliness! We’ve been in love with Ossipee Fair since the first time we visited. It’s always the first fair in the area, beginning in early July, and it’s become a yearly event to take our District display, along with any updates at the Tenmile River Demonstration Forest. This year the fair will be held from July 12th through the 15th. In addition to the District, TRDF and Invasive Forest Pest display, this year I’ll be bringing the new Envirothon fundraising info and doing a 50/50 to support our Maine teams.
The Invasive Forest Pest outreach done by the district to support the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has now become of vital importance in this area as they are now within 10 to 15 miles of the Emerald Ash Borer outbreak in New Hampshire. We are hopeful of doing an EAB survey of this area in the very near future.
Please visit us at the fair and feel free to bring us photos of any suspicious invasive forest pest activity you may have seen. To learn more of what you should be on the look-out for, check out our Forestry page.
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Agriculture & Conservation Family Day
at Waterford Fair
Friday, July 20th, 2018
As a joint venture of Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Waterford Fair, Agriculture & Conservation Family Day is always held on the first day of Waterford Fair and admission is free to attendees from 9:30 am until Noon. A couple of years ago we changed this from a children’s event to a family event and what a difference it’s made! In addition to visiting with the animals and playing some games, the “Little Hands for Agriculture” and “Little Hands for Forestry” are wildly popular and almost as much fun to watch as to participate. The younger children learn the process of “farm to market” at both areas and get to purchase a treat with their hard-earned “money” at the end of this unique learning experience. But at “Little Hands for Forestry” it’s all about the chainsaw and the John Deere pedal tractor!
This past year we added a new area for all ages – Miss Marilyn Jones and Lorraine Hill told stories about the “good old days”. While holding court at the “Little Hands” building, formerly the outhouse for the nearby church and still maintaining it’s comfortable 3-hole seat, they told tales about growing up in rural areas and farms. This year Lorraine will be making Maybaskets and telling stories about how much fun we used to have hanging Maybaskets on all our friends, Miss Marilyn will tell some of her marvelous stories about growing up in the Keewaydin Lake area, and maybe we can convince some other old-timers to join in and tell about their childhood on farms and in rural areas. If you know someone you think might be interested, please let us know by calling Jeannie at 744-3119.
There are some big changes! The children’s events have been moved to the playground area to create a child-friendly atmosphere for all. Additions for the “Older Hands for Agriculture & Conservation History” program are in the works and the district will be working on a static display which could stay at the fairgrounds for the length of the fair. Many of the stations will be going from a “learning“ station to a demonstration or interactive format. There are new games ~ Jar Rubber Ring Toss & Yardzee ~ for children and adults.
Come to the fair!
Agriculture & Conservation Day at Oxford Fair
Each year, on the first day of Oxford Fair, Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District and Oxford County Fair present Agriculture & Conservation Day. This is an amazing event with over 1000 students, teachers and support personnel attending! Children from pre-school to 6th grade are invited to attend free of charge and are supplied with age appropriate support materials to help make this a memorable event. Each year we provide support in a specific area of education and the topic for 2018 will be Habitats.
Other spots for the children to visit include educational games: Agriculture & Conservation 20 Questions, Bear Facts, Nature Bingo and Butterfly Memory Game; The World Around Us: Fire Department, Police Department and First Aid, and lots of livestock and demonstrations. All together, over 50 sites for the children to visit! In addition, all of the children who are registered with us (and we request that they do register ahead of time) receive a “goody bag” with lots of great stuff donated by local businesses and organizations.
This year Agriculture & Conservation Day at Oxford Fair will be September 12th. See you there!
Envirothon is a state and nationwide natural resource problem-solving competition for grades 9-12. Students compete outdoors in five natural resource areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current national environmental issue. The teams are led by volunteer advisors who help students prepare for the tests. Winning teams from all over the state will meet to compete at the state level.
For information on Maine Envirothon click here: Maine Envirothon Brochure
The 2018 Southwest Regional Envirothon was held on Thursday, May 3rd at Kineowatha Park in Wilton. The 3 teams from Spruce Mountain High School swept the event, 4th place went to Dirigo and right behind them was the 4-H team from Oxford County.
The 2018 Maine State Envirothon finals was held on Friday, May 25th at the LEA Maine Lakes Center in Bridgton. Once again, Spruce Mountain took top honors and this summer they will be heading to nationals in Pocatello, Idaho. Congratulations to the Spruce Mountain team and their advisor, Rob Taylor!
Preparing for the Envirothon? Below are some key informational resources that will help students prepare for the Envirothon:
The slide show presented at Unity College:EnvirothonAquaticsSlidePresentation
Envirothon Aquatics Curriculum Guidance – This document has clickable links to access further resource information, including many of those listed below.