Educational exhibits earn awards

12 years ago

By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — A new feature at the Northern Maine Fair this year was the Educational Exhibit Competition, with several participants earning awards for their efforts.
    “The Northern Maine Fair is committed to being a leader in raising awareness of the contributions that farmers make. We want everyone to be aware of the hard work and the rewards that go hand in hand with preserving a way of life that we as a society cannot afford to lose,” said NMF Board member and organizer Andrea Bard Smith.
Photo courtesy of Andrea Bard Smith
BS-NMF EduExhibit-clr-c2-shpt-34THIRD — Jim and Andrea Newman’s family, of Ludlow, placed third during the Northern Maine Fair’s educational exhibit competition. Pictured from left are: Jim, Emily, Andrea and Kate Newman, owners of Two Sisters’ Farm.

    Smith said one of the primary missions of any agricultural fair is to educate the general public as to the contributions of the family farm in today’s world.
    “To this end, the NMF instituted a series of premium payments that we hoped would encourage exhibitors to share the wealth of knowledge and experience that is part of your day-to-day life with the uninformed fair-going public,” said Smith.
    Taking top honors at this year’s event was the Mike Morneault family of Presque Isle, earning first place, which included a ribbon and $300.
    “We’re a self-sufficient farm. We raise goats, sheep, chicken, cows and horses,” said Eileen Morneault.
    Earning a ribbon and $200 for second place was David Howard, owner of Forticor Farms located in Hodgdon.
    Finishing in third, for a ribbon and $100, was Two Sisters’ Farm, owned by the Jim and Andrea Newman family of Ludlow.
    “Our daughters, Emilie and Kate, raise 4-H animals for the purpose of exhibiting. We raise purebred shetland sheep and also have four goats,” said their mother, Andrea Newman.
Photo courtesy of Andrea Bard Smith
BS-NMF EduExhibit-clr-c1-shpt-34RUNNER-UP — David Howard, of Forticor Farms in Hodgdon, took second place during the Northern Maine Fair’s educational exhibit competition.