WINDSOR, Maine — The 12th Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) will take place May 19-21 in Windsor, Maine. A Maine AG in the Classroom transportation grant, funded by the colorful agricultural license plate, will allow 57 busloads of students from 29 schools to take part in Kid’s Day (Friday, May 19). Over 2,600 K-6 students will have their classroom at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Students will experience first-hand, forty-five agricultural presentations put on by farmers and industry volunteers.
The public is welcome to all events, admission is FREE. There will be youth events and educational seminars also occurring on Saturday and Sunday.
“NELE is a great opportunity for over 2,600 kids and the public to learn about Maine agriculture,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This and other Maine agricultural events this summer and fall highlight the connection between local farms, local products and consumers.”
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb highlighted the Expo’s educational component. “The NELE’s “Kid’s Day” will give hundreds of Central Maine elementary students nearly 50 educational “short courses” spaced over 50 acres of the Windsor Fairgrounds,” said Whitcomb. “From bunnies to Smokey Bear, this huge outdoor classroom will feature dozens of live animals and many other memorable educational experiences.”
This three-day livestock event will showcase beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry and many science-related activities.
Friday, May 19 – Kid’s Day (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Activities & Displays currently scheduled include:
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.
Weather 101 – Adam Epstein of Channel 13 will talk about weather and how it affects agriculture. He will have the weather truck on site and will a bring a camera crew.
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.
“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.
Oxen – Alice Heinrich of Albion will bring her two Hereford oxen. She will explain the commands used to work the oxen and how they are used 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.
What do animals eat? Donna Coffin of University of Maine Cooperative Extension will explain how livestock eat and discuss their favorite foods.
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 1000 packaged cheeses to be handed out by the Mobile Milking Parlor. The dairy princesses will explain the workings of the mobile milking parlor.
Tractors – Hammond Tractor will have large tractors on site for exhibition.
Rabbits – Western Maine Rabbit Breeders Association will have rabbits available to show how they are held, fed and their fiber (hair) is used to make clothing.
Cows – Dr. Beth McEvoy, veterinarian, will have two Brown Swiss cattle on display, one with a 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.
Dairy heifer – Lexie, Lizie and Drake 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 various breeds of sheep and/or 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.
Moose – the moose from Shawnee Peak will be on hand to join Smokey in the noon parade.
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.
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.
Mobile Milking Parlor – will be open and on display. See how the milk is transferred from the cow to the bulk tank for cooling.
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 – Central Maine Bird Fanciers will have their poultry barn open with volunteers on hand to help you learn the various breeds of chickens and other birds. Linda Blackman will do a short presentation on “Oddball Chickens” sometime during the day.
Sarah Littlefield from Wolfe’s Neck Farm will discuss how butter is made.
Trees – Mort Moesswilde and Kent Nelson, Foresters with the Dept of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry will have samples of trees and explain the uses of their wood. He will also show how to count rings to determine the age of a tree.
Maple Syrup – Lyle Merrifield will discuss how sap comes from the maple tree and is turned into maple syrup and maple candy.
Spinning wheel – Ann Wishart will show how wool from sheep is spun to eventually be turned into products folks can wear such as mittens, hats, sweaters. There will also be a demonstration on felting.
Pogo from Friend’s Folly Farm – Will bring an Angora doe and kid/s and do a re-creation of the book “The Goat in a Rug.” She will do a demonstration for the spinning, dyeing, and weaving of the rug.
Lyle Merrifield of Merrifield Farm in Cumberland – will explain how syrup is taken from maple trees, boiled down to make maple syrup and candy.
Mike MacDonald of RMT Farms in Litchfield – will have emus and alpacas on display. He will discuss caring for the animals.
Ricker Hill Orchards – Steve Maheu and crew will discuss apples and their various uses. They will also explain how cranberries are grown and their many uses.
Construction equipment – Travis Benner from McGee Construction will have large construction equipment on display and will explain its various uses.
Disease prevention – Justin Bergeron will discuss zoonotic diseases and will offer a hand washing challenge station with Glo-germ tools. Students will also be able to test their knowledge of zoonotic diseases and take home a prize for participating.
Manure – Diane Schivera of MOFGA will discuss its origins and use.
Wild Blueberries – Wild blueberry Specialist Dr. David Yarborough will talk about why wild blueberries just grow in Maine and Maritime Canada and why they are the best type of blueberry in the world!
More information can be obtained on the web at: http://www.
—Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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