The New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo is bringing a little bit of country to the city this weekend.
Now in its 31st year, the expo will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8.
“[The Expo is] to showcase and celebrate the agriculture and forestry industries in the state of New Hampshire,” said Tori Berube, manager of the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo.
The expo will include over 100 exhibitors, 20 free educational workshops, presentations, demonstrations, animals and locally grown food. There will also be a silent auction that will take place on both days with items from NH Made and from some of the exhibitors.
Granite State Dairy Promotion, Frost Farm Service, Mack’s Apples, New England Farmer’s Union and the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association are some of the exhibitors this year, among many more.
“New for 2014, there will be a Kidzone area to help educate and excite children about agriculture and forestry,” Berube said.
Kidzone will include fun photo opportunities and face-painting, along with kid-friendly demonstrations. There will also be a classic 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee NAA tractor for families to take pictures with.
At some of Friday’s workshops, people can learn about topics like barn preservation, what’s going on with winter farmers markets, what the three most common timber harvesting systems are, women in agriculture and black bears. among others.
Saturday workshops include topics like crops, beef, milk sanitation, plants and seeds, maple syruping and how to use beeswax.
“There is something for everyone,” Berube said. “In addition to Kidzone, we encourage families with kids to participate in our Bingo-style game called FARMO, where kids will learn fun and interesting facts from our exhibitors.”
It’s one of the state’s largest winter fairs, Berube said, and she hopes to see a crowd that will be able to learn a lot about the state we live in.
“It’s a great opportunity to see how important agriculture and forestry are to the state as not only economic drivers, but as recreational and lifestyle choices,” Berube said. “Also, it’s very interesting to see the synergy between exhibitors and the wealth of information they bring.”
If you bring two non-perishable food items to donate to the New Hampshire Food Bank, the admission fee will be cheaper.
The presenting sponsors for the expo are the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
As seen in the February 6, 2014 issue of the Hippo.