WATERFORD — The Waterford World’s Fair opened Friday for three days of family fun, including agricultural and conservation exhibits, music and food.

With sun and low humidity, organizers say they are hopeful for a large turnout all weekend.

A crowd of people attended Friday’s agricultural and conservation events geared toward educating children. Local 4-H club members showed their young oxen in the grand stadium. People visited the always-popular Old MacDonald Barn, filled with piglets, goats, calves and other baby animals.

Wyatt Levesque, 5, of Paris, and his 7-year-old sister, Lyla, said they particularly enjoyed the calves.

Wyatt said he liked them, “cause they’re the biggest animal.”

A new addition this year was the Little Hands For Agriculture exhibit. Children become farm hands, learning how to do chores, collect products to sell at the market and “milk” a wooden cow. The farm provided tasks such as collecting eggs from a chicken coop and picking apples.

The fair is considered one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the state and has attracted thousands of people each year. It’s advertised as “a wonderful place to sample the simple, traditional essence of agricultural Maine.”

Fair-goers will be able to talk to experts on a wide range of topics, including draft horses, oxen, bees, blacksmithing, fibers and how to make butter.

The exhibition hall displays fruits, vegetables, knitting and crocheting, quilts, home-baked goods, woodworking and items from those under age 15.

There will be steer and ox pulls, draft-horse pulls, log hauling and other contests throughout the weekend. Live music and food will also be available through Sunday.

The fairgrounds are located at 36 (Irving) Green Road, across from Melby’s Market and Eatery in North Waterford.

Admission is $5. Children 5 years and younger can attend free.

More information on the fair and its events is available online at http://www.waterfordworldsfair.org/.

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