FARMINGTON — More than 1,000 students, teachers and chaperons from five counties participated in Agricultural Day at Farmington Fair on Monday.

Tom Piekart brought 22 eighth-grade students from Phillips Middle School to demonstrate how to make cider. They brought posters to share additional information about apple presses, cider and how it’s made.

Students shook cream to make butter, and learned how paper is made. A display tank showed what happens when impurities enter groundwater. 

Patty Cormier of the Maine Forest Service told students trees are important to air and water quality. She brought forest byproducts children used to create something new.

In the Agricultural Museum, a shingle mill, dowel mill and antique chain saws were on display in the newest building. Demonstrators showed the art of spinning wool into yarn and how to tat. Several antique motors were in operation.

Western Maine Blacksmith Association members showed how to use a forge to bend iron into desired shapes. A display table covered with useful items drew much attention.

Students could sample partially ripened cranberries and freshly made applesauce, and the tart flavors were too strong for some.

Children and their guides could also walk through the barns to observe horses, cows, sheep and the large poultry exhibit. The Exhibition Hall was open for students to view fruits, vegetables, processed items, photographs, artwork and crafts entered for judging.

In all, 78 volunteers shared their expertise at stations established by Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District, and many other volunteers also gave time to the 25th Agricultural Day.

FCSWCD Executive Director Rosetta Thompson said, “The goal of Ag Day is to expose students to the importance of agriculture in our lives and to give them a greater appreciation for our natural resources and how to care for them.”

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