Friday, July 15 is Agriculture and Conservation Family Day at Waterford Fair. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. visitors to the fairgrounds will be treated to an array of exhibits that are fun and educational for the whole family. New to the fair this year will be “Little Hands for Forestry” where children under the age of 8 can learn how to plant a tree, care for the tree as it grows, “harvest” the tree, load it into the pedal tractor and wagon, and take it to the paper mill where they can unload their lumber and receive play money which may be redeemed at the WoodShop Store for many different items made from trees. Other areas of the special Forestry exhibit will include making balsam sachets, playing a tree memory game, learning how paper is made, who and what live in trees, what tree “cookies” can tell us about a tree and Oxford County District Forester Merle Ring will help children – and parents and grandparents – learn something about how to identify trees.

Many other exhibits will be available for the whole family to enjoy. Norway Police Chief Rob Federico will be on hand to visit with attendees while the children explore a police cruiser and learn about his job. There will be a blacksmith, bees, oxen, Brendi’s Petting Barn, Responsible Pet Care, Norway/Paris Fish & Game and so much more! Don’t forget to stop by the “Little Hands for Agriculture” exhibit where children 10 and under will learn all about growing and marketing.

Sign up with Miss Marilyn to win prizes, check out our new Corntoss and Horseshoes games, try your hand at making really big bubbles or just come and visit with folks. Agriculture and Conservation Family Day is open to all free of charge. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the fair or buy some of the delicious food, and ice cream, prepared by members of the fair. This event is sponsored by Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with Waterford Fair. For more information call 743-5789, ext. 111 or e-mail

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