WATERFORD — Friday, July 14 is Agriculture & Conservation Family Day at Waterford Fair. From 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors to the fairgrounds will be treated to an array of exhibits that are fun and educational for the whole family.

Children 10 and under can visit the “Little Hands for Forestry” area where they can learn how to plant a tree, care for the tree as it grows, “harvest” the tree, load it into the peddle 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 items made from trees.

Other areas of the special forestry exhibit include making balsam sachets, playing a memory game, learning who and what live in trees and what tree “cookies” can tell about a tree. Oxford County District Forester Merle Ring will help children, parents and grandparents learn how to identify trees.

New this year will be a spot where families can listen to older folks tell stories about growing up on farms and working in the woods.

Many other exhibits will be available for the whole family. 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, Old McDonald’s Farm, Responsible Pet Care and Norway/Paris Fish & Game. At the “Little Hands for Agriculture” exhibit, children 10 and under will learn all about growing and marketing.


There will be a Corntoss game, bubble-making, hula hoops and marbles.

Agriculture & Conservation Family Day is open to all free. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food and ice cream prepared by members of the fair.

The event is sponsored by Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with Waterford Fair.

FMI: 207-744-3119, oxfordcountyswcd@gmail.com.

Children learn about tree “cookies” with Soil Conservationist Alex at last year’s Waterford Fair Agriculture & Conservation Family Day. 

Children make big bubbles with during last year’s Waterford Fair Agriculture & Conservation Family Day. 

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