On Friday, June 24, 2005 Cynthia Creech, Dianne Lang, and 11 mo. old Randall heifer "Melissa" headed out from Connecticut to attend Vermont History Expo 2005, held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vermont, also home to the Tunbridge World's Fair. Cynthia (Registry President), Dianne (Registry Secretary), and Melissa (of Howland Homestead Farm), were invited by Marian White of the VT State Agricultural Secretary's Office to represent the breed and the Registry. The Expo, an annual event, ran Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26.
Despite oppressively hot weather, the Expo drew a large crowd on both days. There were many exhibits: military demonstrations and encampments from all eras; antiques of all descriptions from automobiles to bicycles; from milking equipment to commercial scales; an exhibit of heritage livestock; and much more. Local and state historical societies were also well represented. An impressive parade on both days was one of the weekend's high points. The location was classic Vermont, with the beautiful fairgrounds nestled in between picturesque mountains, and set right at the bank of the First Branch of the White River.
The Registry exhibit included a television slideshow, a makeshift photo display board, (The Registry's display board never made it into the truck!), and Melissa. Melissa made many new friends, and Cynthia and Dianne were kept busy with a steady stream of visitors, many of whom were already at least partly aware of the Randall breed. Three visitors said that they had known Everett Randall and the Randall farm in Sunderland. Also occupying the "Cattle Barn" were heritage breed goats, sheep, horses, cattle, oxen, pigs, and poultry. It was a good weekend for the Randall breed and the Registry.
Vermont History Expo Tunbridge Fairgrounds
June 25-26, 2005
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