Old-Fashioned Fair and
Farmers' and Crafters' Market 2006 NOFA Conference
August 12, 2006
One of the highlights of the NOFA Summer Conference is the "Old-Fashioned Fair and Farmers' and Crafters' Market", held this year on Saturday, August 12, from 3-6 PM. This year's event included a parade, contests and games, live music, a Cow Plop Contest, and much more. Additional vendors set up for the Fair, selling farm products and crafts. Randall heifers "Doris" and "Mandy" took part in the festivities, first by being a part of the parade, and later by providing the main ingredient for the Cow Plop Contest.
The parade kicked off the Fair, and was headed up by "Jack" and "Joe", an ox team from Red Gate Farmin Buckland, Massachusetts. Doris and Mandy were next in line, led by Conference volunteers, and they remained calm and collected despite being followed, (and sometimes surrounded by), a crowd of enthusiastic young children. After leaving the parade, Doris and Mandy were led to the site of the Cow Plop Contest, a grid laid out on a section of campus lawn. The "girls" were left to graze the grass, while their first "deposit" was anxiously awaited. Tickets had previously been sold to Conference goers who picked a square in the grid with the hope that the "deposit" would land there. The winner would receive half of the contest's proceeds, shared with the Conference. Doris took the task seriously, and delivered a winner.
A popular attraction was the Dale Perkins Horse Show. Dale's "day job" is as the Farm Steward at Heifer Project International'sOverlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Dale and his large "Horse Crew" have performed at the Summer Conference for several years.
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Vendors selling their products
at the "Farmers' Market"
"Mandy" rests after her appearance in the parade and Cow Flop Contest