CLINTON, Maine (WABI) For two days, the town if Clinton will be showing off the state’s agricultural landscape at Maine Farm Days.
“We have live equipment demos, working steer trials, there's a children's learning center that we've kind of pushed a lot through the years,” says Kimberly Wright, Secretary of Maine Farm Days.
Lots of families come out to Misty Meadows Farm for the two-day trade show. Organizers say they put a heavy emphasis on children’s activities.
“Agriculture rests heavily on the backs of our youth and if we don' have the support of those that are growing up, then it's going to be a dying industry. And it's important because it's how we're feeding out world.”
And with games, pony rides, and live animals available for petting, it’s hard not to learn a thing or two.
“The best way to teach kids is to have them learn something without even knowing it. So just getting them in that children's tent, doing some one-on-one stuff with those animals, being able to pull out that memory “‘oh, I went there and did a cake walk. I won a free cake and I learned something about cows.’”
But the show isn’t just for children. Vendors are available for anyone looking to upgrade their equipment.
“Whether you're buying a new tractor for your backyard or you're milking 300 cows and you need a new piece of machinery on the farm, there is something here for everyone.”
“At the end of the day, we need to remember farmers are the biggest cultivators of our land and we don't want our land to go to waste. We don't want to hug our environment, it's how we make our living. We don't want to hurt our animals, it's how we make our living.”