Agricultural Education Day

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Celebrating the working steer: it’s team work

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Schedule | Student Essay | Integrate the Fair in your Classroom | Bibliography

Schedule: (all groups must enter by Gate 4/vendor gate for free check-in from 8-10AM); 1 chaperone for 2-5 kids; home schools must  bring at least 2 kids for chaperone to get in free. Chaperones are age-dependent, pre-schoolers may need 2 for 5-6 kids, teenagers need maybe 1 for 6-8. an average per public elementary schools is 1 chaperone for 4 or 5 students (k-5). Pre-registration is essential with ages of students to make sure the chaperone ratio works.

9:00am – 11:00amAntique Hill – Civil War Re-enactors, cannon, tents & musket firing. Living History Exhibits: blacksmith shop,  printing press, old country store, hand hewn shingle making, pump log borer (antique water pipes), cider making (free samples), hand-hewn logsInside Log Cabin Museum: candle dipping, hearth cooking, spinning, rug-making, quilting.Christmas trees & wreath making –
10:30amMemorial Arena – pony pulling
9:00am & 11:00amJudging Arena: Single Ox Show
followed by Open Dairy Calves & Yearlings, all breeds
10:00am & 12:00pmEntertainment Tent – Ed Larkin Contra Dancers – demonstration of dance steps and prompting. Regular performance at 2 pm (located on Antique Hill)
11:00amHorse Show Ring: fitting & showing
10:00am10:30amPoultry Barn-Open Poultry Show; Trotting history at race horse barns
10:30am to 12:00pmEntertainment Tent  -current acts posted on web & at the tent
9am – 1pmSwine Show Ring, 4-H breed presentations every half hour
10:30am – 1:30pmDodge-Gilman Building -Garden & Harvest
11:00am to 12:00amLunch Break. Booth Brothers Milk will be passed out for lunch at entrance to grandstand
11:00amWalk around acts
1:00pmHorse show: in-hand halter

See many exhibits of fancy work, food, canned goods, art and vegetables entered by children and school, as well as many adults.DODGE-GILMAN BUILDING:
See vegetables, fruits, largest pumpkin, Christmas trees, wreaths, flowers, and egg judging.VISIT THE SUGAR HOUSE:
Check out the maple syrup competition and displays.
 The north OVAL, visit Children’s Barnyard for younger children and new Sheep & Goat Barns.
Please make sure that the children wash their hands properly after handling any of the animals.THE ANIMAL BARNS:
Visit show-cows, horses, chicks, ducks, chickens, sheep, rabbits, pigs, goats and oxen.Please make sure that the children wash their hands properly after handling any of the animals.

Essay from a Sheep Show Exhibitor

Tunbridge Fair

Nadia at Fair 2014
Nadia at Fair 2014

Written by Nadia McCollister Age 10 Grade Five East Montpelier, Vermont October, 2014

In Tunbridge, Vermont, there is a big fair called Tunbridge Fair. It is held in the fall. I’ve taken my sheep there a lot. We bring the sheep on Wednesday and stay until Sunday. On Thursday I go to my school. Then I miss Dance to go check on the sheep. We give them food and water. After we work with our sheep for a long time, like three hours, my friends and I use our armbands to go on the rides.

Every year the sheep show is on Saturday evening. My friends and I show our sheep in a ring. I’m showing the judge how well I can handle and trim them. I like to show and then get a creamie and go on the rides.

This year when I went to the Sugarhouse to get my creamie, I met one of the maple guys. He was really interested in my ribbons and in learning about my sheep. The next day, he came to my sheep barn, and we talked about my sheep. I walked back to the Sugarhouse with him to get some maple cotton candy. There was a big line so he bought it for me. He went around and into the Sugarhouse and brought out a bag of fluffy white maple cotton candy for me.

On Sunday I walked around the whole Fair with my sheep. Luckily it wasn’t raining. The weather was warm and sunny, but not too hot. I went to History Hill. I met a lot of people and they were interested in my sheep. They asked questions like how old my sheep was (a yearling) and what’s its name. (I had Tap and Amber.)

Nadia showing off her sheep
Nadia showing off her sheep

I saw a friend from my Dance class. She thought it might have been different and cool to walk around the whole Fair with my two sheep. She was walking with her Mom and Dad and her little sister. I felt happy to see her and to have a fun time playing with my sheep at the Fair.

I took my black sheep, Licorice, to the 4-H Steer and Oxen Obstacle Course. The oxen were backing in between two poles on the ground. They were doing figure eights around two cones. They also did a trick that I think the kids, their handlers, had taught them. I saw some pick up their oxen’s feet and some make their oxen move using a crop which they had stored in the yoke. The handlers made the oxen move without touching them.

I took Licorice back into her stall. She stayed there until we took all the sheep home in our trailer. I’ll go back probably next year to walk my sheep all over the Fair again.

Nadia and her sheep live at East Montpelier Center Farm. She and her family produce pastured poultry and pork and grass-fed lamb and wool. They have shown for several years at Tunbridge Fair. Nadia’s family coordinates a 4-H club. They take part in statewide sheep 4-H activities.

Integrate Tunbridge fair into your classroom

Ideas and Web Links:

  • Pursue a Fair Quest. Download the PDF. (if you’ve done that one: for 2018, request by email)
  • Use a map of the fair to demonstrate coordinates and map reading skills.
  • Make advertising posters for the fair.
  • Email for old ribbons to use in artwork (while supplies last.) to pick up on Ag Ed day.
  • Have each student bring in a vegetable. Graph results. Compare the numbers on your graph.
  • Make a class book. Assign students to research the blacksmith, the schoolhouse, the post office, sawmill, transportation, fashion, cooking, candle making etc. while visiting Antique Hill.  Further research can be done at school.
  • Imagine yourself living and working in colonial times.  Write or draw  about what you would wear, and jobs you’d have to do.
  • Focus on the chicken and rabbit show: what breeds are on display. Find out about rare breeds of chickens.
  • Build a Ferris wheel that actually turns on a straw or a pencil., using light cardboard
  • Play “I’m Going to the Fair” by sitting in a circle with one child going first by saying “I’m going to the fair and I want to see a cow.” Second child says, “I’m going to the fair and I want to see a cow and a horse.” The third child says, “I’m going to the fair and I want to see a cow, a horse and a merry-go-round.” Continue around until every child has a turn. More complicated?:name breeds of livestock.
  • Make a fair ABC.
  • Write an essay or draw a picture about your favorite part of the fair.
  • Make a class mural on what you did at the fair.
  • Research the history of the fair. Focus on effects of weather since this is a event depending on good weather.
  • Create a study of Vermont farms and agriculture.
  • Study Vermont geography as it relates to farming.
  • Explore distance, rate, and time problems involving different vehicles to get to the fair (a tractor, a horse & buggy, a Model T, a helicopter, a pair of shoes with a person walking or running in them, a bicycle).
  • Practice interviewing skills (key people at the fair).
  • Study the different ways animals are shown in the rings, and some basic judging criteria.
  • Refer to the bibliography for a few books to read about the fair/farm theme.
  • Research, make, and eat a colonial meal.
  • Play colonial games (ex. jacks, ninepins, checkers, chess, tag, red rover, etc.)
  • Make quilt squares (paper or cloth) for a quilt.
  • Hold a spelling bee with fair theme; or create crossword puzzle.


Bibliography for younger grades

Azarian, Mary. Farmeris Alphabet.
Barreda, Louise. Echoes from the Past.
Cooley, Oscar. When Grandpa Was A Boy.
Gunby, Lise. Early Farm Life.
Hastings, Scott E. & Geraldine S. Ames. The Vermont Farm Year in 1890.
Sloane, Eric. American Barns and Covered Bridges.
Sloane, Eric. Diary of an Early American Boy,
Zeigler, Phillip C. Storehouses of Time: Historic Barns of the Northeast.
And Everyone Would Sashay: the Remembrances of the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers

Chall, Marsha Wilson. Sugarbush Spring.
Crook, Connie. Maple Moon.
Haas, Jessie. Sugaring.
Perrin, Noel. Amateur Sugar Maker.
Provenson, Alice. Year at Maple Hill Farm.
Lasky, Kathryn. Sugaring Time.
London, Jonathan. Sugaring Off Party.
Linton, Mary, Maple Syrup Book.
Metcalf, Rosamund. The Sugar Maple.
Dairy and Oxen
Aliki. Milk From Cow to Carton.
Cronin, Doreen. Click Clack Moo Cows That Type.
Dubanevich, Arlene, Calico Cows.
Gibbons, Gail. The Milk Makers.
Giblin, James Cross. Milk, The Fight for Purity.
Hall, Donald. Milkman is Boy.
Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man.
Krasilovsky, Phyllis. Cow Who Fell in the Canal.
Leaf, Munro, Story of Ferdinand.
Lindbergh, Reeve. There is a Cow in the Road.
Most, Bernard. Cow That Went Oink.
Older, Jules. Cow.
Paterson, Katherine. Smallest Cow in the World.
Rassmus, Jens. Farmer Enno and His Cow.
Rush, Ken. What about Emma?
Soutter Perrot, Andrienne. Cow.

Andreae, Giles, Cock-a-Doodle-Do
Bang, Molly. Goose.
Barton, Byron. Buzz Buzz Buzz.
Bassett, Jeni. Chick is Trick.
Brett, Jan, Hedgie’s Surprise.
Chicken and the Egg.
Conrad, Pam. Rooster is Gift.
Dunn, Judy. The Little Duck.
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia.
Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Zinnia and Dot.
Hazen, Barbara Shook. Turkey in the Straw.
Hutchins, Pat. Rosieis Walk.
Jensen, Patricia, Be Patient Little Chick.
Polacco, Patricia. Just Plain Fancy.
Potter, Beatrix, Jemima Puddleduck
Reiser, Lynn. Surprise Family.
Selsam, Elizabeth E. Egg to Chick.
Simont, Marc. Goose Who Almost Got Cooked.
Stevens, Janet. Cook-a-doodle-doo!
Stoeke, Janet. (any Minerva Louise books)
Sykes, Julie. Dorais Egg.
Tafuri, Nancy. Silly Little Goose!
Waddell, Martin. Farmer Duck.
Wormell, Mary. Hilda Henis Scary Night.
Zemach, Margot. Little Red Hen.

Alter, Judy. Meet Me at the Fair: Country, State, and Worldis Fairs and
Bial, Raymond. County Fair.
Calhoun, Mary, Blue Ribbon Henry
Cooper, Elisha. Country Fair.
Davidson, Michelle. Raggedy Ann at the Country Fair.
Easton, Patricia Harrison. A Week at the Fair: A Country Celebration..
Tudor, Tasha. Corgiville Fair.

Haas, Jessie. (any books about Beware)
Haas, Jessie. Hurry.
Haas, Jessie. Mowing.
Haas, Jessie. Uncle Daney’s Way.
Lange, Willem. John and Tom.
Petty, Kate. Horse Heroes.
Dunn, Judy. The Little Pig.
Ehrlich, Amy. Parents in the Pigpen, Pigs
in the Tub.
Gibbons, Gail. Pigs.
Lobel, Arnold. A Treeful of Pigs.
McPhail, David. Pigs Aplenty Pigs Galore
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Pig a Pancake.
Palatini, Margie. Piggie Pie.
Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die.
Peet, Bill. Chester the Worldly Pig.
White, E.B., Charlotte’s Web.
Wood, Don. Piggies.

Cole, Joanna. Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive.
Hogan, Paula. Honeybee.
Johnson, Sylvia A. A Beekeeperis Year.
Lecht, Jane. Honeybees.
Micucci, Charles. The Life & Times of the Honeybee.
Gibbons, Gail, Honey Makers.
Polacco, Patricia. Bee Tree.

Vegetables and Fruits/Apples
Aliki. Corn is Maize.
Azarian, Mary. Gardener’s Alphabet.
Bunting, Eve. Sunflower House.
dePaola, Tomie, Popcorn Book.
Ehlert, Lois. Growing Vegetable Soup.
Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet.
Farmer, Nancy, Runnery Granary
Gage, Wilson. Squash Pie.
Hall, Zoe. Itis Pumpkin Time.
Harrison, David L. Wake Up Sun!
Hart, Avery, Kids Garden!
Houghton, Eric. Crooked Apple Tree.
Lerner, Harriet. Whatis So Terrible about Swallowing an Apple Seed.
Lovejoy, Sharon, Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots.
Letis Go to the Farm. (Video & book.)
Lindbergh, Reeve. Johnny Appleseed
Micucci, Charles. The Life & Times of the Apple.
Nightingale, Sandy. Cider Apples
Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.
Stewart, Dianne. Gift of the Sun.
Wallace, Nancy. Apples Apples Apples.
Watson, Clyde. Applebet an ABC.
Watson, Clyde. Tom Fox and the Apple Pie.
Zagwyn, Deborah. Apple Batter.

Crafts and Cooking
Blood, Charles. Goat in the Rug.
Wilkes, Angela, Children’s Step by Step Cookbook.

Farm Life/Barn/Animals
Clymer, Eleanor. Horatio Goes to the Country.
Cook, Brenda. All About Farm Animals.
de Paola, Tomie. Charlie Needs a Cloak.
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, Understood Betsy
Fleming, Denise. Barnyard Banter.
Galdone, Paul. Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee.
Galdone, Paul. The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Geisert, Bonnie & Arthur. Haystack.
Graff, Nancy Price. The Strength of the Hills, a Portrait of a Family Farm.
Hall, Donald. The Farm Summer.
Herriot, James. (any of his books)
Hunter, Anne. Possumis Harvest Moon.
Jaspersohn, William. A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian.
Jaspersohn, William. Two Brothers.
Johnston, Tony. Yonder.
Kalman, Bobbie. In the Barn.
Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. Farm of Her Own.
Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. As Long As There Are Mountains.
Lambert, Beth, Farm Wife’s Journal.
Lewin, Ted. Fair.
Lewis, Kim. Floss.
Lewis, Kim. Emma’s Lamb.
Lewis, Kim. Friends.
Lewis, Kim. Just Like Floss..
MacLachlan, Patricia. All the Places to Love.
McGuire, Leslie. This Farm is a Mess.
McPhail, David. Farm Boy’s Year.
Moller, Carol. The History of Tunbridge World’s Fair.
Miller, Peter, Vermont Farm Women
Euclid Farnham, History of the Tunbridge Fair
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Farm Animals.
Ray, Mary Lynn. Arva and Arvilla.
San Souci, Daniel. Country Road.
Sweet, Melissa. Fiddle-i-fee.
Tafuri, Nancy. Early Morning in the Barn.
Thomsen, Ruth. Understanding Farm Animals.
Watson, Clyde. Father Fox’s Feast of Songs.
Westcott, Nadine Bernard. Skip to My Lou.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. (any of her books)
Windsor, Merrill. Baby Farm Animals.
Yolen, Jane. Raising Yoder’s Barn.

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