Features and Demos
Great American Duck Races
Along with the traditional Robinson Racing Pigs, we also have the Great American Duck Races on Grange Road. As part of an educational program prepared by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. sixteen participants are chosen at each race to release a mallard duck into a prepared water course. There are five races at each show, and the winners are awarded a prize. There is expanded seating this year at both the racing pigs and racing ducks races.
Located in the rear section of the Show Tent in our centrally located Picnic Area, the Kiddie Korral is a great shady spot to let the kids take a break from the exciting activities of the fair. Sliding on the slide, digging in the sand, or coloring with some crayons are all free activities offered in this relaxing play space. Please remember that children cannot be left unattended.
New Meadows Village
Association of Revolutionary Turners
The Association of Revolutionary Turners (A.R.T.) is a woodturning club featuring volunteers who demonstrate techniques for creating bowls and turning spindles from raw wood. Stop by for a fresh shaving to take home! Learn more about this group at www.revolunaryturners.com.
Maple Sugar House
Stop by for a free taste of maple syrup and learn how maple syrup is made. Tasty New England maple products are available for sale here. Learn more about this exhibit on our Facebook Page.
At the Cider Mill you can watch them make cider using an antique cider press. And if you look inside the building, you can watch the cider donuts as they travel along the conveyor belt. The cider and donuts are both available for purchase.
Furniture Institute of New England
Here you can observe the classic techniques of woodworking done with quality workmanship, using hand tools. Kids, young and old, are invited to run the plane down a board and receive the curl of wood that is produced. Stop by and see the many projects in the making. This booth is hosted by the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, a school which offers the opportunity to learn a strong foundation in fundamental woodworking skills and practices. Director and Master Craftsman, Philip Lowe, is dedicated to "training tomorrow's craftsperson." Learn more at www.furnituremakingclasses.com.
Recreating the setting of the early 1800's, New Meadows Village has a working blacksmith shop where there are blacksmiths forging metal into everyday objects. This is a craft which has been practiced for nearly four thousand years and has changed the course of human history. Prospect Hill Forge of Waltham hosts the shop and offers a chance for you to observe this traditional craft and perhaps take a sample that they create just for you. Learn more about blacksmithing at www.prospecthillforge.com.
Good Food Farm
This is an interactive display where children are encouraged to learn where their food comes from. Gather eggs or dig for potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, and turnips. Count the apples from the tree. This mini farm is suitable for supervised children from 2 to 8 years old. Learn more at www.foodpantry.org/01_About_Us/good_food_farm.html.