More than 200 dealers were on hand giving farmers a chance to talk to experts about equipment, livestock, seeds, feeds, maple syrup or any other agricultural product. Lots to see, lots to do, lots of organizations to visit, lots of people to meet and great food to taste. A Disneyland for farmers.
Too many tractors to count, but I will present the most popular here.
This Monster blue tractor had crowds around it all the time. Huge.
Of course you gotta try it out.....
and make sure the wife also likes it.......
Bobcat has a nice looking tractor that the Forestry folks like.
This sounds like me with coffee...
Green is the color of Vermont.
John Deere was born here and was a blacksmith here. We are a loyal bunch.
And with the amount of snow we have had dumped on us lately, this particular green model was very very popular. I would like to have two.
For the younger Vermonter, these models are available:
Every color, shape and size tractor were available at this incredible Farm Show.
These red tractors started much whispering amongst the crowds....
What I heard was:
Friends don't let friends drive "red."
For those who can't buy NEW, there were many lists of used equipment at all the dealers booths. I saw 2 tractors that would be perfect at the farm, but still unaffordable. *sigh*
The exhibits were all "Made in Vermont" from Vermont products, by Vermont farmers.
The Maple Syrup competition was full and long.
Judging took an entire day!
The soil in Vermont is fertile, rich and healthy. That kind of soil makes healthy food. Healthy food makes healthy people.
This is a turban squash. I saw it and had to buy some seeds. These colorful squash are healthy, easy to grow, low calories and the cows will love them.
Vermont hens were busy trying to become a finalist in the egg contest.
One of the lucky pumpkins that did not end up floating down the river during the intense flooding that took 500,000 field pumpkins from many fields and farms and headed them south down the Connecticut River, in October.
The big interest, all 3 days, was the Hay. All the dairy and livestock farmers rely on hay to make their products (milk and meat). Many farmers entered samples of their hay into the hay competition.
Going into the "Hay Room" and smelling the sweet smells of last summers grass was just an incredible experience, especially with 20 inches of snow coming down this week.
Seeing the blue ribbons lined up on the winners of the different hay catagories was really exciting. There were many proud farmers showing all their friends and family their hay...and blue ribbons.
This sample had been my pick for a Blue Ribbon, and I was right!!
Books, videos and magazine subscriptions were available for every kind of agricultural practice. I renewed a few of mine.
Our state cattle associations were front and center.
Don't tell my mother.... I purchased a $2.00 raffle ticket for this Ayrshire calf.
I am anxiously waiting for my phone to ring...
Legendary shepherd, Chris Hall, giving away Grassfed Farmers Association directories
Farmers have a high incidence of skin cancers because of the amount of time they spend out in the sun, day in and day out. The free screening was a big help. I got a full screening last year and the nurse found a "suspect" area on my skin. I got it checked out and am alive today..and still farming.
Every where I looked, I saw Vermont made products.
Grain made from Vermont grown grains
Sunflower oil, sunflower livestock feed and bio fuel made from sunflowers grown right up the street from me!!
Wonderful Emu products
Honey from very happy Vermont bees
Lots of Vermont Agriculture students came every day.
They are the future of agriculture
Forestry students looking at cattle chutes
Start'n them young....
and the schools they can go to for agriculture
There were some cute faces in the crowd....
And lots and lots of FREE milk. The chocolate was verrry popular...
The Tunbridge Worlds Fair had an excellant exhibit. If you want to see fiddles, snowshoes, candles and other real Vermont products hand made, go to the Fair.
There is an amazing 17th and 18th century museum on the fairgrounds that took me 5 hours to go through.
I found a nice tractor that I would love to see parked at the farm.
Unfortunately, someone had taken the keys out of it.....