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Carroll County hosts Farm Day & Agricultural Festival

August 05, 2010
OSSIPEE — The 2010 Carroll County Farm Day and Agricultural Festival offered something for everyone. The event was held on Sunday, Aug. 1 at the county complex off of Water Village Road in Ossipee. It was the first Farm Day Carroll County has held in about 25 years.

Wakefield parent Sue Westfall, said for her two boys, who are one and four years old, the best parts of the day were taking a horse drawn wagon ride and taking a spin in Sherman Farm's cow train, a tractor that pulls carts decorated to look like black and white bovine.

"The boys loved it," said Westfall adding that the event's setup was "kid friendly."

Brookfield resident Tom Lavender said he came to check out the vegetables offered at the 16-vendor farmer's market. Lavender added the New Hampshire Pork Producers Association's pulled pork sandwiches were "spectacular."

Amy Meier and her family also enjoyed the rides and shopping for fresh vegetables, fruits, and dairy products including goat's milk and cheese. However, Meier said the event should have had better advertising. Her family only heard of it through a flyer at Bly Farm in Wolfeboro.

Several of the vendors shared the same sentiment about a lack of advertising and described business as being slow.

But Vince Blandini, owner of Bly Farm, said things went well considering that this was the first time a Farm Day was held in a number of years.

Organizers described the turnout as steady throughout the day. They were pleased the weather was warm and sunny.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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