Knox and Lincoln Counties 4H Leaders' Association, a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is currently preparing the 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibit for its third year at the Union Fair.

This exhibit is designed to teach the public, particularly small children, how the food they consume and the products they use on a daily basis are produced and marketed. The exhibit consists of four small barns representing areas of a working farm, including a chicken coop, cattle barn, fiber barn, and blueberry display. Additionally there is a farmers market and a farm store. In each barn, children perform a mock farm chore and collect a related product, such as a bag of fiber or a toy box of blueberries, which they can “sell” at the farmers market. After selling their “product” at the market, children can use their “farmer dollars” at the farm store to purchase a small item to keep.

In order to make the exhibit a success, many volunteers are needed. This is where your interest in volunteering or agriculture could help. By volunteering at the exhibit you are given the unique opportunity to learn more about local agriculture and to teach children about the importance of farming. Volunteers lead children through the exhibit and teach them a little about farm life at each stop  simple facts will be provided for volunteers to share with fair-goers).

4-H Farm-to-Fair requires a minimum of seven volunteers per shift, plus one or two “relief” volunteers to allow for breaks. 4-H Farm-to-Fair will operate each day of the Union Fair, Aug. 16-23, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To sign-up or to find out more about the event, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Community Education Assistant, at 832-0343 or

Donations of funds, or sponsorships are appreciated to help maintain and expand the educational displays. All donations are tax-deductible, and sponsors and donors will be recognized in press releases and advertisement for the event.