Co-op invites Members to Northampton Agriculture Fair October 6th
Now in its third year, the annual Northampton Agricultural County Fair continues to grow as a popular fall event on the Eastern Shore.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 behind the former Northampton Middle School in Machipongo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The County Fair continues the legacy of the Eastern Shore’s Agri-Fair, which annually celebrated the Eastern Shore’s agricultural industry in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.
“We wanted to establish an event highlighting something that Northampton County was known for,” said Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elizabeth Dodd Russell. “The answer was an easy one, agriculture and aquaculture. Our board president at the time, Josh Lattimore, remembered the old Ag Fair, held behind Broadwater Academy, it was very popular at the time. We just thought, how can we recreate this?”
The fair has been organized each year by Russell, Kyle Sturgis, who at its inception was President of the Farm Bureau Young Farmers for the Eastern Shore, and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Ursula Tankard Deitch.
Admission for the fair is free, but children can pay $10 and take part in a number of activities including horse and hay rides, pumpkin painting and face painting, among other activities.
The popular skillet throwing competition is planned again this year and the Cape Charles Lions Club is sponsoring a Roll-A-Keg contest. The tractor driving competition also makes its return. The Side Porch Pickers will be on hand entertaining the crowd with bluegrass music. This year’s fair is co-hosted by Ducks Unlimited, which is holding its Green Wing Event there.
“The first year we were expecting maybe 100 people and over 700 showed up,” Russell said. “We have had nothing but positive feedback because it is just an authentic family friendly event. The educational booths aren’t just for kids, everyone is learning from arts of farming that are new and old.”
A&N Electric Cooperative plans to expand its offerings at this year’s event, with several scheduled demonstrations planned throughout the day.
“Electric cooperatives were originally established in the 40’s to help bring electricity to farms and rural areas,” said Jay Diem, A&N Electric Cooperative Communication Specialist. “That historical connection makes the Agricultural County Fair a perfect event for A&N to showcase the hard work the cooperative does in the community.”
The cooperative will host scheduled climbing demonstrations and will conduct some equipment demonstrations throughout the day. Equipment will include the popular Marsh Master, a derrick digger truck and a service bucket truck. Climbing demonstrations will include a pole-top rescue and an equipment change out.
“This will be a great opportunity for folks to witness some of the climbing skills our crew members use to help maintain our distribution lines safely,” said Jackie Phillips, A&N Electric Cooperative Safety Director.
The cooperative will also have employees on hand to answer questions show off some of our climbing and safety gear and will have free giveaways.
In addition the fair will offer farming education for all ages and from all different organization. Local vendors will be selling their local goods.
The event is organized by the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Eastern Shore.
IF YOU GO
WHEN: Saturday, October 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: 7247 Young Street, Machipongo, Va.
COST: Admission is free. $10 for children’s activities