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E komo mai to the 34th Annual Maui Upcountry Ag & 4-H Farm Fair! The fair will be held at Oskie Rice Arena and Field on Olinda Road in Makawao on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
There will be plenty of fun for the whole family, including delicious food, horseback rides, a petting zoo and a great line-up of entertainment. This year's event features the Cowboy Church, a beauty pageant, paniolo awards, and the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contests.
Enjoy a beautiful Upcountry Day! The 34th Annual Maui Upcountry Ag & 4-H Farm Fair will be held at Oskie Rice Arena and Field in Makawao on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Live entertainment will include Larry Gollis, the Silver Spur Band, Richard Ho'opi'i and 'Ohana, Andy Kaina and the Kaina Country Band, the Mikey Mina Trio, the 'Ukulele Pops Band, the Hawaiian Serenaders and special guest appearances by Dora, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Sponge Bob.
The event will also host a classic car, motorcycle and tractor show--and much more.
There's something for everyone--crafts, plants, a paniolo tent, Keiki Zone and the made-in-Hawai'i ag tent.
Members of Maui's 4-H Club will present their project animals and compete for champion ribbons and trophies on Saturday at 8 a.m., followed by the auction of the market steers, hogs and lambs and replacement nanny goats. The auction starts at 1 p.m. sharp. The 4-H show will continue on Sunday at 9 a.m.
The fair began in 1978, when Guus Mauri pulled together a small, but very successful First Annual Upcountry Fair on the grounds of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Makawao.
The next year, the event was moved to the Eddie Tam Memorial Center.
Mauri and Mabel Lopes co-chaired this event for 21 years with the help of many volunteers and donations from businesses such as Haleakala Dairy and Maui Soda.
The event has grown each year.
The fair has always raised money for Upcountry youth clubs. Adding the soccer tournament and partnering with the 4-H livestock show and sale brought in a larger crowd, made it more profitable. Proceeds from the fair have supported many Upcountry youth sports team purchases of uniforms and equipment.
The fair relocated to the Oskie Rice Arena and Field on Olinda Road in 2008.
This year's fair is co-chaired by Jo-Anne Aiwohi and Sherman Anthony Baisa.
Just like in the old days, the event is put together by a team of dedicated volunteers who start months in advance applying for grants to cover the costs of the tents and contacting a variety of vendors who offer their special "Made-in-Hawai'i" products, delicious foods and great entertainment that help to make our fair a huge success.
Mauri acknowledges and thanks all the many volunteers who could always be counted upon to come out and pull their share.
"Mahalo to Mabel Lopes, Nathan Perreira, Netta Kanoho, Coach Gundi Dancil, Coach Louis Silva, Rita Ramon-Kuaana, Wayne Nishiki, Tom Trottier, Abe Aiona, Billy Irvine, Lyman and Brenda Kualaau, Craig Moore and the Farrier's Association, and everyone else who has helped who we might have forgotten," said Mauri.
For more information, call 281-2458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.