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Upcountry Ag & Farm Fair

June 11, 2009
Trisha Smith

It’s that time of the year again, so round up your family and friends and head up to the 29th Annual Upcountry Agriculture & Farm Fair on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, beginning at 9 a.m.

This farm festival is full of educational opportunities and entertainment the whole family can enjoy and will be held once again at the Oskie Rice Arena, on Olinda Road above Makawao Town.

From produce and agriculture to livestock, the annual fair provides a plethora of homegrown and ranch-raised options attendees can appreciate.

Fair organizers are proud to once again host the Maui 4-H Livestock Association 2009 Show and Auction. On Saturday, the festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with the goat show, followed by lambs and market hogs. Market steers conclude the showcase at 10 a.m., with a live auction starting at 2 p.m.

The fun continues on Sunday with livestock showmanship contests and an awards ceremony.

Round up your paniolo for the arena events throughout the weekend, including demonstrations from the Maui Horse Show Association and a variety of rodeo action including barrel racing, the rawhide race and bull riding. Yee haw!

Cheer for amateur cooks as they roll up their sleeves to take part in the comfort food cooking contests for stew, chili and roasts on Saturday. (Drop off entries at 9:30 a.m. at the Maui Cattle Co. tents). The contest is centered on creating affordable comfort dishes enjoyed by generations of the local ‘ohana.

The “cherished family dishes” are required to use three to five pounds of Maui Cattle Company chuck beef. The food will be judged on flavor, creativity, inclusion of local produce, and of course, taste. Points will also be given for a good story and history of the recipe. Winners announced at 11 a.m.

Stop by the Ag Tent and the Maui Farm Bureau farmer’s market for fresh produce or grab some Native Hawaiian plants, flowers and home arts to enhance the homestead.

There will also be a Paniolo Tent for branding demonstrations, saddle making, leather weaving and more. Check out the Paniolo Hall of Fame display for a little history lesson as well.

An array of Hawai‘i’s own talent will also be on hand to entertain throughout weekend, including musicians, storytellers and maybe even some magic. (See sidebar for details.)

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about our community’s history and heritage at the 29th Annual Upcountry Ag & Farm Fair this weekend.

Admission is free, and vehicle parking is $5, which will go to support the Makawao Strikers Soccer Club, King Kekaulike High School Girls Soccer and Upcountry Fair Youth Development Scholarship Fund.

The event is sponsored by the Hawai‘i 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission, County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development and Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. and others.

Call 572-3545 for more information.



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