1. Awards shall recognize exhibits which promote a better understanding of agriculture and rural life.
2. Awards may be given to individuals, farms, businesses or organizations.
3. Awards shall be given based upon assessment of the following:
4. Awards shall not be given to an exhibitor more than once in three years.
5. Awards shall be determined by judges appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food.
At each of the New Hampshire Fairs one display is selected that best promotes agriculture and New Hampshire's rural lifestyle and heritage. We congratulate the past recipients of this special award from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Winners for 2013 will be posted as soon as they are announced.
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Belknap County Fair 2012
“Fly Spray-Buy it of Make it”
Information is presented explaining the ingredients found in costly commercial fly sprays and the reactions horses may have due to the chemicals found in the products. “How to” instructions are provided for horse owners to make an inexpensive, natural and effective fly spray. This poster is neat & well organized.
Cheshire Fair - 2012 Winners
East Swanzey Swiss
Modern Display utilizing period accoutrements to tie in soil-feed/forage & food to the current era.
Cornish Fair - 2012 Winners
Fred & Shirley Sullivan Family Sugarmakers
Maple sap gathering in faux maple orchard, creative – meeting criteria
Deerfield Fair - 2010 Winners
Winner: Randi Fisher - Top line Registered Jerseys
Display: Jersey Cream Soap
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair - 2011 Winners
Display: Butter Churn display
Unique, educational, historic butter churn display
Hopkinton State Fair - 2011 Winners
Display: Livestock Display
Livestock – Brown Swiss – are relaxing in clean sawdust, each identified with the acquired date of birth and breed. There is a wonderful, wooden wall corner display board, exhibiting many farm photos and educational information depicting “cow facts” – cute decorative displays align this rustic display.
Lancaster Fair - 2011 Winners
Live Monarch Metamorphasis Display
A wonderful display where fair goers can see the metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterfly. At the beginning of the fair the box was filled with caterpillars actively eating millweed. Most are now in the chrysalis stage and can be seen hanging from the top of the box. A well drawn diagram showing the different stages makes a nice addition to the box activity.
North Haverhill Fair - 2012 Winner
Becket 4-H Beef Club
Educational tri-board display on “Miniature Herefords”
Explanation of this breed, the reason why this breed is good for showing and for consumption. Great pictures displayed, Nicely done!!
Rochester Fair - 2011 Winners
Strafford County Conservation District
Display: Farm Stand & Local Produce
A nice display supporting the concept to buy local produce. The farm stand provides cider, apples and even corn for popping, all from local farms.
Sandwich Fair - 2010 Winners
Winner: Jenna Brown- Willey Pond Farm
Display: The Yoke
Stratham Fair - 2012 Winner
Exeter Area Garden Club
Gardening Facts Display
A colorful display explaining what the club is all about, along with their interesting list of community service activities. “How To’s” are presented on how to grow garlic and thyme create a butterfly/hummingbird planters, tips on weeding and facts on native frogs and toads. Actual displays or pictures are placed throughout the display