Monday, May 20, 2013
NORTHEAST LIVESTOCK EXPO
BY MICHAEL SHEPHERD, Staff Writer
WINDSOR — A local businesswoman says the Northeast Livestock Expo will provide her company a chance to pitch its wares to the public.
Jen Mills, right, and Sarah Lewis struggle to maneuver a Boer Goat into a grooming pen Wednesday at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The doe was being cleaned up for the Northeast Livestock Expo which commences Friday. Sheep, horses, cows, rabbits, alpacas and goats will be displayed through Sunday.
Staff photo by Andy Molloy
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The event, hitting the Windsor Fairgrounds today and running through Sunday afternoon, is in its fourth year bringing local farmers, businesspeople and associations together for firsthand opportunities to interact with the general public, according to Kim MacKay, the expo’s general manager.
“It’s a networking opportunity for sales, advertising and promotion,” she said. “The expo provides a platform for people to visit with the people producing their food.”
Lisa Pierce, the owner of slaughterhouse West Gardiner Beef, called the event an important “advertising opportunity” for her business.
She said her company will provide the pig for Saturday’s pig roast.
The Maine Department of Agriculture is a sponsor, along with many Maine businesses and associations.
Though it is dubbed a livestock expo, the expo also includes events such as tractor pulling, a costume parade and multiple gardening forums. There will be a livestock auction on Saturday.
MacKay called the event “lower-key” compared to some end-of-season agricultural fairs due to a sole focus on public interaction.
She said the event — which in the past has drawn more than 1,000 people to the fairgrounds —is the only one of its kind in New England because of a diverse scope not based in any single area of agriculture.
“This event is not based on competition, but just on marketing and promotion,” MacKay said.
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