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FFA to host 39th annual school fair

ELLENBURG DEPOT - The Northern Adirondack Central School District chapter of Future Farmers of America will host its 39th annual school fair next Thursday, May 21.

The event, which has traditionally encompassed events such as a dairy and beef cattle show and a small animal exhibit, will be held at the school, 5586 U.S. Route 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year's fair will feature several new activities, including a fly-tying and fly-casting demonstration by Trout Unlimited, where students will receive an elementary lesson on the basics of fly fishing.

In addition, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets has agreed to hold a poultry vaccination clinic at the fair. The vaccinations are free and will be available to those who wish to have their chickens vaccinated anytime throughout the day.

An unprecedented amount of small animals and livestock will be exhibited this year as well, including world-class miniature horses to be shown by Jeff King. The horses will join several goats, pigs, draft horses, and other personal animals that NAC students will present.

Besides being the owner of several award-winning horses, King is also a dealer for Direct Action Company, which specializes in animal nutrition and supplements and has donated generously to the fair.

Agri-Mark, which operates McCadam and Cabot Cheese, has donated cheddar and American cheese for the cheeseburgers that will be sold at the fair. Samples have also been provided that will be available at a booth, where one can order cheese as part of an FFA fundraiser.

FFA members of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the Cattle Show. Students have been working extremely hard throughout the past several weeks with the assistance of Homer Bushey in preparation for this event.

For more information about the upcoming school fair, contact FFA advisor Donald Jones, 637-8272, or by e-mail at djones@nacs1.org.

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