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New Hampshire Shines at the Big E

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (September 27, 2013)

The weather was perfect for New Hampshire Day at the Big E this past Friday in West Springfield, Mass. The New Hampshire Building exhibitors, state agency staff, and New Hampshire Big E trustees welcomed Governor Maggie Hassan for a tour of the building and a chance to visit with exhibitors and workers before the doors opened to the public. Governor Hassan watched from the balcony windows as the crowds streamed into the building. Then she donned a uniform apron and stepped into the tourism information booth to join Jayne O’Connor and Mike Duprey from White Mountains Attractions, Granite State Ambassador Judi Window and Commissioner Jeff Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development to greet visitors and answer questions about visiting the Granite State. Governor Hassan clearly enjoyed being interviewed by a class of note-taking sixth-graders from Amherst, Mass. Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who never misses New Hampshire Day, also enjoyed touring the building and talking with exhibitors, trustees, and visitors.

The Westmoreland Town Band and other musicians performed throughout the day. Members of the NH State Grange were kept busy serving up bowls of cheddar broccoli soup, maple milk shakes, and slices of blueberry and pumpkin pie. Seasoned fairgoers know that the best food to be found on the Big E grounds is at the New Hampshire Building.

At their annual meeting on The Big E fairgrounds, the NH trustees of Eastern States Exposition awarded four $1,000 scholarships to class of 2013 high school graduates now attending college. Each year two scholarships are awarded to distinguished 4-Hers and two to outstanding FFA students. The FFA recipients are both graduates of Seacoast School of Technology, Brian Berridge of East Kingston, now attending Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Forest Technology, and Zoe Picanso of Exeter, now pursuing a degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education at Unity College to become an animal rehabilitator. The 4-H scholarship recipients are Deanna Scruton of Farmington, majoring in Theatre Tech with a minor in Journalism at the University of New Hampshire, and Erva Barnes II of Piermont, a pre-veterinary Biomedical Science major at the University of New Hampshire. Students interested in the Big E Trustees scholarships should contact their FFA teacher or county 4-H office.

New Hampshire 4-Hers are off to a good start in the competitions at Eastern Stated Exposition, which is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the United States.

The New Hampshire 4-H Working Steer Teamtook top honors for Herdsmanship and won the Sweepstakes, too. Rhett Courser was named top Senior Teamster, and Cy Courser was named Top Junior Teamster. 4-H beef exhibitors also took home rosettes, including Hannah Majewski, Olivia Briggs, Anna Fredrickson and Eric Fredrickson.

The new and expanded Wine and Cheese Barn at Mallary Gardens on the fairgrounds has drawn a lot of visitors. In this year’s Big E cheese competition, Doug and Deb Erb’s Landaff’s Kinsman Ridge took a gold in the washed rind cheese category.  There were 143 New England cheeses in the whole competition and 18 in the washed rind category. Among the top-tier winners in the wine competition, LaBelle Winery took Best Fruit Wine, Best NH Wine and a gold medal for ‘Three Kings;’ Jewell Towne took double gold for Petite Aime; Walpole Mountain View Winery, took gold for Mountain View Red, 2010; Zorvino Vineyards took gold for Papa Z’s Bluez. A number of NH wineries and wines won silver and bronze medals, as well. For full results for both the wine and cheese competitions, visit the Big E website:

lorrainemerrillLorraine Merrill, Commissioner

(reprinted from the Weekly Market Bulletin, Sept. 25, 2013)



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