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    MDAR advocates the public to absorb and educate themselves on the diversity of agriculture and its impact on the Massachusetts economy. MDAR supports and provides guidelines for all agricultural fairs in the Commonwealth.The Department also works with and supports all fairs and youth organizations to increase agricultural development and education.    

    MDAR manages the Massachusetts Exposition Building in West Springfield, inspects fairs, conducts workshops, seminars, and training sessions, and publishes the annual Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Directory


    Agricultural Fairs Judging Training

    The Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) is pleased to offer an Agricultural Fair Judging Training to be held in W. Springfield on Saturday, February 27th.  In order to be a Certified Judge for Fruits, Vegetables, Canning and Community/ Grange Exhibits, a judge candidate needs to attend an instructional training as well as take a test based on the information presented at the instructional training. 

    The information covered will be based on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Blue Book.  To become a Class One Certified Judge, the judge candidate will be required to pass the test with a score of 80% or higher.  To become a Class Two Certified Judge, the judge candidate will be required to pass the test with a score of 80% or higher as well as mentor a Massachusetts Certified Agricultural Fair Judge(s) to at least three (3) agricultural fairs held in Massachusetts within 18 month from the date of passing the test.

    Training Location and Details:

    Saturday,  February 27, Young Building conference room at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield.  No snow date

    Schedule for the Day
    8:00 am -8:30: Registration
    8:30 am - 10:00: Instructional Training for Certification Test
    10:00 am -10:15: Break
    10:15 am -11:45: Instructional Training for Certification Test
    11:45 am -12:15 pm: Lunch Break - Lunch is not provided; plan to bring your own or money to order pizza.
    12:15 pm -1:45: Certification Test  
    2:00 pm -2:45: Animal Health Rules and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) presented by DAR, Division of Animal Health.
    3:00 pm- Adjourn

    To register fax or email the registration form pdf format of Agricultural Fairs Judging Workshops
to the attention of Julia Grimaldi, fax: 617-626-1850 or email: Julia.Grimaldi@state.ma.us.  Questions: 617-626-1763. Registration Deadline is Wednesday, February 24.

    The agricultural fairs program is once again preparing for another great fairs season in 2016. In order to fulfill your requests in a timely manner please adhere complete the following forms.

    Avian Influenza Alert: Backyard Bird Biosecurity and Illness Reporting pdf format of Avian Influenza Alert: Backyard Bird Biosecurity

Location, Location, Location!

Showcase your informational, educational, promotional and retail exhibits in the Massachusetts Building at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

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