MDAR allots prize monies to agricultural fairs and supports 4-H activities in National Competitions.
The Agricultural Fairs Staff manage the Massachusetts Exposition Building in West Springfield, inspects fairs, conducts workshops, seminars, and training sessions, and publishes the annual Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Directory .
The MDAR is pleased to present three Agricultural Fair Judging Workshops this spring to be held in the western, eastern and northeastern area of the State. In order to be a Certified Judge for Fruits, Vegetables, Canning and Community/ Grange Exhibits, a judge candidate needs to attend instructional training as well as take a test based on the information presented at instructional training. Information covered is 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 3 agricultural fairs held in Massachusetts within the next 18 month from the date of passing the test.
Meeting Locations and Details:
Saturday, May 9th - Western Area: Main floor of the Massachusetts Building located on the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield.
Saturday May 30th- Northeastern Area: Carriage House located at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Route 1 in Topsfield.
Saturday May 16th - Southeastern Area: Marshfield Fairgrounds Administration building 140 Main St, Marshfield.
To Register: Contact Ellen Hart at MA Department of Agricultural Resources, fax or email attached registration form to Ellen Hart, fax: 617-626-1850 or email: Ellen.Hart@state.ma.us Deadline for registering is the Wednesday prior to the Saturday meeting location.
Fairs Information and Reporting Forms
- Cover Letter to the Fairs
- Certificate of Returns
- Secretary's Report of the Fair
- Summary Sheet of Returns
- Classification Breakdowns
- Direct Contact Information
- Rosette Order Form
- Financial Statement for Major Fairs
- Information for Massgrown Website
- MassGrown Marketing Materials
Healthy Animals: Guidance for Exhibitors at Fairs