Hawaii State Farm Fair celebrates agriculture

Hawaii State Farm Fair celebrates agriculture

The 53rd Hawaii State Farm Fair is happening July 11-12 at Kualoa Ranch. Kids and students with ID get in for free. Here is a portion of the information they provided Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Farm Bureau in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture as well as a host of other key sponsors like 4H, Kamehameha Schools, Kualoa Ranch, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, City and County of Honolulu, GEICO, Ulupono and more help to make the event happen.

Entry is FREE for children and students (with valid I.D.) and adults are just $5. But if people have a Foodland Maika'i card they can also get an additional $1 off adult admission. Or if they are Oceanic Time Warner Internet customers, they should see a coupon for $1 off in their e-newsletter.

It's part of the Hawaii Farm Bureau's mission since 1948 to be the voice of agriculture, protecting and advocating on behalf of more than 2,000 farmers and ranchers. The farm fair is one way we educate the public and promote awareness of Hawaii's agricultural and ranching industries.

In addition, we've had it for the last four years at Kualoa Ranch which is a beautiful country venue and actual working cattle ranch. The Fair also helps supports 4-H in their mission to educate young people and the future farmers of America.

Educational exhibits and local products at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's "Buy Local, It Matters" Educational Pavilion

The freshest local produce and one of the largest and most diverse selections of plants at Kamehameha Schools Country Market and Plant Sale.

New for the first time this year: Shriner's Hospital will be offering a teddy bear clinic to help kids learn how to enjoy a safe and injury-free summer. Children can bring their favorite teddy bear, doll or stuffed toy and learn how treatment is done by Shriner's medical staff.

Entertainment like Huewa, the Na Hoku Hanahano award winning artist and other up and coming local talent. And always popular, Steve-O the Clown to juggle, tell jokes and give out balloon animals.

Fun contests like Watermelon, Chili Pepper eating and corn husking.

On Saturday, the winner of the Farm Fair's first "Best Local Pie" contest sponsored by Big City Diner will be selected, live on stage. The winner will receive a blue ribbon, $500 and a $200 GC from Big City Diner.

This year there is also a new interactive hands-on activity called "Keiki Farm Hands" – children will get to learn about different aspects of farming.

There will be a seedling ID game, planting activity, a cow (replica) to milk, a chick hatchery, a live Honey Bee display, kid's sized farming and more. The first 500 kids also receive a complimentary pail and shovel from GEICO to take home.

And no fair is complete without fabulous food. There will be roasted corn, guava smoked meats, grass-fed beef burgers from Kualoa, lemonade, shave ice and much more.

Bouncers and small rides are also available in the kiddie zone, along with A rock climbing wall.

Saturday, July 11: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kualoa Ranch

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