Showing off agricultural efforts
Stratham Fair is a draw when it's all about the farm animals
By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent | July 19. 2013 8:36PM
Merrimack River Valley Dairy Club member Alex Bachelder, 12, of Epsom, cleans the ears of her dairy cow named Rattle Friday at the Stratham Fair. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Just ask Katie Soucy.
The 17-year-old from Hopkinton who will be showing her dairy cow, Mistress, in the Stratham Fair this weekend said the heat and humidity causes the fur to cling to her arms.
The heat forced officials to shut down carnival rides for part of Friday afternoon for safety reasons, but organizers said they expected things to get back to normal by evening as temperatures cooled a bit and crowds returned for the Miss Stratham Fair pageant.
The fair is a fundraiser for the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department and can bring in as much as $50,000 in a good year, according to fair Chairman Francisco Marin, also a volunteer firefighter.
“It’s a community fair. It’s an agricultural fair. 4-H is a big part of us,” Marin said.
Ten-year-old Brooke Fifield of Franklin, a member of the Merrimack Dairy Club, was looking forward to showing her cow at the fair.
Stratham fire Lt. Tim Slager, one of the fair’s directors, said he’s enjoyed helping out since he moved to town. He arrived in 1988 and started volunteering the next year.
With more heat expected today, Gino Cosimini figured he was in the right business. A manager at the White Mountain Creamery stand, Cosimini said the mango sorbet was a big seller at the fair, and for those looking for an ice cream fix, Oreo cookie seemed to do the trick.