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Hundreds of families came out to Kualoa Ranch this weekend to enjoy the Hawaii State Farm Fair.
“When we first moved out here we didn’t think we’d draw as well just because you know far from the city,” Hawaii State Farm Bureau President Dean Okimoto said.
In 2011, the Hawaii State Farm fair went on hiatus, looking for a new venue to promote Hawaii’s agriculture and farming.
The following year, they found their spot, Kualoa Ranch, and they’ve been very happy with the location ever since.
“Our attendance last year was 13,000 and this year we’re looking to top that so yeah very successful,” Okimoto said.
The move out to the country from previous locations of Aloha Stadium and the Bishop Museum, Okimoto says gave the farm bureau a better opportunity to encourage younger people to get involved in the industry.
“We’re trying to reach out more to the young people to join these programs and to learn about agriculture and to hopefully out of that we can grow some farmers,” Okimoto said.
It’s no secret, that many of our Hawaii farmers are growing old and need help from youth to sustain the industry.
“There’s so many farmers that are getting to the age of like 60 and there’s not enough young ones and this kind of fair is so important and critical I think to our future,” Hawaii FFA Association Makana Agcaoili said.
Meet 7-year-old Treston Lindsey, he started with the Hawaii State 4-H program when he was 5 years old.
This year, he entered his chicken.
“Her name is Lita she’s a red-headed hen she lays eggs,” Lindsey said.
Treston enjoys taking care of Lita, but says it is a lot of work.
Last year, he raised a goat, I asked him what the difference was between raising a goat and a chicken.
“A goat’s more different because you have to use a leash and this one you just have to hold it in your hands and a goat’s too big to carry,” Lindsey said.
Treston isn’t the only young farmer who enjoys raising animals.
“Taking care of your animal is a lot of work but you be so proud of your animal when you’re done,” Hawaii State 4-H program member Sydney Porter said.
Sydney Porter was born on a farm.
She entered her lamb, Lacey and won an award.
“The feeling that you accomplished something so I get this lamb and I feed it and I take care of it and that I show it and when you win it’s really rewarding,” Porter said.
The money raised from fair admission goes towards the Hawaii State 4-H program and the Hawaii State Farm Bureau.