In 2016 The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Celebrated its 100 year anniversary. To mark the occasion, each month one County Farm Bureau held a special event inviting anyone to attend!
January – Coos County
Despite some precipitation, Coos County Farm Bureau held their 100 Year Celebration on Saturday, January 16th. Coos County Farm Bureau President Joyce Brady said despite the weather, “We had a great time.”
February – Merrimack County
Merrimack County Farm Bureau hosted NH State Trooper Todd C. Ferris for a workshop on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations regarding farm vehicles as part of their 100 Year Celebration on February 20th.
March – Strafford County
Strafford County Farm Bureau hosted a breakfast at the Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall in conjunction with the Town of Lee, which was celebrating its 250th Anniversarry, in March. Over 350 people celebrated the two historic anniversaries by enjoying great food and great conversation.
April – Grafton County
Grafton County Farm Bureau showcased their county’s farms and agricultural organizations with tables and displays at the Monroe Town Hall for their 100 Year Celebration. The event also featured speakers, a video message from former NH Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Taylor, and a chicken barbecue.
May – Carroll County
Carroll County Farm Bureau held their 100 Year Celebration at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm. The over 60 guests had the option of a farm tour or a barn history tour and all were treated to a meal prepared by the Remick Farm staff.
June – Rockingham County
Rockingham County Farm Bureau celebrated 100 years of NH Farm Bureau with a Strawberry Festival Farm Day at Sunnycrest Farms in Londonderry. Tractor-drawn wagon rides, agriculture related booths & vendors, strawberry shortcake, and a speech by former NHFB President Wayne Mann were just some of the activities. They also demonstrated an antique shingle mill (shown above) and sold branded shingles.
July – Sullivan County
Sullivan County Farm Bureau celebrated 100 Years of NH Farm Bureau over two days by giving out ice cream at the Newport Farmers Market on Friday, July 22nd and hosting a barbecue at the Sullivan County Farm on Saturday, July 23rd. Attendees of the barbecue also had the opportunity to take a tour and learn the history of the Sullivan County Farm from Sullivan County Conservation District District Manager, Lionel Chute.
August – Belknap County
Belknap County Farm Bureau hosted a tractor safety training at the Belknap County Fairgrounds to celebrate 100 Years of NH Farm Bureau. Mark Labonte gave a presentation on tractor safety and then gave tips to some youngsters who had the opportunity to try out what they had just learned on the Kubota tractor pictured below.
September – Cheshire County
Cheshire County Farm Bureau held a Farm Festival Day at East Hill Farm in Troy on September 5th to celebrate 100 Years of NH Farm Bureau. Activities included hay bale and butter making demonstrations, pony rides, an assortment of animals, and a cookout!
October – Hillsborough
Combining their 100 Year Celebration and Annual Meeting, Hillsborough County Farm Bureau hosted an event at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 2nd. The celebration featured live music from the Hickory Horned Devils, a pig roast, and a talk from Steve Taylor.