Kapolei Farm Fair ahas 4-H, Rides, Foods

Rasa Fournier
Wednesday - June 28, 2006
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The Hawaii Farm Bureau has its hands, er,hoofs,full getting ready for the 2006 Hawaii State Farm Fair in Kapolei.

All of the expected food, fun and rides will be in full swing July 20-23 and 28-30, along with special appearances by hairy four-legged friends. Tents and entertainment will be set up at the corner of Farrington Highway and Fort Barrett Road.

“We’ll have the 4-H’ers there this year, so we’re excited about that,” said coordinator Brian Miyamoto.“It’ll draw the kids out there, and they’ll get to showcase their animals.”

Planned events include a 4-H judging contest, E.K. Fernandez rides and games, a petting zoo, livestock tent, chef demonstrations, food booths and a plant sale. Meadow Gold, the USDA and the UH College of Tropical Agriculture also will be participating.

Booth space is still available for orchid and food vendors. Call Miyamoto at 848-2074.

When they’re not busy planning their annual fair, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation folks are the people responsible for making fresh produce and flowers available to the public at the farmers markets in Kailua, at Kapiolani Community College and most recently in Mililani. To celebrate Mililani market’s first-year anniversary, the farm bureau will give funds to the athletic and agricultural department at Mililani High School. (The bureau especially wants to help in light of setbacks suffered by the MHS agriculture program in January when $9,000 worth of equipment was stolen.)

Information on the fair and farmers markets is available at www.hfbf.org. The site will soon sport a new web page devoted entirely to the Hawaii State Farm Fair.

Dressed in a vibrant array of traditional hapi coats, Carolyn Yoshimoto (left), Rayen and Sharye Haid, Lisa Miyaji, Ayana Haid, Charmaine and Garin Miyaji take a break from bon dancing June 17 at the Ewa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Photo by Byron Lee, staff photographer.

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