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Saddle up to 31st Upcountry Fair

June 1, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Getting ready to saddle up to the 31st Upcountry Fair? It will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the Oskie Rice Field & Arena on Olinda Road in Makawao.

According to the press release, “this year’s theme is Nana ‘Ike Kumu (Look to the Source), which celebrates the upcountry ranching and farming lifestyle that is unique to Maui while creating opportunities for Maui’s youth to develop an interest in agriculture, animal husbandry and ranching.”

The Upcountry Fair always features a wide array of activities, displays and events which appeal to kids of all ages. Highlights include the Maui 4-H Livestock Association’s annual animal show and sale in which Maui’s youth present the farm animals they have raised for the year and offer them for sale at an auction.

“The Upcountry Fair committee and myself are very proud of our 4-H youth in stepping forward and taking leadership this year, and forming the new 4-H Youth Board along with University of Hawai‘i’s University Cooperative Exchange, 4-H Leader Gary Heusel and Maui’s Harold Keyser, overseers of the 4-H ag projects,” says Lyman Kuala‘au, Upcountry Fair co chair.

“The education, knowledge and understanding that our 4-H kids are learning has groomed them well for their role in leadership of the 4-H Youth Board. Several of the kids are graduating from high school this year and we congratulate them. The 4-H kids are our future in ag and farming, and we look forward to the 4-H Youth Livestock Show and Auction this year.”

Some people come to attend the ‘Ohana Ranch Rodeo, which kicks up its heels in the rodeo arena from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Keiki love the Stick Pony Rodeo and sack races. But food is always a big draw.

There will be a Pie Eating Contest on Saturday, June 11 and Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, June 12.

“In the Whole Foods Market Agricultural Tent, fair-goers can shop for Maui County Farm Bureau farm-fresh produce and plants,” says the press release. “The Made-in-Hawaii Tent features all kinds of crafts and packaged foods, which are perfect for gift-giving. Attendees can enjoy grazing on Maui style food, featuring BBQ chicken, beef and pork plates, lumpia, chow fun, salads, Indian dishes and desserts.”

“Haleakala Ranch’s Entertainment Tent presents Maui’s favorite performers, George Kahumoku Jr., Benny Uyetake, The Shamrocks and Jah Residentz on Saturday. Sunday entertainment continues with Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i and his ‘ohana, the Hawaiian Serenaders, ‘Ukulele Pops Band, Country Band and Marty Dread. Halau hula will also perform on stage each morning and Kathy “Tita” Collins will serve as M.C. on Saturday.”

“The Upcountry Ag & Farm Fair is for everyone, so join us for one day or two and make sure you bring the whole family,” said Brenda Kuala‘au Upcountry Fair Co-Chair.

For more information, call Brenda Kuala‘au at 808-870-9031 or email The Upcountry Fair’s mission is to protect, promote and perpetuate agriculture, farming and ranching on the island of Maui. Visit Upcountry Fair Website.


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