Farmers and spectators are invited for boisterous mid-season competition in the fields at Broad Acres Farms
VERSHIRE, VERMONT — Teams from all over Vermont are invited to come together from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 9th at Broad Acres Farm in Vershire, VT to compete in a wide range of events designed to challenge farmers’ field skills. The second annual Farmer Olympics, hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont), is a chance to take a mid-season break and enjoy some healthy competition with fellow farmers.
“Last year's Farmer Olympics was a raucous success,” said event organizer Mimi Arnstein, who is also a NOFA Vermont board member. “We were thrilled by the turnout--nearly 100 farmers from 12 different farms--and everyone had a great time competing against one another, as well as laughing a lot."
Competitors will show off their finely-honed skills in contests ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous, competing in events like electric fence limbo, hay bale toss, and a shoveling relay.
Farmer-Olympians will enjoy wood-fired, fresh pizza made in the NOFA Vermont mobile oven. Teams are asked to register online at www.nofavt.org/events/farmer-olympics. The registration rules dictate that teams must have 4-5 people to enter, and each team member must be a part of the farm crew or staff of an agricultural organization or business. Multiple farms may partner to create a joint team.
This event is generously sponsored by Frazer Insurance Agency, Welch's Hardware, the Vermont Farm Bureau, and the Skinny Pancake.
The 2nd annual NOFA Vermont Farmer Olympics will take place at Broad Acres Farm, located at 537 Brown Road in Vershire, Vermont on August 9th. Teams are asked to arrive at 4:00 pm to check in and warm up. The competition events are from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by pizza, awards, and celebrations.