OXFORD – Oxford Academy’s annual School Fair returns Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Similar in concept to the county fair, the school will host 25 different exhibits run by the students, and it’s open to the public. There will be exhibits featuring art, animals, demonstrations and products from local businesses such as Kutik’s honey and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Primary school students who are not participating will head down to the fair in the morning, while middle schoolers will attend in the afternoon, and high schoolers may go whenever they have a free period.
The fair is run by members of Oxford’s FFA chapter and the student government and takes place on the high school campus. There will be a wood chipper brought in, a scavenger hunt, as well as a fake cow for students who wish to practice their milking skills.
Oxford teachers Margo Barrows and Crystal Aukema began organizing this year’s fair during the summer. “We invested a lot of time this year to make the fair bigger than ever,” said Barrows. Due to their early start, the two teachers have been able to secure more exhibitors of a greater variety than previous years.
Barrows has been involved in Oxford’s school fair since she was in primary school herself during the 1980s and has brought something to the fair every year. Around five years ago, in an effort to proliferate the spirit of the fair, Barrows clad herself in a sheep suit and riled up the primary schoolers’ enthusiasm, successfully compelling them to get involved. This year Barrows said she will be showcasing two horses and a donkey.