News briefs: Town Dem Caucus March 24; April jobs fair; Windsor Ag Fair seeks farm, craft vendors

The Chester Town Democratic Committee will hold its Post-Primary Presidential Democratic Town Caucus beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 24, in the conference room of the Whiting Library, 117 Main St., Chester, VT. All Democrats are invited to attend.

The purpose of the Caucus is to elect delegates from the Town of Chester to the Vermont State Democratic Convention, which will be held in Barre, VT, on May 26, 2012.

Any Democrat interested in running for election at the state Democratic Convention to be a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention should attend the March 24 Caucus. For information on how to become a delegation to the national convention, click here.

For further information, contact Bill Dakin, chair, Chester Town Democratic Committee at 802-875-3456.

Jobs Fair seeks employers, workers

Springfield, VT – The River Valley Workforce Investment Board will be hosting the first River Valley Employment Fair from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, River Valley Technical Center at the Howard Dean Education Center, 307 South St. in Springfield.

Fair organizers are actively looking for local employers with job opportunities, especially those who gear up in the spring and summer. Employers or resource organizations interested in participating should contact fair coordinator Jaynie Smith at 802-591-0163 or at

The event is aimed at connecting local job seekers with seasonal and permanent jobs in the area and to showcase resources and training programs that will help job seekers attain employment. There is no fee for employers or jobseekers to participate.

The fair is a joint effort among the River Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and the River Valley Technical Center.

The River Valley WIB serves the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Landgrove, Londonderry, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Weston, Windsor, Windham and surrounding communities.

For the most up-to-date information on the River Valley Employment Fair, go

 Windsor County Ag Fair seeks farm, craft vendors

The Windsor County Agricultural Fair will be held on July 7 and 8, 2012, its board of directors announced. This year will mark the 39th year that the “Best Little Fair in Vermont” will be held at Barlow’s Field on historic Eureka Road in Springfield. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,

The focus of this year’s fair is New Agriculture, which in reality is returning to the “old” ways of local food and small family farms. Farmers, dairies, craftspeople and tradespeople are invited to display in new exhibiting areas, including:

  • Farmers Market held on Sunday, July 8th, open to all farmers and crafters who want to show their wares.
  • Agricultural Exhibition Area featuring a wide variety of “How To” exhibits to showcase talent with carpentry, masonry walls, gardening, beekeeping, maple syrup grading, cheese-making, raising poultry and more.
  • Children’s Activity Tent where non-profits and other exhibitors are invited to provide hands-on activities and games for children.

Organizations and companies also are invited to enter a partnership with the fair through donations or in-kind contributions. Among benefits, sponsors could receive mentions in radio and print advertising, fair web content, press releases and onsite during the fair. The Windsor County Agricultural Fair has been held at the Billings Farm in Woodstock (1855-1932), the Hartland Fairgrounds, the Vermont State Farm in Windsor (1963-1970) and the Ascutney Ski area (1971-1972). Sponsorships allow the fair to continue to highlight Vermont’s agriculture in Windsor County.

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact Kari Storm at 802-291-0731 or by emailing You can also visit and, and follow the fair on Twitter at

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