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Are you planning to visit the Troy Fair next week? We are, and we hope to see you there. The conservation district will be on hand all week at the fair with interactive, educational displays highlighting Bradford County’s valuable natural resources. Our community’s first county fair 144 years ago was all about celebrating agriculture, and those roots are still producing today.

When you think about natural resources, how do you describe them? What would you name? We think about them strategically in six categories – soil, water, air, energy, plants and wildlife. Everything we do is aimed at helping you steward these amazing resources, and you can experience all of them close-up at this year’s fair.

Soil is the root of all natural life on our planet!

When working with elementary students across the county, we enjoy asking them to think of foods that do not come from the soil. They are shocked to learn that all the goofy things they think of come from the soil! This year at the fair we will have our soil health display up and running at the new “Agsploration Station” where you will find all sorts of fun activities for all ages. Learn what healthy soil looks like and things you can do to improve your soil.  (You also want to make plans to visit this year’s new no tillage demonstration garden at the Stoll Natural Resource Center).

Water, air, and sunlight are the keys that unlock the amazing soil resource vault. Our aquarium tank at this year’s fair will showcase some of Pennsylvania’s native fish and their love of clean air and water. And there is sure to be other interesting critters nearby too! 

Kids will be able to “catch” a fish, test their fish identification skill for a prize, and learn how they can help keep our air and water clean. You will also see our new watershed model in action; a fun way for all ages to explore how a watershed works, highlighting opportunities small and large to retain water in the soil, as opposed to sending it downstream.

You can meet conservation district staff and directors through the week, who will be available to discuss natural resource related issues you may be thinking about. Make your voice heard. We make it a point to understand the natural resource issues important to our community. That is what a conservation district does.  That is who we are!

Visit www.troyfair.com for fair details. Regardless of your background or current situation, there are vital connections for you to make at the fair. Surely the fair has no shortage of entertainment - something for every sense.  But there is more! Something old. Something rich. Something valuable. We will be looking for you, hoping to help you rediscover some roots!

The Bradford County Conservation District is committed to helping people manage resources wisely.  You can visit the Bradford County Conservation District at 200 Lake Rd in Wysox across from the Wysox Fire Hall. Contact us at (570) 485-3144 or visit our web page at www.bccdpa.com.