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Day 2: 'Future Farmers of America Day' at the Big E

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It was day two of The Big E and thousands of people came from all over came to West Springfield to enjoy the festivities.

Today was Future Farmers of America Day. A parade was held and everyone got to join in on a pretty interesting contest at The Farm-A-Rama building.  

The "Name the Baby" contest is one of the attractions in the Farm-A-Rama building.

Every year, Maple Brooks Farm brings a baby Alpaca and there mother to put on display at the fair grounds. A lucky fair goer is able to name the new baby. 

Farm owner Michael Tierney says they have thousands of names that come in every year.

"People come over, they meet the baby, they sign up, they put the name of the baby down and their contact, telephone number or address so we can get ahold of them," said Tierey. "We were overwhelmed when we started so we took all the names over to the Big E office and said decide."

Winners of the contest not only get to take pride of naming the Maple Brooks baby, but they also get to take home a supply of Alpaca products.

The Alpacas are housed in the Farm-A-Rama building alongside horses, llamas, piglets, and rabbits. Because it was Future Farmers of America Day, there was also a parade celebrating the festivities.

Farm-A-Rama Superintendent Coenelia Jaquier says working with animals offers young children an interactive experience they can't get anywhere else.

"There's lots of things for the kids to do, it's one of the only buildings that's safe for the kids to get out of their carriages and run around and experience the agriculture of today," said Jacquier.

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