The Randall breed was well represented at New Pond Farm's 23rd. annual Founder's May Fair celebration in West Redding, Connecticut, Saturday, May 20th., 2006. Eleven month old Randall heifers "Mandy" and "Astilbe" were on display accompanied by Cynthia Creech and Phil Lang from the Registry. The May Fair was well attended, and the weather cooperated despite a couple of brief sprinkles in the afternoon. New Pond Farm is home to a Randall heifer, "Howland Homestead Noreen", who is bred to calve in June 2006. Noreen will join the milking herd of Guernseys, Jerseys, and a Holstein when she freshens.
New Pond Farm is a Not-For-Profit "year-round environmental learning center" that was created by the late actress Carmen Mathews. The 102 acre farm is under a conservation easement with the Redding Land Trust, and is run by Executive Director Ann Taylor, a Board of Directors, and staff. The open land is a working farm run by Farm Manager Chris Casiello, and features an on-farm store selling dairy products and vegetables to local residents. New Pond Farm offers multiple learning opportunities for people of all ages, including summer camp programs for children.
"Founder's May Fair 2006" is an annual event to "welcome the growing season", and featured sheep shearing all day, (the annual shearing of the farm's Romney sheep flock), a Maypole dance for the children, animal exhibits, numerous craft tables and projects, fleece spinning and felting demonstrations, and much more. There were a pair of fiddlers and a bluegrass group, and a special presentation of birds of prey by Hope Douglas from "Wind Over Wings