This past Tuesday while much of the world was focused on the Olympic events in Rio, a different type of games were playing out in a small corner of New England as farmers took to the field to compete in Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s 2nd Annual Farmer Olympics in Vershire, Vermont.

With empty bins and shovels in hand, they headed straight for the manure pile where they frantically loaded bins then ran them back to the manure spreader four times on their quest for glory. The Manure Relay done it was onto events like the Wrapped Bale Push, the Seeding Relay and even a set of word problems before making it to the podium.

After taking part in pregame warmups like the Hay Bale Toss and Guess the Number of Cows in the Field the crowd gathered for the Opening Ceremony where a quartet hummed the Olympic theme song on kazoo and a makeshift torch was set ablaze.

Members of Cedar Circle Farm celebrated winning the seeding relay.




Merle Russell of Humble Hill Farm tossed a bail of hay.

(Slightly adapted from BostonGlobe.Com )