NORWICH – This Saturday, June 20, Chenango County will celebrate its agricultural heritage with Dairy Day. The event, sponsored annually by Chenango County Dairy Promotion, is now in its ninth year.
The day long, family-friendly event will feature a parade, activities for kids of all ages, plenty of farm animals and, of course, more dairy products than you can imagine.
“There will be a ton of animals and a ton of fun for everyone,” said Janet Pfromm of Cornell Cooperative Extension, who helps sponsor the event.
The festivities will kick off with the 3rd Annual Milk Run, a 5 K run which starts and ends at the Chenango County Fairgrounds in Norwich. Entries will be accepted until just prior to the run’s 9:30 a.m. start. The entry fee for the run is $10 per runner, proceeds from which will benefit the Dairy Promotion Committee.
The Dairy Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. in the P & C parking lot and proceed down East Main Street to the fairgrounds. The line-up will include local dignitaries such as Assemblyman Cliff Crouch and Norwich Mayor Joe Maiurano, the Puckerville Pullers antique tractor club, the Smyrna Citizens Band, the Bainbridge Old Time Band, Red Barn Alpacas, the Dairy Ambassadors, 4-H Clubs, scouting groups, school groups and farm animals. There will also be ag related businesses including Upstate Farms, which will be handing out samples of “intense milk.”