Chenango gears up for Dairy Day

Roberts Briggs says he couldn’t be more proud of the half-century he devoted to dairy farming.

The 76-year-old Afton resident has watched the industry go through change after change – some good, some bad – first as a son, then as a husband, and again as a father. Briggs is retired now. He recently sold the cows and his kids have started families of their own. With fond memories and no regrets, life on the family dairy farm for him has come full circle.

“It’s been a great way to live,” he said. “I’m happy and proud to have been a dairy farmer. It’s a great life.”

This Saturday Briggs, who doubles as the Afton town supervisor, will help honor the many others who are, and have been, honored to be local dairy producers. He’s kicking-off the 7th Annual Dairy Day celebrations Saturday at the county fairgrounds as Grand Marshall of the Main Street parade.

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