15th Annual Dairy Day Celebrates Chenango’s Leading Industry

By: Shawn Magrath

15th annual Dairy Day celebrates Chenango’s leading industry

NORWICH – It’s about farms, farmers and fun as Chenango County comes together this weekend to celebrate all things dairy.

The 15th annual Chenango County Dairy Day kicks off Saturday in Norwich. As in years past, Dairy Day puts milk, milk products and milk producers in the spotlight during a free, fun-filled family day at the Chenango County fairgrounds. And since there are approximately 250 dairy farms and over 19,000 dairy cows in Chenango County producing more than 25.5 million pounds of milk per month, there’s certainly a lot to celebrate.

“June is Dairy Month, so we have a lot of things dairy planned,” said Marge Davis, chair of the Dairy Day Committee comprised of local dairy farmers, Cornell Cooperative Extension, members of the Chenango County Farm Bureau, USDA employees, and area businesses. “If you have never made it to Dairy Day, you should make it a point of being there.”

The day starts with the annual 5K Milk Run to raise funds for the Frontier Communications Relay for Life campaign. The race, available for all ages, will award the top finishers in four divisions: youth male; youth female; adult male; and adult female.

“There is still time to register,” said Davis.

Registration and sign-in for the Milk Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the race track gate of the fairgrounds on East Main Street in Norwich. Fees are $15 per runner. Runners hit the start line at 9 a.m.

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Of course, what’s Dairy Day without the Dairy Day parade?

“The parade is always a fan favorite,” said Davis, adding that milk trucks, farm animals, Chenango County 4-H, and several tractors are only part of the parade lineup led this year by Grand Marshal Allen Proskin.

“The Chenango County Diary Princesses will be there too,” Davis added.

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