The third annual Herkimer County Family Day at the Farm will take place this weekend at a town of Manheim farm that specializes in quarter horse breeding.
“The event will emphasize agri-business in and around Herkimer County, and old fashioned fun activities for the whole family,” Legislator Bernard Peplinski, R - Cedarville, said during Wednesday’s quarterly session of the Herkimer County Legislature. “There will be lots of children’s games and crafts, as well as animals, hay rides, music, antique tractors and raffles. It’s going to be a good time.”
The free event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Raycliff Farm, 795 Snells Bush Rd.
“It’s a fun event that I had the pleasure to attend last year and I hope to attend again this year,” said Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono, R - Schuyler. “It’s a good showcase for Herkimer County.”
This year’s Family Day at the Farm will include a mix of classic favorites and new attractions, Manheim Town Supervisor John Haughton said last week, including a range of hands-on activities and demonstrations centered on agriculture. The event, he said, will take place rain or shine.
“There is going to be a lot for people to see and do,” said Haughton. “I hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunity because more and more people are removed from life on the farm.”
The Herkimer County Dairy Princess will be in attendance to serve free ice cream and yogurt, donated by Chobani, while supplies last. Food will also be available for purchase.
“The whole family can come and learn about agriculture and life on the farm,” said Peplinski.
Haughton said while organizers hope to draw from surrounding communities, Family Day at the Farm also should prove interesting to local residents who may not have direct times to farming.
“It’s a day to help people understand agriculture a little better,” he said.
Other scheduled activities include vendor displays, youth organization presentations, a milking contest between area lawmakers and other well-known residents and faux cow milking for children.