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The Telegram
  • All about fun at Family Day at the Farm

  • Families turned out for fun at the Herkimer County Family Day at the Farm on Saturday.

    “We want kids to know there’s more to it than video games and give them a taste of some old-fashioned fun,” said Ray Hulten, who organized the event with his partner, Judy Mijares, who run RayCliff Farm on Snells Bush Road in the town of Manheim.

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  • Families turned out for fun at the Herkimer County Family Day at the Farm on Saturday.
    “We want kids to know there’s more to it than video games and give them a taste of some old-fashioned fun,” said Ray Hulten, who organized the event with his partner, Judy Mijares, who run RayCliff Farm on Snells Bush Road in the town of Manheim.
    Hulten and Mijares first opened their farm to visitors for a farm day event four years ago. Since then, Hulten said the town of Manheim and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County have joined them to help organize the event.
    The animals were among the main attraction for visitors.
    Jenna Macri, of Herkimer, attended with her son, Brian, and daughter, Ava.
    “We wanted to see the animals,” she said. “We like the farm.”
    Brian — just shy of age 2 — got to sit up close with rabbits including a large one named Cupcake.
    “They love the animals,” said Jessica Hozanovic, of Utica, who attended the event with her three children — Eva, Eron and Eli. “It’s amazing. I’m surprised. There’s a lot of stuff to do.”
    Besides rabbits, there were plenty of animals for visitors to see, including oxen, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas and roosters Henny and Penny from Inghams Mill Farm. There was also a farrier demonstration — or a demonstration on how a horseshoe is put on a horse’s hoof.
    The day’s events started with a blessing and a rendition of the national anthem. There were children’s games including pedal tractor races, spoon and egg races, sack races, a bale toss and a tug of war. There were also horse-drawn hay rides, children’s crafts, face painting, live music, a cow milking contest, an auction, an antique tractor parade and raffle drawings.
    The Herkimer County Dairy Queen promoted dairy products by handing out ice cream and cheese. There were agricultural and food vendors, as well as youth groups such as 4-H and FFA. There was also fire prevention from the town of Manheim. County agencies included Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Soil and Water District, BOCES criminal justice students and the sheriff’s department.
    Charlene and Thomas Mower, of Little Falls, attended the event with their grandson, Justin Mower, of Herkimer. Justin took part in some of the contests, including the sack races.
    “She’d seen it in the newspaper,” said Thomas Mower, about his wife. “We figured we’d come out.”
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