I’ve been hearing buzz about several agricultural events coming up this spring and summer. What events should I look out for?

Now that the weather has broken and the school year is coming to an end, there are several opportunities for families to get out on the farm and learn about our local agricultural industries. Here are a couple events coming up:

n The Jefferson County Dairyland Festival and Parade will kick off June dairy month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown. The Jefferson County Agriculture Promotion Board, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Jay Matteson of Jefferson County Economic Development coordinated the event, with the theme “Agriculture MOOOVING America.”

The festival is for preschool and elementary age children and will include samples of dairy products, demonstrations and activities, petting zoo and agricultural technology. Many local products will be available to sample, including maple syrup, cheese, butter and ice cream. Food will be available for purchase throughout the event.

The Dairyland Parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School and travel down Washington Street ending at the Dulles State Office Building where the Jefferson County Dairy Princess Court will be serving a giant ice cream sundae to all who attend. The event is free.

n Day on the Farm will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 at Murrock Farms. Participants can take guided tours of the dairy farm, sample dairy products and enjoy the family fun center. They also can see young cows and adult milking cows and their robotic milkers, and learn about what the animals eat and how they are cared for. The event is free.

Answered by Alyssa Couse, agriculture outreach educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. Contact her at 315-788-8450 or amc557@cornell.edu.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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