Farming Magazine - February, 2014

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT NEW YORK FARM SHOW

Agricultural Youth

"The young people are the future of the agricultural industry, and New York Farm Show supports them in their efforts of promotion and fundraising," said Grigor. "The youth organizations play a major role in the success of our show," he added.

The 29th annual New York Farm Show will involve young people from 4-H, FFA and the Morrisville State College Agricultural Engineering Club. Members of the Oneida County 4-H Teen Council will greet you as you enter the show, collecting your ticket and offering you a show program. "These outstanding young adults have been involved for many years and are true professionals," said Grigor. The 4-H will be selling hitch pins at the entrances as a fundraiser. The pins are $5 each or five pins for $20. The FFA and FFA Alumni conduct the Friday night toy auction. The auction is organized by the FFA Alumni, and members of the FFA state officer team assist with the auction. "The auction has been a good fundraiser for the FFA over the years," said Grigor. The Stockbridge Valley FFA will be selling maple syrup and maple products that its members produced, as well as milk and ice cream in the dairy building. The Morrisville State College Agricultural Engineering Club assists with equipment cleaning during show setup. "These individuals work very hard and provide an excellent service to New York Farm Show," Grigor said.

These young people gain excellent exposure to the agricultural industry. "It's the premier indoor farm show in the Northeast and an opportunity to showcase the agricultural youth with pride," Grigor said.

"As we look back at the past 29 years, all of the youth organizations have impacted the success of the show. They bring an added energy and excitement to the show. As the manager, I am truly grateful for their participation," Grigor added.

The Robert Watson Memorial Toy Auction will be held on February 21 at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Art & Home building. Over 200 farm toys will be sold to the highest bidder, with all of the proceeds to benefit the New York FFA.