In a change from previous years, the Central New York (CNY) Farm Progress Show will be held on a mid-September weekend. Due to request to show organizers, the popular expo, hosted by Len-Lo Farms in Mohawk, has been moved to a Friday and Saturday time instead of the mid-week dates of Wednesday-Thursday from last year.
A nonprofit organization, the CNY Farm Progress Show sends excess funds generated by the show toward fund youth scholarships and educational programs.
The show, in its 40th year, is scheduled to feature approximately 120 exhibitors from all corners of the agricultural community, and organizers expect 10,000 attendees this year. The main show takes place over 10 acres, with more than 40 acres in use featuring field demonstrations and activities that include an antique tractor show, bale toss competition, contests such as biggest pumpkin, tallest corn and most attractive display, and presentation of the Herkimer County Dairy of Distinction Award.
As the organizers put the finishing touches on the show, Dick Presky, president of the CNY Farm Progress Show, stated the annual expo is growing in terms of vendors and show-goers.
“The Farm Show provides an essential service to the agricultural community, and the Farm Show Committee, a volunteer endeavor comprised of many hardworking individuals, is proud to provide this service for our friends and neighbors,” in a statement. “Of course, much of this success is due to the ongoing support of our long-time exhibitors and friends, plus the infusion of new products and services from our more recent vendors.”
Also, the CNY Farm Progress Show will sponsor the annual Bruce Field Agriculture Award presentation. The award honors a graduating senior boy and girl who reside in Herkimer County to be used to further their education in agriculture. Each student is given $300.
The special distinction is named after Bruce Field who was a past agriculture extension agent of the Herkimer/Oneida County Dairy Team.
“He was always willing to pass on his agricultural knowledge to anyone who listened and was interested in the youth of our area feeling ‘they are the future of agriculture,'” show organizers said on its website.
Show times for the two-day show are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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