Family Day at Raycliff Farm

bCE-MR-2-Raycliff Farm2y Al Dorantes

It was a typical, grey, Central New York day with cloud-dotted skies in late August when people gathered for Family Day at Raycliff Farm. Raycliff Farm is located on Snellsbush Road in eastern Little Falls. Raycliff Farms is a Quarter Horse farm founded in 1964. Judy Mijares and Ray Hutten opened their farm for the 5th year for Family Day at Raycliff Farm. Judy explained that Family Day at Raycliff Farm was sponsored by: the Town of Manheim, Herkimer County Dairy Promotion, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water, and the Farm Bureau. She said, “The idea is to give folks an idea about agribusiness, old fashioned fun (bale toss and egg and spoon race), and expose people to farm life.” [Read more…]

From the Miss Milk Maid Contest to the Dairy Princess Coronation

CEWM-MR-3-DairyPrincess3by Steve Wagner

A former Miss Milk Maid contestant from 1958 was present at the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. She participated in the content when she was a junior at Penn State. Like many of the former dairy princesses in attendance, she had a lot to say about talk about the old days. Everything was less back when she vied for the title of Miss Milk Maid — fewer contestants, fewer prizes, less money and fewer competitive aspects. These were girls, after all, and girls were expected to be secretaries, librarians or homemakers. Agriculture and marketing were not considered viable career paths for women. [Read more…]

It’s all in the numbers: highest attendance ever at Big E

CN-MR-2-AttendanceBigE2by Laura Rodley

In its 98th year, attendance at the Big E this year broke all previous attendance records, with a final tally of 1,498, 605 people. On Saturday, Sept. 27 alone, 170,612 people attended the fair in Springfield MA — the highest attendance ever recorded on a single day, according to Catherine Pappas, communications manager. Other attendance records at the fair were broken as well, with opening day reaching 71, 019 attendees, 89,068 on the second Wednesday and 95,866 on the last Friday. [Read more…]

The Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit

CW-MR-2-TacticalMount554by Bill and Mary Weaver

A tall, well-trained horse on police patrol can command respect, maneuver in dense conditions and control crowds in ways not possible without the use of the horse. Careful, thorough training is necessary, however, before a horse can be faced with potentially volatile situations. How the Pennsylvania State Police accomplish that training is interesting and instructive. [Read more…]