99th Annual Heath Fair

CN-MR-41-4-Heath-fair-2697by Laura Rodley

Bleachers were packed full at the 99th Annual Heath Fair as Luke Inman held tight to the reins of the pair of Belgian draft horses, Rex and Rowdy, during the horse draw. They won to a resounding round of cheers, pulling the 8,000-pound stone boat 45 ½ inches. Bill Clark, Heath, MA resident and owner of Clark Logging and Lumber, own the pair. [Read more…]

Robert and Esther Allen: Keeping the tradition going

CN-RP-25-2-The-Allens1by Steve Taylor

CORNISH, NH – For 66 years running there have been Allens running the ox, horse and pony pulling competitions at the Cornish Fair. This year, Robert and Esther Allen were serving as judges and announcers in the pulling ring — just as they have for the past 25 years — and like Bob’s uncle and aunt, Wayne and Pauline Allen, did for the previous 41 years. [Read more…]

Woodbury FFA members win national awards

CN-RP-22-2-Woodbury-FFAAmy Pruner of Newtown, and Joshua Goldwag of Woodbury, members of the Woodbury FFA Chapter at the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Nonnewaug High School, were recently named National Finalists for the National FFA Proficiency Award Program. [Read more…]

4-H celebrates end of fair with Herdsman Award Ceremony

CW-MR-1-4H-celebratesby Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator

DUNKIRK, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development program celebrates the closing of each county fair with the Herdsman Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding youth. This year the ceremony was held on Saturday, July 30 at the Warren K. Brown Show Arena on the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. [Read more…]

Don’t let your guard down

CE-MN-MR-47-1-Open-manure1601by Sally Colby

A young dairy farmer turned on the agitator for an open-air manure pit just as he had likely done many times in the past. But this time was different. The air was still and a dense fog covered the area, holding the manure gasses close to the ground. With no air movement and steady inhalation of manure gasses emitted while agitating the pit, the man was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. He died, as did a group of cattle in the same area. [Read more…]