The Erie County Fair, in partnership with Milk for Health, will honor WNY’s Dairy Farmer of the Year during Dairy Day at the Erie County Fair this August. The newly established Dairy Day will be Thursday, August 11th and will have a variety of activities that will showcase dairy farming and products.
“Growing up on a dairy farm I completely understand the work that dairy farmers do each and every day. They are an important part of our communities and are the backbone of our nation. We are proud to offer the new Dairy Farmer of the Year recognition and to be able to celebrate an all new Dairy Day at the Erie County Fair,” said Jessica Underberg, CEO and Fair Manager.
The WNY Dairy Farmer of the Year designation will recognize both established and newer Western New York dairy farmers who exhibit outstanding management of their dairy farm business and provide leadership in the WNY dairy industry and/or their community.
According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York is the nation’s fourth largest dairy state. Dairy farmers are a dedicated part of the agriculture workforce. Their cows must be milked multiple times a day, 365 days a year.
“Milk for Health has the privilege of representing and working alongside the amazing dairy farmers here in Western New York” said Bethany Hobin, Executive Director of Milk for Health. “ We are honored to showcase and award these hard working people that keep the dairy industry in our area alive and well.”
Distinctions will be awarded to farms owned for 26-50 years, 11-25 years and 10 years or less. The winning nominees will receive this award at a special ceremony at the Erie County Fair on Dairy Day.
To nominate a dairy farmer from any of the 8 counties of Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany), visit www.ECFair.org and complete the application form. Forms must be submitted by July 15th to be considered. A complete listing of activities and events for Dairy Day can be found under the Special Days and Events tab on the website.
About the Erie County Fair
The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The Erie County Fair will be held August 10th-21st, 2022.