Fulton County Day on the Farm today

JOHNSTOWN – The seventh annual Fulton County Day on the Farm agricultural festival will be held noon to 4 p.m. today at Rogers Family Orchards, 260 County Highway 131, just west of the city of Johnstown.

Entrance and parking are free, and everyone will get a free ice cream cone and a chance to climb a hay mountain.

Participants can experience horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides.

“We’re trying to represent the ag business and how important farmers are to people,” said Todd Rogers, owner of the orchards.

People may pick their own apples or choose from a variety of already picked apples, pumpkins and vegetables. Cider, honey and maple products can be purchased. Foods will be available from vendors.

Exhibitors will showcase oxen, dairy and beef cattle, horses, alpacas, rabbits, poultry and other farm animals.

Area producers of Christmas trees, ornamental nursery stock, bedding plants, fruits, vegetables and fall flowers will display their products.

Farm equipment from times past and modern farming technologies will be exhibited. Sharon Springs Garage will display Kubota equipment and Hudson River Tractor of Fultonville will exhibit John Deere products.

Rogers said 4,000 to 5,000 people participated last year and he expects an even better turnout this year.

“This particular event seems to get bigger and bigger every year,” he said. “We’re rockin’ and rollin’.”

Rogers anticipates about 75 gallons of ice cream will be given out courtesy of Stewart’s Shops, his orchard and other sponsors.

He said the event is handicapped accessible and is aimed at allowing even families of modest means to enjoy the day. “These days, not too many things are free,” he added.

Other sponsors of the event are the Soil and Water Conservation District, the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the state Farm Bureau.

The Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Company will handle parking.

More information is available from Rogers at 762-8736 or [email protected].

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