COOPERSTOWN, NY —The 62nd annual Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show, a three-day event that brings together the area’s best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region, will take place Sunday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 14. More than 250 youth handlers and 750 animals will fill The Iroquois Farm Show Grounds located on County Highway 33 in Cooperstown for what will truly be a celebration of youth in agriculture and the continuation of a rural tradition in Central New York. Admission to the show grounds is free, and the public is welcome to attend.
The event tests the skills of youth handlers ages eight to eighteen who present animals (dairy cows, beef, swine, dairy goats, and sheep of various breeds) that they own, care for, and have prepared for competition. Since 1947 The Farmers’ Museum has collaborated with the Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program to produce the show, which is the second largest youth competition in New York State.
The Junior Livestock Show begins Sunday evening with a chicken barbecue by Miller’s Barbecue for the public and exhibitors at 5:30 p.m. The cost for the barbecue dinner is $8 per person. At 7:30 p.m., there will be an ice cream social, which is open to participants and the general public, free of charge.
On Monday, July 13, judging of animals and showmanship classes, which test the handler’s ability to present their fit and well-groomed animals in the way that best shows off their conformation, begins at 9:30 a.m. At 5:20 p.m. the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health will lead a discussion in ATV Safety and Hearing Safety. Following at 6:00 they will award prizes for the 20th annual FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ poster/slogan contest displayed in the visitor tent.
On Tuesday, July 14, judging begins at 9:00 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., the Grand Champions in the dairy, beef, dairy goat, sheep, and swine divisions will join the winners of the F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Trophy, The Farmers’ Museum Cup, and The Farmers’ Museum Dairy Goat Cup in a Parade of Champions.
The Junior Livestock Show is conducted in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension County 4-H educators and clubs throughout central New York. On-site services are provided by Leatherstocking Corp. Food services are provided by the Cooperstown American Legion Post 579. The show is sponsored in part by Bruce Hall Home Center, Stewart’s Shops and NBT Bank.
About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Registrar for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region, including barnyard activities for children; cheese-making, blacksmithing, and quilt-making workshops for families and adults; and technical workshops for farmers, both professional and amateur.
The Farmers’ Museum’s adjacent sister institution, the Fenimore Art Museum, is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. The museum also offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults and organizes and hosts nationally touring art and history exhibitions.
The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. From April 1 through May 12 and October 14 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org.
For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations Office
The Farmers’ Museum
P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1472 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org