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NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum to host Invitational Camporee for Scouts and their Families

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— The Otschodela Council BSA Troop 1254, Venture Crew 101, The New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum are pleased to invite Scouts, Scouters and their families to the Cooperstown Invitational Camporee 2009 which will take place at Iroquois Farm on River Road in Cooperstown from Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23.

The weekend will include activities such as camping at historic Iroquois Farm; campfires and a gateway competition
; passes to The Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
; tours of Native American interpretive sites; 19th-Century “mustering”
; town ball by the lake; basket weaving and flint napping.

A cost of $12 per participant will cover the camp fee, entrance fee, admission to all 3 museums, and a commemorative scout patch.  (1 adult is admitted free with every 10 paid scouts). Restrooms, firewood, and water will be located on site.    


Space may be limited.  For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact
 Karen Wyckoff at 607-547-1410 or e-mail k.wyckoff@nysha.org.

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 Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, 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, and 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.
 The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, 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 11 and October 13 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.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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WINNERS OF THE 62ND ANNUAL JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW ANNOUNCED

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COOPERSTOWN, NY,— Top honors at the 62nd annual Junior Livestock Show went to young handlers from Chenango, Schoharie and Delaware Counties on Tuesday, July 14, during the show’s final event, the Parade of Champions. The show, sponsored by The Farmers’ Museum and conducted in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension, County 4-H Educators, and Clubs throughout central New York, brings together youth handlers from a nine-county area for three days of competition.
 
The top winners at the Junior Livestock Show bested close to 250 other exhibitors and their 600 animals. Earning The Farmers’ Museum Cup for Best of Show Dairy was Trevor Holdridge of Delaware County, who showed his Holstein, Spring Fed Logan Lea. The F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Cup for Best of Show in the beef, swine, and sheep categories was awarded to J.J. Goblet of Scoharie County showing his Southdown Ewe, Hessian Hill 158. The Farmers’ Museum Dairy Goat Cup for Best of Show Dairy Goat went to Kristie Abrams of Chenango County showing her Alpine, Willow Run Rutgar Starlite.
 
Dairy cattle Grand Champions were awarded in the Ayrshire division to Rachael Evans of Chenango County, who showed Sunny Acres Skittles Kin; in the Brown Swiss division to Simon Bruno of MadisonCounty who showed Sun Made Stursky Penelope; in the Guernsey division to Kristen Gallagher of Oneida County who showed Luckyvale Silverado Feisty; in the Holstein division to Trevor Holdridge of Otsego County, who showed Spring Fed Logan Lea; in the Jersey division to Kyle Kraham of OtsegoCounty who showed Lentsville Kays T op Korky and in the Milking Shorthorn division to Sean Galley, OtsegoCounty who showed Silver Spoon Cinthya.
 
In each of the livestock divisions, Supreme Animal awards went to Carly Poulin of Delaware County in the Swine category; to Ryan Kelley of Schoharie County in the Beef category; and to J.J. Goblet from Schoharie County in the Sheep category.
 
In the Best Bred and Owned division, the award in the Ayrshire category went to Rachel Evans of Chenango County with Sunny-Acres Skittles Kin; in the Brown Swiss category to Rosemary Post of Delaware County with Posthaven Jolt Firefly; in the Jersey category to Kyle Kraham of Otsego County with Lentsville Kays Top Korky; in the Holstein division to Tyler Nelson HuHHHHof  Herkimer County with Kel-Vista Durham Frankie; Milking Shorthorn category to Justin Merrill of Delaware County with Jerbie Jordan Hoot-Twin; Other Breeds category to Julieta Covert of Herkimer County with Darlin Bidwell Morgan.  In the Dairy Goat category to Kristi Abrams of Chanango County with Kritter Kountry L. Starbright.  In the Sheep category J.J. Goblet of Schoharie County with Hessian Hill 158, in the Swine Category Shannon Spargo of Schoharie County and in the Beef category Ryan Kelley of Schoharie County with Titan.
 
Showmanship Championships were earned by the following. In the Dairy division Grand Champion Showman was Lauren Olsen of Otsego County; Reserve Grand Champion Showman Trevor Holdridge of Delaware County. In the Dairy Goat division Grand Champion Showman Kassandra Abrams of Chenango County; Reserve Grand Champion Showman Brian Graham of Chenango County.  In the Sheep division Grand Champion Showman to J.J. Goblet of Schoharie County; Reserve Grand Champion Showman to Andrea Clark of Herkimer County. In the Beef division Grand Champion Showman to Sarah Hay of Schoharie County and Reserve Grand Champion Showman to Billy Chandler of Schoharie County and in the Swine division Grand Champion Showman to Shannon Spargo of Schoharie County and Reserve Grand Champion Showman to Matthew Spargo of Delaware County.
 
Other dairy award winners and their 4-H county affiliations include:
Supreme Junior Dairy Animal—Hunter Prokop, Schoharie County, with Crossbrokk Sultan Sarah; Ayrshire—Junior Champion: Haley Groat of Delaware County with Gold-N-Cali; Reserve Jr. Champion: Julia Bogardus of Schoharie County with Locust Spring Sherry Daquiri; Sr. Champion:  Rachel Evans, Chenango County, with Sunny-Acres Skittles Kin; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion:  Sarah Rathbun, Otsego County with Dutchayr Ambers.
 
Brown Swiss—Junior Champion:  Cody Sommers of Delaware County with Smokey Hillside Lead Emily; Reserve Jr. Champion: Sharla Woodrow of Otsego County with Sunny Acres Padre Dollar; Sr. Champion: Simon Bruno of Madison County with Sun Made Stursky Penelope; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Rose Post of Delaware County with Posthaven Jolt Firefly.
 
Guernsey—Junior Champion: Kristen Gallagher of Oneida County with Luckyvale Silverado Feisty.
 
Holstein—Junior Champion: Joseph Pamkowski of Montgomery County with Awesome-View Damion Alison; Reserve Junior Champion: Jacob Pamkowski of Montgomery County with Awesome-View Damion Perdie; Sr. Champion: Trevor Holdridge of Delaware County with Spring Fed Logan Lea; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Nicole Holdridge of Delaware County with Rama-Way Humdinger Roxy.
 
Jersey—Junior Champion: Hunter Prokop of Schoharie County with Crossbrook Sulton Sarah; Reserve Junior Champion: Hunter Prokop of Schoharie County with Knob-View Nevada Cameron; Sr. Champion: Kyle Kraham of Otsego County with Lentsville Kays Top Korky; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Kayla Stanton of Schoharie County with H.H. Action Miya.
 
Milking Shorthorn—Junior Champion:  Justin Merrill of Delaware County with Jerbie Lyman Come Hither; Reserve Junior Champion:  Sean Galley of Otsego County with Trinklecrest Shasta Shiny; Senior Champion: Sean Galley of Otsego County with Silver Spoon Cinthya; Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Tess Hitchock of Herkimer County with Zenobia Clay Faith.
 
 
Winners in the Dairy Goat division were as follows:
 
Best Junior Doe— Emma Groff of Oneida County with Woodside Farm Zena.
 
Best Udder, Dairy Goat – Kristie Abrams of Chenango County with Willow Run Rutgar Starlite.
 
Alpine—Junior Champion: Ryan Kelley, Schoharie County, with Hawk’s Hill Farm Ross Moonshine; Reserve Junior Champion:  Matthew Kelley of Schoharie County with Hawk’s Hill Farm Leia; Sr. Champion and Grand Champion: Kristie Abrams of Chenango County with Willow Run Rutger Starlite nd Reserve Sr. and Reserve Grand Champion: Kristie Abrams of Chenango County with Kritter Kountry RCM Moonshiner.
 
LaMancha—Junior Champion: Helen Powers of Otsego County with Silver Wolf Belle; Reserve Jr. Champion: Helen Powers of Otsego County with Silver Wolf Cleopatra-Cleo; Sr. Champion and Grand Champion: Victoria Opalka of Montgomery County with Secret Star Farm Union Alexandria; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion:  Benjamin Wivell of Oneida County with FourSMyles Magic Ben’s Nena.
 
Saanen—Junior Champion: Sara Billy, Madison County, Mint Meadows A-May-Zing Grace; Reserve Jr. Champion:  Kimberly Hribar of Otsego County with Kiddin U Not Feba; Sr. Champion and Grand Champion: Alexandria Opalka of Montgomery County with Cappa’s Pride Amazing Grace; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion and Best Udder: Martin Fisher of Herkimer County with Swamp-Hill Esther.
 
Toggenburg—Junior Champion: Emma Groff, Oneida County, with Woodside Farms Year; Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Alexandria Opalka of Montgomery County with Cappa’s Pride Amazing Grace; Reserve Senior Champion, Reserve Grand Champion: Victoria Opalka of Montgomery County with Cappa’s Pride Summer’s Breeze.
 
Nubian—Junior Champion: Kassandra Abrams of Chenango County, Kritter Kountry P Catalina; Reserve Jr. Champion: Emma Groff of Oneida County with Woodside Farms Zabby; Sr. Champion and Grand Champion: Kassandra Abrams of Chenango County with Kritter Kountry C. Country; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Kassandra Abrams of Chenango County with Kritter Kountry J. Catarina.
 
Oberhasli—Junior Champion:  Gretchen Badger of Schoharie County with Mountain Spring Cinnamon Bun; Reserve Junior Champion: Madelynn Badger of Schoharie County with Mountain Spring Autumn; Senior Champion:  Robert Opalka of Montgomery County with Haylin Lady Stetson; Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Robert Opalka of Montgomery County with The Stetson’s Star Lady Gem
 
Recorded Grade—Junior Champion: Mandy Brennan of Oneida County with Pien Tree Farm Sally; Reserve Jr. Champion: Joshua Douglas of Herkimer County with Kiddin U Not Kiera; Sr. Champion and Grand Champion: Evelyn Crumb of Madison County with Nobarn Farm Freedom; Reserve Sr. Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Martin Fisher of Herkimer County with Swamp Hill Tammy,
 
Nigerian Dwarf-Junior Champion: Evelyn Crumb of Madison County with Nobarn Farm Isabelle; Reserve Junior Champion: Zachary Wratten of Oneida County with MC-Jaiz Swiss Bell; Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Evelyn Crumb of Madison County with The Nobarn Farm Cookies Eva; Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Evelyn Crumb of Madison County with Nobarn Farm Isabelle.
 
 
Other Livestock awards were presented in the following categories:
 
Beef
Angus—Sarah Hay of Schoharie County.
Champion Beef Heifer—Sarah Hay of Schoharie County.
Champion Female Beef—Sarah Hay of Schoharie County.
Champion Steer—Ryan Kelley of Schoharie County.
Reserve Champion Steer—Matthew Kelley of Schoharie County.
Grade/Crossbred—Aaron Schubert of Delaware County.
Hereford—Megan Anderson of Delaware County.
Belted Galloway--- Toby Harmon of Otsego County.
Charolais -- Brendan Schubert of Delaware County.
Murray Gray -- Sara Orlowski of Fulton County.
Simmental—Nathan Hay of Schoharie County.
Shorthorn – Sarah Hay of Schoharie County.
White Park –Sarah Kokell of Otsego County.
 
Winners in the Sheep Division:
Champion Ram— J.J Goblet of Schoharie County.
Champion Ewe-J.J. Goblet of Schoharie County.
Cheviot—Shannon Spargo of Schoharie County.
Commercial—Schylar Reed of Herkimer County.
Hampshire-Joan Attanasio of Otsego County.
Natural Color—Hannah Parfitt of Madison County.
North Country Cheviot—Stephanie Williams of Oneida County.
Oxford—Andrea Clark of Herkimer County.
Shropshire –Melody Youngs of Otsego County.
Southdown—J.J. Goblet of Schoharie County.
Suffolk—Casey Holbert of Oneida County.
Tunis—Emily Belewich of Oneida County.
Best Fleece –Anna Greene of Otsego County
 
Swine
Yorkshire—Shannon Spargo of Schoharie County.
Crossbred— Shannon Spargo of Schoharie County.
Spot–Shannon Spargo of Schoharie County.
Large Black-Harry Scott of Schoharie County.
Berkshire: Jeffrey Weeks of Schoharie County
Champion Market Hog—Carly Poulin of Delaware County.
Reserve Champion Market Hog—Devon Constable of Delaware County.
 
The results of the Dairy Judging Contest that was held on Sunday, July 12th are as follows:
Junior Individual – First place to Kristen Gallagher of OneidaCounty, Second place to Cody Sears of Schoharie County; Third place to Shelby Creator of Herkimer County; fourth place to Clyde Sammons of Montgomery County; fifth place to Juliet Covert of Herkimer County; sixth place to Kayla Windecker of Herkimer County; seventh place to Chris DeSormeau of Schoharie County and eighth place to Dylan Hapeman of Herkimer County; ninth place to Peter Robinson of Chenango County; tenth place to Bryce Windecker of Herkimer County. 
 
Senior Individuals – Tied for First Place to Eric Wordenof Oneida County and Zachary Taylor of Madison County; Second place to Megan Vaile of Oneida County; Third place to Jake Pamkowski of Montgomery County; fourth place to Brian Baldwin of Oneida County; fifth place to Heidi VanLieshout of Oneida County; sixth place to Cody Knowlton of Montgomery County; seventh place to Kassie Abrams of Chenango County and eighth place to Karen Manley of Madison County; ninth place to Hillary Creater of Herkimer County; and tenth place to Sara Rathbun of Otsego County. 
 
The Farmers’ Museum would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their sponsorship of the following awards: Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Barbara and Robert Kersman; Grand Champion Jersey In memory of Howard Curry Ainslie by Friends and Family; Grand Champion Holstein: The OHM Holstein Club; Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Brandow’s IBA, Inc; Supreme Swine: Jane Forbes Clark; Supreme Beef: Hessian Hill Farms; Supreme Sheep: Drs. Lisa and William Johnson; Grand Champion Ayrshire: David Bliss; Grand Champion Guernsey: Annie and C. Harvey Bantham in memory of Clayton H. Bantham; Best Bred and Owned Holstein by Exhibitor: First Pioneer Farm Credit; Best Bred and Owned Ayrshire by Exhibitor: Brandow’s Feed n’ Seed, Inc.; Best Bred and Owned Brown Swiss by Exhibitor: Lester and JoAnne Tyler;  Best Bred and Owned Jersey by Exhibitor: Organic Valley/CROPP Cooerative; Best Bred and Owned Milking Shorthorn by Exhibitor: Rick & Rosemary  Aborn; Best Bred and Owned Dairy Goat by Exhibitor: Sherman Hill Farmstead, Linda Smith; Grand Champion Dairy Showman: Blue Seal Feeds; Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Showman:  B&L Dairy, Ben and Linda Byma; Grand Champion Dairy Goat Showman: Jim Rice; Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Goat Showman:  Susquehanna SPCA; Grand Champion Sheep Showman: SUNY Cobleskill; Grand Champion Beef Showman: Lutz Feed Company; Grand Champion Swine Showman: Katie Boardman; Supreme Junior Dairy Animal: Stamford Farmers’ Cooperative; Best Junior Doe: FourSmyles Farm; Best Udder, Dairy Goat: The Lesniak Family; Champion Beef Heifer: Arnold Schonberg; Champion Steer: The New York Beef Producers’ Association; Champion Ram: Kelley Farm & Garden, Inc.;  Champion Ewe: Kicken’ Country Clovers 4-H Club; Best Beef, Bred and Owned: Mosiedale Farm, Little Falls, Michael and Alice Mosher, Best Sheep, Bred and Owned: SUNY Cobleskill; Best Swine, Bred and Owned: SUNY Cobleskill; Best Fleece: Clarkshire Farm, The John and Pat Clark Family.
 
The Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show is sponsored in part by Stewarts, Bruce Hall Home Center and NBT Bank.
 
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Photo caption: The F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Cup for Best of Show in the beef, swine, and sheep categories was awarded to J.J. Goblet of Scoharie County showing his Southdown Ewe, Hessian Hill 158.  Also pictured (left to right): Keith Bryan, Sheep Judge, Manheim, PA; Regina Legatta, President for Institutional Advancement SUNY Cobleskill; and State Senator James L. Seward.

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The Farmers' Museum Recognized for Dedication and Service

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown was presented with the Community Partnership Award by Opportunities for Otsego Head Start at its annual Community Partnership and Appreciation Breakfast that took place June 2 at the Holiday Inn - Oneonta.

"For the past nine years, Opportunities for Otsego Head Start has enjoyed an ever expanding and evolving partnership with The Farmers' Museum, and this morning we are delighted to formally recognize those efforts and contributions to our programs," said Pat Levis, Education/Disabilities Supervisor for Opportunities for Otsego Head Start. The Museum was recognized for its  "extraordinary dedication and service to our children and families."

A collaboration between The Museum and Opportunities for Otsego Head Start culminated in classroom visits by The Farmers' Museum's education staff to all Otsego County Head Start locations and a "free day" at both The Farmers' Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum for all Head Start and Early Head Start children and their families, supported with funding from the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts and The Gorman Foundation.  "In May, more than 500 children and adults spent a beautiful spring day exploring all that the Museums have to offer - to the mutual and continuing benefit of all," Levis added.

"The Farmers' Museum is honored to receive this recognition and looks forward to continuing to serve the children, families, and staff of Opportunities for Otsego Head Start," said D. Stephen Elliott, President of NYSHA and The Farmers' Museum.

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Photo Caption:  (Left to right) Garet Livermore, Vice President of Education for the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum; Pat Levis, Education/Disabilities Supervisor for Opportunities for Otsego Head Start; and D. Stephen Elliott, President of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum are shown during the recent Head Start visit to the Museums in May.

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 Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, 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, and 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.
 The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, 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 11 and October 13 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.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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THE FARMERS’ MUSEUM CELEBRATES THE 62nd ANNUAL JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW ON JULY 12, 13, AND 14

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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.
 
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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: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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THE FARMERS’ MUSEUM TO CELELBRATE A GRAND-OLD FOURTH OF JULY

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— Participate in a patriotic and lively celebration of our nation’s independence on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10 am at The Farmers' Museum. This popular family-oriented event features a militia muster and drill, patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and children’s crafts in the Filer’s Corners Schoolhouse.

 
Visitors will explore our 1840s historic village, adorned with patriotic banners and bunting, and witness numerous ways of honoring our nation’s rich cultural history. Throughout the day, spirits will be buoyed by live patriotic music at the Cornwallville Church and Bump Tavern. At 1:00pm there is a special ceremony on the Tavern Green that includes a recitation of the Declaration of Independence, toasts to the original 13 colonies, and then a militia muster salute of 13 musket volleys, once for each colony.
The day also marks the re-opening of the newly renovated doctor's office. The office will feature a new exhibit that will help visitors learn what treatment options were available for common illnesses in the mid-19th-century and also answer many other questions.

 
Ongoing demonstrations, including blacksmithing, printing, and broom making, will take place throughout the day. Special highlight activities taking place at select times throughout the day include, rope making, carding wool, horse and wagon rides, a tour of The Empire State Carousel, followed by an organ concert.  A barbecue of hotdogs and hamburgers will be available.

 
Admission to the Independence Day celebration is $11 for adults,  $9.50 for seniors, $5 for juniors (age 7-12).  Children (age 6 and under) as well as members of the New York State Historical Association receive free admission.

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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 Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, 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, and 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.
 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 11 and October 13 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.

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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