Herkimer County Fair: Celebrating Rich Agricultural History

By Julia Rose

Published 08/14 2014 06:22PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:24PM

The Herkimer County Fair is about so much more than just fun and games, it has a rich agricultural history. Farmers come from across the county to showcase their best animals and they prepare all year long for the event.

Since 1958 the fair has been a summer celebration of the area's rich agriculture. Over the years the fair has grown with rides and other attractions but the agricultural roots still ring out loud and proud.

"I think people come for the rides and the food and all that but I think for the most part people want to see the animals, they're so far removed from the farm life, from the country now,” says local dairy farmer Robin Simmons.

Throughout the week farmers from across the county show their animals in livestock competitions. Farmers say they prepare all year for the fair and it's their chance to show the community their hard work.

"It means a lot to us little farmers who come down here and spend time with just our families and show off all of the hard work we've done for the year just to breed these great cows,” said dairy farmer Chad Collins.

Collins’ family owns a dairy farm in Cedarville. He says the competition is fierce and the judges look at all parts of the cows; but competition aside, area farmers say the fair is a time to celebrate the rich farming heritage of the Mohawk Valley.

"This is Upstate New York, it is farm communities, there isn't as many as there used to be but this is what it's all about,” said Simmons.

When the animals aren't being shown in the arena, they're resting in the Cattle Palace where people can come admire and even pet some of the animals.

The Herkimer County fair is going on until Sunday.

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