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Family Farm Day planned at Deer River dairy operation

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DEER RIVER — A Family Farm Day featuring a variety of animals and activities will be held here next weekend.

“There is a lot for families to see,” said Peggy L. Murray, farm business management educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the James and Darcie Hancock farm at 3853 Deer River Road, just west of Route 26.

It is also home to Lewis County Dairy Princess Harley Hancock, who will be passing out free ice cream sundaes with other members of her court.

Along with dairy cattle, the farm features goats, chickens, horses and beef cows, and horse-and-wagon rides will be offered through a corn field path, Mrs. Murray said.

“It’s also an educational thing,” she said, noting Extension educators and veterinarians will be on hand to give demonstrations and explain how milk gets from the farm to the grocery shelves, she said.

The event will include several hands-on activities, including a children’s scavenger hunt in which goodie bags will be given to all participants.

Dairy products such as yogurt and cream cheese will be given away at the event, and children will be able to play in kiddie pools filled with corn kernels, cotton seed and oats, Mrs. Murray said.

Refreshments will also be offered, with all proceeds going to the Lewis County Junior Holstein Club.

While a similar event was held during the summer last year, Mrs. Murray said this year’s farm day was moved to the fall to better accommodate the schedules of area farmers, who are typically busier in the summer months.

“And it’s a pretty time of the year in Lewis County,” she said.

The change also allowed this year’s event to be included as a stop in the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce’s drive-it-yourself fall foliage tour.

Family Farm Day is being coordinated by the Lowville Extension office, Lewis County Farm Bureau and Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Several local businesses and industry supporters, including the Lewis County Dairy Industry Building Committee and the local Farm Bureau, are sponsoring the event.

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