4-H members serving at the milk bar

Members of the Country Cousins 4-H Club ready to serve

Members of the Udderly Impossibles 4-H Club show one of their heifers where her milk will go when she becomes a cow

Members of the Udderly Impossibles 4-H Club show one of their heifers where her milk will go when she becomes a cow

4-H Milk Bar is a Cool Stop at the Fair

When you find yourself thirsty and hungry during your visit to the Columbia County Fair (held in Chatham, NY), the 4-H Milk Bar is the place to be for some refreshing snacks. Local ingredients are used - ice cream from Dutchess County’s Sinon Farms and Hudson Valley Fresh milk. Hot fudge sundaes are a specialty – prepared with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and topped off by a cherry.

Besides sundaes, also offered are the famous 4-H shakes, made from your choice of ice cream, whole milk and flavoring. The fair special is “The Clover” – a mint chocolate chip shake topped off with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate and a cherry! If you want a lighter fare, choose a cone – strawberry, chocolate, coffee or vanilla.

Beverages are also served – bottled water and milk. Our old fashioned root beer float will be brought back by popular demand.

As we celebrate 90 years of 4-H in Columbia and Greene counties this year, join in the celebration by purchasing our commemorative 90th anniversary cup! It can be used to hold any of our products – shake, float or sundae. And, while you wait, please share a favorite 4-H Milk Bar or 4-H fair memory.

The 4-H Milk Bar is located near the Rt. 203 entrance to the fairgrounds, right across from Columbia Hall. It is run by adult and teen volunteers. It is the first opportunity some 4-H members have to experience a work environment where they interact with the public. The funds raised from this enterprise are used to support a variety of 4-H club programs including career awareness and citizenship trips, volunteer chaperones, and awards and recognition. Plus, the tips you leave for your eager 4-H servers go right back to their own community 4-H club!

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. The programs provided by this organization are partially funded by monies received from the Counties of Columbia and Greene.

4-H is New York’s only youth development program directly connected to the technological advances and the latest research at Cornell University. 4-H participants learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through hands-on projects in three primary program areas: science and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. To find out more about 4-H and youth programs in Columbia and Greene Counties, contact us at 518-828-3346 or Columbiagreene@cornell.edu or visit our website, www.ccecolumbiagreene.org . You can also “Like” us on Facebook…Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.


Linda Tripp
Issue Leader, 4-H Youth Development
(518) 828-3346 ext. 210

Last updated August 20, 2019