This is a family-oriented festival, taking place rain or shine, offering hands-on activities and new experiences for all ages. It is a free public event hosted by Columbia-Greene Community College and is a 4-H 90th Anniversary Event.
Ag Day provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. It is a time for individuals and families to learn more about their neighbors – the farms and farmers who are providing a large economic and tourism base for our counties. And, this year we are also recognizing the 90th anniversary of the beginning of the 4-H program in Columbia and Greene Counties.
4-H clubs from all corners of our twin counties will be there with their project animals – dairy calves, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry and even piglets! The 4-H members will be happy to share all they know about raising their favorite animal species. Other 4-H clubs will have exhibits and hands-on activities for kids to participate in.
Cooperative Extension educators are bringing an array of agriculture-related booths. Learn about worm composting, soil composition, creating healthy snacks from local produce, making smoothies to extend the life of some of that produce, and what it takes to grow shiitake mushrooms. Bring your questions for the Master Gardener Answer Booth and learn from our regional ag team the impact agriculture has in this area.
Columbia-Greene Community College will share information about admissions and their current agricultural offerings, both in accredited courses and public outreach. Their Conservation Club and Animal Advocacy Club will be there, as well. Refreshments will be offered by the college’s Athletic Department.
Community partners and vendors will provide items to purchase that are locally grown and/or made. Some of the things you will be able to taste and purchase include items made from alpaca fiber, savory sauces and mustards, granola and nut crunches, and honey!
Our stage will be busy all day long, beginning with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30, followed by our state legislator/4-H teen smoothie challenge and then a 4-H Fashion Show and 4-H Public Presentation Showcase. Throughout the day Nancy Carey Johnson, singer/songwriter from Vermont but previously from Millerton, NY and a past local 4-H volunteer, will share her music. Her style ranges from Folky/Country/Blues to Folk-Rock.
We look forward to a great day celebrating our local agricultural heritage and the impact 4-H has had over the past 90 years. Please join us. For more information contact Dr. Joseph Watson at 518-828-4181x3364/ firstname.lastname@example.org OR Linda Tripp at 518-318-1193/ Lke2@cornell.edu.
Columbia-Greene Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534