Ed Cosh, of New Berlin, attended the 38th Central New York Farm Progress Show on Wednesday along with friend and neighbor Dave Thomsen.
“We’re retired. We can buy the toys now,” said Cosh with a laugh, as he looked at a hay tedder with Thomsen.
Cosh said they worked as farmers for about 40 years, but still enjoy going to the show every year.
“It’s a nice show. It’s our size,” he said. “We go to the Empire Farm Days [in Seneca Falls] and it’s got huge equipment. It would take two days to see everything. Out here we can check this all out in one day.”
The farm show opened its gates Wednesday for its annual two-day event, offering products and services relevant to all aspects of the agricultural community. The main show takes place over approximately 10 acres at Len-Lo Farms on Robinson Road, with over 40 acres in use for field demonstrations and fun activities such as an antique tractor show and bale toss contest. The show attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 people each year.
“It’s going great,” said Dick Presky, show president, during an interview Wednesday morning. “The crowd is larger now than it was this time last year.”
Presky said about 106 exhibitors were set up for this year’s show, about a 10 percent increase from last year. He said exhibitors included farm service associations, colleges, building contractors, bank agencies and insurance companies.
Among the exhibitors were representatives of the Herkimer County Dairy Promotion, where Jessica Hula-Fredericks served maple syrup milk to visitors. There were also a soil demonstration from the Farm Service Agency and a display of feeds for cattle. Presky noted one of the newer pieces of equipment on display was a robotic milking system.
An ice cream social was part of Wednesday’s event, along with a bale toss competition and skid steer rodeo. There was also live entertainment from noon to 2 p.m. There were several food stands open, including a Brooks Barbecue stand.
Another bale toss competition is scheduled for Thursday, starting at 11 a.m., and live entertainment is scheduled to start at noon.
Presky also mentioned this year they are having a largest pumpkin and tallest corn contest. Those who want to compete may bring their item into the large pavilion where it will be measured.
Temperatures reached into the 90s on Wednesday, which was unusual for recurring visitors at the farm show, who normally wear gloves and a jacket. Weather forecasters predicted thunderstorms for Thursday, but for temperatures to reach a high in the 70s.
Also visiting the farm show Wednesday were Bob and Janice Entwistle, of Entwistle Brothers Farm in Litchfield.
Page 2 of 2 - “We are farmers and we like to look at the new machinery,” said Janice Entwistle, who was looking at a John Deere Gator. She said a machine like that can help her transport sweet corn from the field to the stand where they sell their produce.
Entwistle added on why they like to visit the show every year, “We like to visit with the local farmers.”