Saturday’s overcast sky and rain was unable to put a damper on the third annual Herkimer County Family Day at the Farm, despite the cancellation of the antique tractor parade.
“Maybe next year we will be able to have the tractor parade, because I believe it will be something people will enjoy,” Manheim Town Supervisor John Haughton said during Tuesday evening’s council meeting. “But you can’t count on the weather, all you can do is hope for the best.”
Haughton, a member of the event’s planning committee, said despite the weather Family Day at the Farm again drew a good sized crowd to Raycliff Farm, all eager to learn more about agri-business in and around Herkimer County and enjoy old-fashioned fun activities for the whole family.
“The children’s activities that were added seemed to be a big hit, from the fake cow children could milk to the corn box they could play in,” he said. “The families that came really enjoyed themselves.”
Councilman Peter Jaikin, also a member of the event’s planning committee, said he believed the animal exhibits, auction, pedal tractor races and sack races were among this year’s favorites.
“And the tug-of-war, that was something people also really seemed to like,” he said. “It was a shame about the parade though, because there were some nice antique tractors there this year.”
Haughton said the organizers will meet to review this year’s event and to begin looking to next year.
“A lot of activities were added to this year’s Farm Day and I’m sure there are even more events that can be added next year,” he said. “The committee always looks to add more activities for children.”
Manheim Highway Superintendent Carl Stallman, also a member of the event’s planning committee, joined Haughton in thanking all of the volunteers and sponsors that made the event possible.
“Hopefully next year there will be more vendors, because it’s a good showcase for businesses,” said Stallman. “That’s one of the areas where Farm Day can improve, the number of vendors.”
Haughton said increased involvement from Herkimer County may also add to next year’s event.
“Speaking to a number of officials that were there, the county pledged to become more actively involved in Family Day at the Farm, which will only improve upon what we already have,” he said. “There’s no reason the event can’t continue to grow and become an even bigger success.”