MOOVING ALONG: Last year's Dairy-Ag Fest parade featured some spotted fun rolling along the route. This year's event start Friday, June 6 and will salute our farmers. Journal file photo
SPRINGVILLE—The 26th annual WNY Dairy /Agricultural Festival will be held June 6-8 and will provide family fun activities for people of all ages.
This year’s theme is “Thank You farmers,” which is meant to educate the public on the farmers and the food they produce and to give thanks for everything they do for the community.
“There are getting to be less and less farmers and we would be in really bad shape if we didn’t have any farmers and that is why we just wanted to say thank you farmers,” said Dairy Festival Chairman Joan Taylor.
The Dairy Fest will kick off on Friday, June 6 with many great events including a tractor lighting competition starting at 7 p.m. on the lawn across from the fire hall, live music in the music tent starting at 7 p.m. and the start of the Springville youth baseball tournament at 6 p.m. at the community park on North Buffalo Road. There will also be a Civil War encampment starting Friday and running into Saturday in Fiddler’s Green Park that will demonstrate army lifestyle including their campgrounds, blacksmithing, cooking and marching.
Saturday, June 7 will be another day packed full of great activities for the whole family. Starting at 10 a.m., the festival parade will start at the Springville-Griffith Institute Middle and Elementary schools and continue down Main Street. There will also be historic trolley tours and farm tours starting Saturday. The historic trolley tours will start at the Concord Mercantile and will be from noon-2 p.m. and 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. The farm tours will pick up at the corner of Franklin and North Buffalo Streets and showcase places like the robotic milkers at Blesy’s Dairy Farm, Wendel’s Maple Sugar House & Poultry Farm and Jake Miller’s Greenhouse andCountry Store. The tour will be from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Other events Saturday include the ducky derby in Spring Brook starting at 4 p.m., an ice cream eating contest at 1 p.m. at the Trading Post, a pizza eating contest in front of the Springville Post Office at 2 p.m., the Erie County Fair animal tent from noon-7 p.m., the new farmers market in Fiddler’s Green Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and continuing to Sunday from noon-5 p.m. and a firework show starting at 10:30 p.m., which can be viewed from the Springville municipal parking lot.
The Dairy Fest finishes up on Sunday, June 8 and will start off with the Show & Shine Car and Truck Show from noon- 4 p.m. Registration will be from 10 a.m.-noon at the Trading Post with trophies awarded at 3 p.m. Other Sunday events will include live demonstrations like blacksmithing, wood carving and wood spinning from the Concord Mercantile, a chicken barbeque starting at 11:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church and Pop Warner Museum from noon- 3 p.m. at the corner of Main and Franklin Street.
“We tried to look at ages and cater to everybody,” said Taylor. “We wanted to offer the public the chance to see what is nearby, what’s in our town and surrounding towns, what’s available and things like that.”
For more information and a complete list of events, visit wnydairyagfest.com.