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Erie County legislators present proclamations at festival

CROWNING GLORY — Pictured, from left: Erie County Legislator John Mills, Dairy Princess Nicole Achtyl, Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo, Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito and princess runner-up Elizabeth Kron.
SPRINGVILLE — Erie County legislators John Mills and Joseph Lorigo attended the Erie County dairy princess crowning ceremony, held on May 31, the first day of the WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival in Springville.

The legislators presented a proclamation to this year’s dairy princess, Nicole Achtyl, 18, the daughter of Scott and Linda Achtyl of North Collins.

Nicole Achtyl is heading into her sophomore year at Morrisville State College, where she is majoring in dairy science. She also plays soccer and basketball and rides horses.

The 2013 dairy princess owns 11 cows and is employed on a dairy farm.

Legislators Joseph Lorigo and John Mills

“Whereas Nicole Achtyl will serve as a cheerleader of the dairy industry and her duties will include educating the public on the importance of dairy in their lives, by working in classrooms with children learning about ‘three every day’ of dairy products, representing the dairy industry at dairy cattle shows, handing out dairy samples at festivals and events and participating in parades ... be it resolved that this legislative body pause, in its deliberations, to acknowledge Nicole Achtyl being named the 2013 Erie County dairy princess.”

This proclamation was adopted on June 6, during a regular session of the Erie County Legislature.

Achtyl’s runner-up was Elizabeth Kron.

Mills and Lorigo also presented a resolution, regarding the WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival, as a whole.

The Springville event began in 1989, through the efforts of Harland and Jane Kester. “The WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival has brought together members of the community for activities that are both farm-related and fun-related, creating an event filled with family fun, farm education and wonderful memories,” the second proclamation read.

The legislators also acknowledged the festival planners’ efforts to provide the community with amusement rides, games, food, live music, a parade, fireworks, contests, live animals, trade and craft shows and more, for their entertainment.

They commended the event organizers for adding new events, such as a square dance and Civil War encampment, during the festival’s 25th anniversary year.

“Be it resolved that this legislative body pause, in its deliberations, to congratulate all who have been instrumental in the success of the WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival, during [the] last 25 years,” the resolution read.

The Springville event ran from May 31 – June 1, with the chosen theme of “Promoting Healthy Lifestyles.”

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