OTISVILLE, N.Y. — On Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County (CCEOC) will be holding its fifth annual Bountiful Harvest Celebration. The celebration will feature an evening of good old-fashioned fun at CCEOC’s Education Center and 4-H Park in Otisville. Festivities will include carriage rides, a sumptuous farm-to-table dinner from locally sourced favorites prepared by Chef Shawn Hubbell of Goshen, and the highlight event – a celebrity cow milking contest. All proceeds from the event will support the continued development of the Education Center & 4-H Park located at 300 Finchville Turnpike, Otisville, New York. When completed, the site will be a regional state-of-the-art education, exhibition and outreach facility, geared toward human development opportunities and cutting edge agricultural programs.
As part of the autumn evening celebration, local celebrity cow milkers representing healthcare facilities of Orange County will compete against one another in a friendly cow milking challenge. The celebrities will have two minutes to show off their talent in hand milking a cow. All four celebrities are also collecting donations for CCEOC in a friendly “wagering” of pledges that accompany the contest. Celebrity milkers include: Rose Baczewski of Orange Regional Medical Center, Joan Cusack-McGuirk of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Linda Muller of Cornerstone Healthcare and Anne Nolon of Hudson River Healthcare. As we get closer to the event, the competition for whom will bring in the most pledges increases tremendously as well as hype for whom will have the most milk in their milk bucket. Chris Van Aken, of Van Aken Dairy, in New Hampton, NY, will provide the celebrity cows for milking, as well as milking lessons to the contestants prior to the event.
“The goal of our unique fundraising event is to get the Orange County community involved with local agriculture and to educate local residents about the numerous types of farming; all of which are taking place in their own back yards. We are delighted to have Chef Shawn Hubbell prepare the sumptuous farm-to-table dinner with local and healthy products!
This year we are ecstatic to partner with local healthcare facilities to promote healthy, wholesome living!” said Lucy Joyce, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County.
This year, the planning committee for the Bountiful Harvest Celebration is chaired by Patricia Reineke and Andrea Nilon. In addition, First Federal Savings of Middletown serves as a Blue Ribbon sponsor of the Bountiful Harvest Celebration for 2019.
Please note that tickets are required for this event. To learn more about this event and purchase your tickets, schedule a tour, or to pledge financial support for one of the celebrity cow milkers, visit www.cceorangecounty.org, by phone at 845-344-1234 or contact Jill Van Aken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension and its partnerships provide programs for Orange County residents on youth and family development; nutrition, health, and food safety; community and economic vitality; and agricultural sustainability through Cornell based research. Committed to Orange County, we design programs to meet local needs to enable people to improve their lives and communities. For more information call Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County at 845-344-1234 or visit our website at www.cceorangecounty.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
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