MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — A popular feature of most fairs is the opportunity for children and adults alike to be able to see farm animals up close and to learn more about daily life on a farm and the different industries associated with agriculture. ‘Eggbert’ was originally debuted at the New York State Fair in 1953 and was ‘crowned’ by Governor Dewey, as he was modeled to his likeness. The inventor of Eggbert – Dr. Bob Baker was a Professor at Cornell University and worked tirelessly to promote New York’s poultry industry.
Eggbert was acquired by Jack Devitt of Devitt’s Nursery in New Windsor from Cornell University in the early 1970’s to promote his Christmas on the farm exhibit. Many Orange County locals can recall visiting Eggbert as a yearly holiday tradition but few know that he began as a way to educate kids on poultry and eggs.
Originally Eggbert was to watch over the poultry exhibit at the New York State Fair and used to talk and answer questions about egg production. Eggbert’s twin (also called Eggbert) was unable to communicate for the past couple of years but has been recently repaired by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County and will be featured at the upcoming 4-H Fair and Family Festival.
This rare older version of Eggbert will be at all three days of the 4-H Fair and Family Festival from Friday, July 26th through Sunday, July 28th at the Education Center and 4-H Park located at 300 Finchville Turnpike in Otisville, NY. The hours for this event are Friday, July 26th from 3-10 PM, Saturday, July 27th from 9 AM — 10 PM and Sunday, July 28th from 9 AM – 3 PM.
There is no admission fee to the 4-H Fair and Family Festival and most activities are free, including the opportunity to meet Eggbert. Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County is excited to have Eggbert to help educate and get kids excited about agriculture!
Some of our other activities will include Old Mac’s Farm, 4-H Sheep, Dairy Cow, Goat, Horse and Rabbit Shows, Dog Events, Tie Dying, a Craft Corner, 4-H Projects, Family Games and SO much more! Our Educators and Volunteers at CCEOC are working hard and looking forward to bringing this FREE 4-H Fair and Family Festival to Orange County! If you would like additional information on this event, please call our office at 845-344-1234.
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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