We had an opportunity to interact with consumers at the New York State Fair, and the NYFB team met the challenge!
We had 15 volunteers (several worked more than one shift) who covered three shifts per day for 13 days, totaling 156 hours of supervision of our booth in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fair.
Fortunately, we have some very special volunteers, including Dr. Al Wagner, from Tioga County, who was at the NYFB exhibit covered shifts for most days of the fair. Also, Christina Hudson, Onondaga County Farm Bureau board member, who helped to find the volunteers from the local area to fill booth shifts. Her talents as a key member of Hudson Egg Farm provided a level of expertise utilized to answer the many questions from booth visitors as she was at the exhibit almost every day. The “Chicken Chat” program sponsors included Giroux’s Poultry Farm, Hudson Egg Farm, Thomas Poultry Farm, and Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs.
We distributed thousands of NYFB Foundation Commodity Brochures covering many local products. We also provided Poultry Ag Mags, the new edition of the Foundation Ag Activity Books and Coloring Books, games and puzzles, provided question sheets, egg information and lessons, and a personal interaction with our many volunteers who answered many agricultural questions during the fair.
The NYS Fair offers a great opportunity to provide information and materials to many consumers. If you would like to be a part of this event in 2018, be sure to let us know. Our thanks to all who helped in so many ways to paint a picture of agriculture into the lives of so many consumers.
(Pictured is Christina Hudson, a volunteer from Onondaga County, wears the “Chicken Chat” hat proudly!)