SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — “The First ever Seneca County Farm Bureau two-day Grains and Planes was an incredible success,” said Jeff Kostick, owner of the Cayuga Lake Creamery in Interlaken. The Creamery provided the ice cream and Wagner Vineyards, in Lodi, donated a keg of Great Root Beer to create free Seneca County Root Beer Floats for all to enjoy ‘at the farm.’
“We talked about bringing a varied farm experience that families from the very young to senior citizens can enjoy,” said Ann Heizmann, “so Seneca County Farm Bureau combined fun and education and the people came to the farm.” Heizmann is vice president of the County Farm Bureau and the owner of Meadville Farm Pumpkin Patch where the two-day event was held on September 26 and 27.
Hundreds of families came to the farm to see the huge farm implements and learn about how they work to provide food. The Combine-shape Bounce House, sponsored by Monroe Tractor, was a favorite attraction. Cornell Cooperative Extension gave cooking demonstrations and 4-H volunteers did storytelling complete with tastes of maple syrup and a visit from a local beekeeper.
The Alpacas brought to the event by Cabin View Alpacas, in Trumansburg, were a hit with children and adults. The two young male Alpacas smiled for the camera. The Petting Zoo was a favorite stop to see the calves, sheep, goats, and more.
The ‘Planes’ part of Grains and Planes was the Finger Lakes Air Pirates demonstrating their radio controlled model airplanes and drones in the air including one shaped like a lawn mower. The airfield bleachers were filled with attendees watching the aerobatics, dives, takeoffs and landings all controlled by people standing on the ground.
“Given the success this year we are already planning Grains and Planes for 2016,” said Carol Doolittle, promotion education chair for Seneca County Farm Bureau who sponsored the event.
—Seneca County Farm Bureau