There’s a farming revival and a “farm-to-table” movement going on in Putnam County. From young novices to older second-career enthusiasts, more and more people are becoming involved and growing the fruits, herbs and vegetables now found in our local Farmers’ Markets.
The 4-H Fair not only highlights the relation of our “rural” heritage to our modern suburban lives, but also attracts city visitors to what may be their closest contact with “the other way of life”. The goal is to bring these folks back to our local shops and eateries for subsequent visits, and to that end the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Putnam County Tourism and our friends at Metro North are promoting the 4-H Fair along with other events and programs throughout the year, such as the Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel.
County Fairs are important attractions throughout New York State, and Putnam would do well to continue to grow our Fair in a similar fashion to our neighbors. Dutchess County, for example, boasts a Fair that is one of the largest in all of New York State. While that is not likely to happen in Putnam given our much smaller agricultural base, we may be able to find other facets of community life that would complement the Fair’s offerings and attract stronger support from the rest of the business community.
The 45th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair will be held Friday, July 29, 2016 from 12-6PM, Saturday July 30 from 10-7PM, and Sunday July 31 from 10-5. Admission is free, with free parking and shuttle bus services from Brewster and Carmel. There’s antique farm equipment, local musicians and dancers, exhibits, demos, Civil and Revolutionary War encampments, “Touch-a-Truck”, pet shows, a chicken barbecue, horse demos, a fishing contest, plants and tools for sale, theater and more! For more information visit http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/putnam-county-fair .
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce