By Alicia Dziak
The 28th annual WNY Dairy/Ag Fest is here and better than ever! Join hundreds of festival-goers for a weekend of good, old-fashioned, family-friendly fun in the village of Springville, June 3-5.
This year’s festival boasts a theme of “Old Farm Path.” With old favorites such as the parade, the petting zoo and live music, combined with new components like a Civil War Encampment and a bigger selection of rides, the Dairy Fest is a great way to spend the first weekend in June.
Not sure where to start? How about with Friday’s festivities? Springville Griffith Institute (SGI) high school students are invited to take part in the annual “Drive Your Tractor to High School” Day. If you drive by the school during the day, you’ll get a glimpse of them lined up on the lawn.
Special events for the Children’s League happen on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. And then, from 5 to 11 p.m., enjoy amusement rides and food vendors on the lawn behind the high school.
Also, be sure to head to the music tent for live entertainment starting at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, June 4, the Dairy Fest starts at 9 a.m. when the school grounds re-open for the day. All day until 6 p.m., be sure to check out the Farm Tent, featuring kids’ farm activities, name the calf and goat contests, a most creative farm decorations competition, Mike Randall and his Puppet Friends at noon and 2 p.m., and numerous farm and local organizations’ booths.
Don’t miss the huge 90-minute parade starting at 10 a.m. (Parade route goes from the Middle School, down Newman Street to Main to Buffalo Street and ends at the High School.) Watch marching bands, huge floats, fire trucks and more pass on by.
The amusement rides are back on starting at 11 a.m.
From noon to 6 p.m., check out the Classic Car Show, sponsored by Emerling Ford, in the circle behind the high school.
The Buffalo and Erie County Library’s all-new Bookmobile will be parked near the Farm Tent in the afternoon. It’s a new WiFi equipped Bookmobile designed to bring books, eBooks, and fun reading services to the public.
The “Past, Present, Future” farm equipment show, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring antique and new farm equipment on display at the back driveway, across from the fenced in track.
Inside the track field fence, check out the barnyard animal petting zoo, featuring 32 animals, including a camel! Pony rides will also be available, as well as Bossie Bingo, pedal tractor races on the track and “Dairy Dash” running races.
Get in some retail therapy at the huge arts and crafts show behind the high school.
How about some food contests? At 1:30 p.m., join the ice cream eating contest in front of the FFA food stand. At 2 p.m., take part in a pizza eating contest, sponsored by Salvatore’s Pizza, and at 4 p.m., a pie baking contest will take place.
A little education, anyone? Take a 90-minute historic trolley tour, leaving at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and see more than 60 historic sites in Springville. Pick up and return is near the high school’s back circle. At 1 and 3 p.m., take a Farm Bus Tour to Blesy’s Dairy Farm (see robotic milkers and lots of farm animals), Wendel’s Maple Farm and Jake’s multiple greenhouses. Be sure to check out the Civil War Encampment on Eaton Street.
Along Dowd Road (across from the Springville Elementary School on North St.), take part in the 10th Annual Horseshoe Tournament, sponsored by Concord Horseshoe Pitching Association.
The Music Tent will feature live entertainment from noon on, capped off by fireworks starting at 10:30 p.m.
The festival weekend continues on Sunday, June 5. Rides will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Historic tours run at noon and 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m., try your luck at the Bed Races, where three people push one person in a bed. The younger set is invited to take part in Pedal Tractor Races, with prizes for the winners.
Guests can enjoy the animal area, farm tent, arts and crafts show, food vendors, live music and many of the same attractions from Saturday.
Spend an hour, a day or the whole weekend at Springville’s Dairy Fest and you won’t be disappointed. Eat to your heart’s content, learn something new and make some memories!
See the complete schedule of events at www.wnydairyagfest.com.