Farmers regroup for fair after fire

By Perry Russom

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Long Lost Jerseys partners Denise Adrien and Scott Yetter almost didn't enter this year's livestock showing at the Tioga County Fair.

"We weren't going to come out because of what happened, but I think Denise and my son decided we needed to do this," said Yetter.

Two weeks ago, a fire destroyed their barn in Newark Valley, killing 17 of their 18 show cows. They still don't know what sparked the blaze.

"Almost every farmer has had some sort of tragedy in their life, farm accident, fires and everybody pulls together," said Yetter.

The fire didn't stop their desire to compete at the county fair in Owego. Scott, his son and Denise pulled together a new group of show cows from their individual stocks.

The two rushed to get the cows ready.

"You start months, if not years, in advance because you have to have to have vet work done and you have to have the rabies shots," said Adrien.

They quickly gathered paperwork to catch up so their cows could compete.

Adrien said she's looking forward to competing.

"Tomorrow morning, I'll probably be here by 4:30 and 5 a.m. to get ready for show that will start at 9," Adrien said.

With her mind on the show, Yetter said he's still thinking about the cows he lost in the fire.

"I don't see much of a silver lining right now," Yetter said. "There's just nothing positive. I know I'll see it eventually. I've been around long enough to know time will cure this, but time is going pretty slow."