Norwich celebrates agriculture in style

By Conor Mooney

June 15, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

Norwich (WBNG Binghamton) Agriculture. It's the leading industry in Chenango County, and hundreds of locals celebrated its importance.

The 13 annual Dairy Day kicked off with a parade on Saturday.

A crowd gathered to watch members of the community march down East Main street in Norwich toward the fair grounds, something that has become a tradition.

"It's been real popular, I've been coming for quite a few years," said parade goer, Joe Lombardi.

The parade ended at the fair grounds, where dozens of vendors set up shop, selling products that are related to agriculture.

A fair in Chenango County may be one of the few places where nicer weather means smaller crowds.

"Our agriculture community has been competing with a lot of rain so several of our agricultural people might be catching up on somethings they couldn't do in the rain," said Marge Davis an event organizer.

As a whole the event has grown since it started.

"We seem to be growing, we give away a lot of product," Davis added.

To help raise awareness to the importance of agriculture in Chenango County, organizers are handed out things like yogurt, milk and cheese, all very important to the area.

A lot of the people in Chenango county might not ever see a milk truck up close, or a tractor up close," said Hoffman. "So it's kind of a good way to educate the non-farming public."

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