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Cooperative Extension seeks ideas to celebrate 100th anniversary in 2017

Staff Reports Posted 1 November 2016 at 12:13 pm
File photo by Tom Rivers: The Orleans County 4-H Fair will add a second night of fireworks this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County.

File photo by Tom Rivers: The Orleans County 4-H Fair will add a second night of fireworks this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County.

KNOWLESVILLE – With the approach of the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension centennial in 2017, the Board of Directors is seeking members of the community to plan for celebrating the milestone.

On November 10 at 7:00 p.m., the annual OCCCE Teamwork meeting will include a reflection on the past and plans to celebrate the future. Already several events and activities have been suggested by current volunteers, alumni and youth.

Some of these ideas include an alumni photo taken during the fair, special fair entertainment, a memorial carving, bringing back vintage posters and publication, a centennial quilt and quilt show, presentations of historical foods and clothing, and the re-release of an updated “History of the Orleans County 4-H Fair” book by Dr. Neil Johnson, a long-time leader of the rabbit club and the a local historian.

At the Nov. 10 meeting, the committee will work to identify a theme that represents the first 100 years of successfully carrying out the mission of Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension – to provide relevant, accessible, research-based information to grow confident youth and successful farms and gardens for a strong and healthy Orleans community.

The Extension is looking for volunteers to participate in the planning group or having a hands on role in the activities.  If you are interested, you can connect with the office at 798-4265 or by emailing orleans@cornell.edu.

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