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Voices of Delaware County: LEN UTTER

Farming, government have changed with the times By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer

I t m ay b e h a r d t o believe, but there were 43,000 dairy farms in New York in 1960. By 1997, the number had shrunk to 8,000. In Delaware County, the number of dairy farms dropped from 419 to 249 in that nearly 40-year time period. The plummet was due in part to a whole-herd dairy buyout program instituted in the 1980s, when farmers were given the opportunity to place a price on their herd. The government then, in an effort to reduce a glut of milk and raise milk prices, would pay the bidding price and buy out the farmer. “The girls were so mad at me when I put a price on our herd and enter(ed) my bid to the government,” Len Utter of Middletown said.  The “girls” are his wife, Betty, and two daughters, Darsie and Christine. Utter’s bid was so high t h at t h e g ove r n m e n t denied his offer. However, the Utters decided to sell the cows in 1986. “I took a job working with the county highway crew. Worked there for 12 years,” he said. “The minute someone heard I was retiring in 1999, I was asked to run for the position of Middletown Supervisor. In a moment of weakness, I nodded my head,” he said.

County’s geography presents unique challenges By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer


Delaware County consists of 19 towns, each with a supervisor and council. The 19 supervisors form a board and meet throughout the year at the county

seat of Delhi. Within the townships, there may be villages and hamlets. Villages have their own municipal leaders. “Leaders in the county

are homegrown,” said Utter. “They start from home and home is paramount to them. But, they are affected by mandates See UTTER, Page 2

Voices of Delaware County: CHRISTOPHER DURHAM

Arts, quality of life lure second-home owners By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer

Second-home owners make up 50 percent of the property owners in many Delaware County townships. “I come upstate on the weekends to get a breath of fresh air,” said Christopher Durham, of Roxbury. Durham began “weekending” in 2003, buoyed by modest success and a desire to have a place to which he could get away. He purchased an 1840s house on a Roxbury creek. He carries his appreciation for home between Roxbury and New York City. “I love both places,” he said. Durham grew up on a farm in Virginia. Thirtyfour years ago, he moved to New York City to become an actor. He has played roles in television shows such as “Madame Secretary” and “Rescue Me.” But, he also relishes other forms of art and is unafraid to try new skills. “I now interior design, paint pet portraits and apply goldleaf to antiques here in the county,” he said.  It was on the weekends that Durham honed his

Voices of Delaware County: CINDY HEANEY


artist and handyman skills, he said. “I retrofitted the kitchen to my house to reflect the 1940s, black-andwhite checkered” style, he explained, while commenting on the luxury of his weekend home having

a dining room. “My city apartment is too small to invite guests over, but here I can frequent the farmers’ markets, prepare the food at home and invite guests over to eat around a large table,” said Durham, a vegetarian who enjoys the

greens grown locally. He also built an art studio on his property, next to the house. “The professional business space allows me to expand my work here in the area,” said Durham, who doesn’t hesitate to look for opportunities. Meeting his neighbors is natural. “I moved here the same time Greg Henderson and Joseph Massa bought what is now The Roxbury Motel,” he said. The contemporary Catskill lodging is three houses away from Durham’s home. Durham recently restored an antique oval frame by applying 23-carat gold leaf and burnishing it to a sheen for The Roxbury. It is the power of wordof-mouth that reveals the county’s talent. Word is out that Durham paints pet portraits with strokes of love for animals. He’s also becoming known as an interior decorator who can stay within budget. “Bed-and-breakfasts and barn wedding venues in the county are becoming prevalent,” said Durham. “I’m willing to shop for furnishings, choose themes and colors for rooms, or pick wildflowers See DURHAM, Page 2

Cindy Heaney sees the good, the bad and the ugly. In regard to mental health and addiction problems, she said, “Delaware County is not any different from other counties in New York, except our geography can be a barrier to taking care of oneself or getting help when needed.” The county’s land mass spans 1,446 square miles, larger than the state of Rhode Island. The population density is 32 people per square mile, compared to the Albany area with 200 people per square mile. “The rugged terrain, though stunningly beautiful, comes with secondary roads and long winters, making it difficult to take ownership of issues and find effective solutions to problems,” said Heaney. “Even the lack of transportation becomes an issue.” After growing up on Long Island and graduating high school in 1976, Heaney moved to the area to earn a psychology degree at SUNY Oneonta. “That’s where I met my husband, a homegrown Franklin boy,” she said. Heaney went on to earn a master’s degree in social work at Syracuse University, but returned to Franklin to marry, live and raise a family. “We got married on our property,” recalled Heaney. “I made my own wedding dress. We borrowed tables and chairs from Salvation Army for the event. Friends and family brought food to celebrate on a

beautiful blue sky September day.” The couple then began tearing down an old, 14-room farm house and reusing all the wood, fixtures, oak beams and bricks to build the house they live in now on top of a hill in Franklin. “All with the help of in-laws,” said Heaney in regard to the house job. Heaney became a family alcoholism counselor at the  Delaware County Mental Health Clinic in 1985 and now is the county’s director of mental health. The 2016 mental health department budget is nearly $5 million. The county share is about 14 percent of the entire cost. The department receives about $2 million in revenue and state aid is also about $2 million. For more than 30 years, Heaney has been battling the negative effects of substance abuse in the county. Abuse affects not only the addict, but also surrounding family members, neighbors, and the economy. Of the more than 100 foster children in the county, many are served by the department. “Poverty and lack of education fuels addiction and it’s a vicious cycle,” said Heaney. The county poverty rate is 16.5 percent. Though the unemployment rate is above five percent, down from 8.7 percent in 2012, “It’s difficult to find skilled labor for the workforce,” said Heaney. “Add that to the fact that many places of work See HEANEY, Page 2

A history of places: Towns and townships From the notes of Howard F. Davidson, dated April 15, 1971; transcribed by Ed Davidson, March 30, 2006, courtesy of the Delaware County NY Genealogy and History Site: Although several of the Patents granted included township rights, no town was erected, in what is now Delaware County, until the formation of the Town of Harpersfield April 11, 1787. This town included all the land in Harper Indian Purchase plus the land in Sir William Johnson purchase south of the Charlotte and Sesquehanna rivers between the east and west lines of the Harper purchase, extended one mile to the rivers. The following year, 1788, all land in New York State was placed into townships for the first time. There were one hundred and twenty towns in all. The existing town of Woodstock, in Ulster County, extended its bounds westward to the West Branch of the Delaware, thus placing part of Delhi village in the Town of Woodstock, Ulster County

and part in the Town of Harpersfield, Montgomery County. The Town of Middletown was erected March 3, 1789 from portions of Rochester and Woodstock. Middletown now contained that portion of Delhi which had been in Woodstock. The Town of Harpersfield was divided on April 10, 1792; a new town by the name of Franklin was erected. The division line between these two towns being the Patent line dividing the Whitesborough and the Franklin Patents. Ironically, the Franklin Patent was left in the Town of Harpersfield while the Whitesborough Patent was part of the new Town of Franklin. The next year, on March 12, 1793, another new town by the name of Kortright was formed from a portion of Harpersfield. The Franklin Patent was included in this new town. When Delaware County was erected on March 10, 1797, it placed all Delhi Village in one county, but See HISTORY, Page 2


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„ Continued from Page 1 from outside.” Politics from the bottom up is assisted by training and municipal associations. Utter remembered attending a seminar hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension. “There was about half a dozen of us attendees in the class. We all watched a video then told one another what we saw. We all observed something different,” he said. “We then all read a document and told what we read, only to learn that we each had our own interpretation. It was an important lesson. It helped me when I served on committees and when I read the newspapers.” Six weekly and one daily newspaper serve the county: The Tri-Town News, The Catskill Mountain News, The Mountain Eagle, The Hancock Herald, The Deposit Courier, The Reporter and The Daily Star. “ Th o s e n ewsp ap e r s do a good job of reporting what happens,” Utter said. “We’re all human. We make mistakes. But, I think the county leaders do a good job.” While Utter entered the 21st century as a politician, local dairy farmers were actively diversifying to keep the industry alive. There has since been a slight uptick in the number of dairy farms in the


„ Continued from Page 1 require drug screening because clean and sober workers are wanted and the economy is adversely affected.” Though there is a downside to life in the county, Heaney finds much to sing about. Literally. “I sing in the Sweet Adelines, a barber shop female group,” she said. “We raised two great kids, Evan and Alison,” said Heaney. “Evan now works for the Otsego County Department of Social Services and Alison just graduated college with a geology degree and is working as an intern with the Watershed Agricultural Council here in the county.” Heaney recalled early


Utter claims to have been a bashful boy. “I couldn’t say my own name out loud,” he said. “It was when I became involved in Future Farmers of America that I learned how to speak before the public.” county that also produce beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and cheeses. It’s a different style of the same fortitude and tenacity found throughout history. Going back in time to 1866, Utter recalled, “My great grandpa bought the farm using his Civil War severance for a down payment. It became Mill-Vale Farms. Grandpa continued farming until Grandma’s brother farmed it. After he died in 1946, that’s when Dad and I bought Mill-Vale from the estate.” Utter claims to have been a bashful boy. “I couldn’t say my own name out loud,” he said. “It was when I became involved in Future Farmers of America that I learned how to speak before the public.” He also earned an American Farmer Degree in 1951, the third person in the county to do so. The only time Utter wa s t e m p t e d t o l ive

“One of the positives of small schools is that everyone can have the opportunity to play sports,” Heaney said. motherhood. “Living in a tight-knit rural community was new to me. Alison’s kindergarten teacher actually taught my husband when he was in elementary school,” she said. As a parent, Heaney thought it was convenient that someone would tell her everything her children did during the day. “My children didn’t think it was great. They couldn’t get away with anything,” said Heaney, but the

somewhere other than Delaware County was when the Pepacton Reservoir was being built. “I helped with mechanic work and one of the contracted companies offered me a job, but I would have had to live in Illinois for two years for training. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t leave home,” he said. Len and Betty wed in 1956. Darsie and Ch r i st i n e we r e b o r n in due time and everyone worked on the farm and became invested in school, 4-H and community. “If it wasn’t for the girls, we would have lost the farm during the bad years. They could do anything, operate anything. It’s the girls that kept the farm going,” said Utter. Darsie and Christine earned their own animals on the farm. They showed them at the fair. “Darsie had a cow that won champion all-breed for three years running,” Betty Utter recalled.  The family did take time away from the farm. They would travel with groups set up through Cornell Cooperative Extension, always involving a dairy tour.  “One year, we went to California to see the Redwoods,” Betty said, “I was so pleased. But there is nothing like looking out and seeing the Catskills, or cows in the meadow. It’s home.”

children were very active in soccer and their daughter was a cheerleader. “One of the positives of small schools is that everyone can have the o p p o r t u n i t y t o p l ay sports,” she added. School districts in the rural county have been experiencing a decline in student enrollments. Five students per year have left the Franklin district over the last five years. The total student body, pre-k to grade 12, is 275. On average, there are about 11.6 students per t e a c h e r i n D e l awa r e County schools. And, not to be overlooked is the significant number of children being home schooled. They receive an education through an organization of families who support one another.

ABOUT THIS SECTION This special section of The Daily Star aims to give a snapshot of life in Delaware County through the voices of some of its residents. Also included is information about each of the county’s 19 towns. „ Section editor: Emily F. Popek „ Editor, The Daily Star: Sam Pollak „ Publisher: Fred Scheller

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for wedding décor.” Durham’s sidekicks are four dogs and a menagerie of animals. They offer a familiar sight of Durham with the dogs, hiking around Shephard Hills Golf Course. Or, Durham pedaling his bicycle through town with a duck riding in a basket. “ T we n ty - t h r e e ye a r s ago, when I wanted to give back to the city, I became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator,” he said. “I bring the animals to Roxbury for continued care or release. The duck is relearning how to


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in three different townships: Franklin, Kortright, and Middletown. Under a clause in the Act erecting Delaware County the courthouse and jail must be erected within a distance of two miles of the confluence of the Little Delaware and the West Branch. Thus the county

Durham said that a sense of familiarity, “a sense of family,”  comes with life here.

County. Artists not only act, dance, and perform music, but also paint, weld, sculpt, handcraft textiles a n d wo o d e n p r o d u c t s , forge pottery and create ciders. Organizations that showcase art throughout walk after being brought to the year include Roxbury me by a concerned citizen of Arts Group in Roxbury, the city for rehab.” Catskill Artisans Guild and And what about the bike?  Open Eye Theater in Mar“I ride the bicycle for garetville, Writers in the exercise,” he said. Mountains and Friends of Durham said that a sense Music in Stamford, West of familiarity, “a sense of Kortright Centre and Honfamily,”    comes with life est Brook Music in Merhere. He also visits other edith, Bright Hill Literary sites of artistic expression Center in Treadwell, Iron in the county. Pickerel Gallery in Sidney, Galleries are ubiquitous Pine Lake in Davenport and in the woods of Delaware Walton Theatre in Walton. 

seat could possibly be in any one of these three towns. A new town by the name of Walton was erected March 17th, in the only one week old county. The Board of Supervisors of Delaware County, on November 16, 1797, purchased land in the Town of Walton from Levi Baxter and George Fischer for the court house square.

But fate again intervened and another new town wa s e r e c t e d o n M a r c h 23, 1798 from portions of Walton, Kortright and M i d d l e t ow n . Th i s n ew town, called Delhi, was the first town to contain land on both sides of the West Branch. It also placed all land now in Delhi Village in the same county and the same township for the first time.



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Voices of Delaware County: JASON CRAIG

Voices of Delaware County: CHRIS ROSENTHAL

County fair a testament to can-do spirit

County gives sanctuary for spiritual seekers

By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer

Unable to forget the Northeast power outage of 2003, Jason Craig noted that it occurred the week of the Delaware County Fair. A surge of electricity touched off a series of power failures and caused blackouts that left parts of eight Northeastern states without electricity. Buildings were evacuated, thousands of commuters were stranded and people suffered in stifling heat. But in Walton, Reithoffer Shows kicked on their backup generators and the rides at the fair became the sole buzz of electricity near and far. “Rick Reithoffer worked with NYSEG and the fair Jason Craig at the 2015 Delaware County Fair. electricians to get electricity to other parts of the fair- got solved. Local busiIt was a classic case of grounds,” recalled Craig. nesses brought in milking community spirit and grit, “Everyone came together machines and more gen- both of which run with deep to make sure the cows erators. People came to the roots in Delaware County. got milked and problems fair.” Born and raised in Walton,

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Craig is one of many people who volunteer to make the six-day annual county fair a success each year. See CRAIG, Page 4

Voices of Delaware County: BRIAN ALBANESE

County-made products travel near and far By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer

When attending Walton Central School, Brian Albanese was determined to get out of Delaware County. “I wanted to live in the city where there were people,” said Albanese, who graduated in 1998 and went to Utica to earn an engineering degree at college. Albanese grew up working for his dad, Mike Spaccaforno, owner of Forno Enterprises, a full-service architectural aluminum and glass company, established in 1987 in Trout Creek.

Spaccaforno moved to the area to get off of Long Island, where he felt there were too many people. “Since I was 14 years old, I began learning about and building metal framing for glass of all types,” said Albanese. The job required travel. “That, I liked, working out in the field, installing the glass at different locations,” he said. But when in college, he returned to Trout Creek in the summers to earn money. “One year while at school, Dad called and told me he needed more space at the plant,” recalled Albanese. “He had two plans. If I would come back

and manage the business, he’d build a brand new facility. If I wasn’t coming back, he’d build a small addition to work in until he retired and shut the place down.” Albanese told his dad, “Build the small addition, I’m not coming back.” Spaccaforno built the small addition. A year later, Albanese told his dad that he was returning. “I’d had enough of the big city of Utica,” he said with a laugh. “In 2003 when I returned fulltime, Dad pointed to the small addition and told me, ‘There’s your new building.’” Forno Enterprises is one


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of many manufacturers in the county. Amphenol manufactures electronic connectors in Sidney. Sportsfield Specialties manufactures outdoor sports equipment in Delhi. Freisland Campina Domo produces nutrient-filled dairy products in Fraser, as does Saputo Dairy Foods. Kraft produces dairy products in Walton. A number of bluestone quarries and lumber processing plants actively harvest and mill homegrown stone and wood. The manufacturing See ALBANESE, Page 4

Data shows there are more than 100 Catholic and Protestant congregations meeting regularly in Delaware County. Also established in the county as places of study or retreat are Buddhist centers, Muslim centers, and Orthodox homes. About 55 percent of the inhabitants refer to themselves as non-religious. But within that 55 percent, there is the “spiritual not religious” sector, who appreciate, for their own reasons, the peace and quiet found in the county. “To be surrounded by nature is to feel a connectivity, to feel a spirituality that is applicable in our daily lives,” said Chris Rosenthal, co-owner with Jana Batey of Harmony Hill Retreat in Meredith. Prior to coming to Meredith, Rosenthal was a director of a drug and alcohol outpatient program and a regional operations manager for an international firm managing employee assistance programs. She also had a full time psychotherapy practice in Orlando, Florida. “After retiring, I moved here and we opened the 70-acre center in 2005,” said Rosenthal. The Harmony Hill goal to provide space for people to come and unplug from the world for respite is shared by other organizations in the county. Meditation and yoga are practiced at Heathen Hill in Franklin and at American Yoga Foundation in Bovina. In South Kortright, the School of Environmental and Vocational

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Arts promotes education on health, fitness and environment, along with yoga and meditation. Indigenous traditions are discovered at Blue Deer Center in New Kingston. Creative energy is coalesced with practical energy at Spillian in Fleischmanns. The business developed spiritually after Batey traveled to France to attend a 10-day labyrinth workshop training and also walked the ancient labyrinth in the nave of Chartres Cathedral. “She came back inspired,” said Rosenthal. “She brought with her the sacred geometry kit for us to pattern on the property, a 11-circuit labyrinth,” said Rosenthal. The labyrinth was made by hand on a two-acre knoll at Harmony Hill. It took a year to complete. Field stone was harvested on the site and each piece was cut, laid, and set within the 44-foot labyrinth. It is used for walking mediation by the public or guests. “Guests include writers, music composers, artists and people who want to See SPIRITUAL, Page 4

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facility Albanese inherited has about 5,000 square feet. “Since then, I’ve reorganized the layout, cleaned out the stuff Dad refused to throw out, upgraded machinery, and remodeled the office,” said Albanese. “It works.” Forno Enterprises employs about 28 fulltime people and hires part-time workers when necessary. The work involves pre-fabricating frames in Trout Creek and delivering the metal frames to construction sites to be glazed, set with panes or sheets of glass. Jobs vary. A project at West Point involved pre-fabricating frames used to install heavy duty bomb-resistant glass for a seven-story library. Local projects include installation of security entrance doors at Delhi, Roscoe and Downsville schools. “After the school shooting at Sandy Hook, upgrades at schools kept us busy,” said Albanese. “A current project is working with the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

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construction.” Forno Enterprises frames glass for storefronts, solar rooms, leaded x-ray glass, plexiglass, greenhouses and more. They complete nearly a dozen large projects per year. An annual report from the trade magazine, “U.S. Glass Magazine,” has ranked Forno Enterprises in the top 50 “contract glaziers,” for the last six years. Ranking is based on gross volume and accounts for glass companies throughout the United States. Now vice president of Forno Enterprises, Albanese has grown roots. He is active with his wife and three children. “I volunteer coach for our son’s ball teams,” said Albanese, who also serves as an elected council member for the Town of Tompkins. He offers his business experience as a way to contribute to the community, focusing on how to spend and save tax dollars. It’s another commonality with his father, who is the supervisor of the Town of Masonville.  “The supervisor job is time-consuming

Brian Albanese and Mike Spaccaforno pose in this undated photo.

so it’s been great to have Brian at the business,” Spaccaforno said, adding, “Anyway, he knows all that computer stuff.”


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During high school, Craig worked for a neighboring dairy farmer during hay season. “I was able to show their dairy cows at the fair, beginning at the age of 14 years,” he said. After graduating from Walton Central School, Craig was hired by Cedarwood Environmental, a company based in Oneonta that trains and certifies employees to operate waste water systems. “When New York City began upgrading wastewater facilities to keep the water clean, they needed more operators,” explained Craig. Early in the mid-20th century, New York City and its department of environmental protection were part and parcel of removing and relocating villages to build the Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs. The reservoirs are two in a series used to store water for use in the city. The task of keeping water clean for 9 million city people has created jobs and businesses in the county, but not without challenges. New regulations can be a burden. Miscommunication between officials of the behemoth city and rural municipalities causes frustration. But the relationship continues and people learn how to speak one another’s language. A tentative trust is built upon. When the DEP allowed nonmotorized boats into the reservoirs, under the condition all boats must be steam cleaned before entering

Kamren Craig, Jason Craig and Frankie Johnson the water, Craig kept his kayaking to floating on the Delaware River. “I only get out on the water occasionally and it works,” he said. Otherwise, the county fair is foremost in his thoughts. Craig is in his 10th year as a board director of the county fair. “I was elected director at the age of 23. The other members liked it because it brought the average age of the 10-member board of directors down significantly,” he said. Craig now serves as secretary and said, “I keep up with communication. It requires about 10 hours per week during the year and every hour during fair week. Ed Rossley, the president, takes a majority of calls also. Between the two of us,


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we can answer nearly 1,000 calls the first half of the year.” Sponsors, local businesses, vendors and attendees are among the callers. Nothing stops the fair. “Last year, I sprained my ankle right before the fair while carrying a car seat down stairs. I showed up at the fair in a wheelchair and everyone looked at me and asked, ‘Are you serious?’ I was. I was at the fair either on crutches or in an electric wheelchair,” said Craig, one person in a long line of fair diehards. The fair began in 1841, when the Delaware County Agricultural Society was chartered with the intent to showcase the region’s industries

and talents. A fair was staged in Delhi. Each year after that until 1925, the fair was held in different locations: Hobart, Bloomville, Andes, Franklin and Walton. However, as recorded in Ruth Bean’s book, “160 Fair Years,” written for the Walton Historical Society, because David More allowed use of his farm in Walton, there was a series of years when simultaneous fairs were held from 1887 to 1925. Realizing one fair is good, Walton was handed “the mantle” in 1925 as the main and only county fair. Other tidbits from Bean’s book: In 1910, lions and trapeze artists came to the fair for entertainment; in 1919, an airplane; in 1928, elephants delighted the audience with tricks. Buildings were built as needed, and rebuilt after burning down. Profits were slim. As for today’s fair in Walton, “We’ve managed to keep the fair self-sustaining. We don’t ask the county board of supervisors for funds,” said Craig. Businesses and sponsors are faithful to the fair. Ecklund Farm Machinery brings mowers and tractors from Stamford to help out. River Valley New Holland in Hamden and Swantak Equipment in Franklin also bring tractors. John Hubner Electric does all the electrical work. “And that is a short list of people with community spirit,” said Craig. “The week-long event pumps money into the community as people travel to Walton. It can bring in over $1 million the one week alone.” 

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FULL SCHEDULE AUGUST 2 - 7, 2016 MONDAY, AUGUST 1 BEFORE THE FAIR OPENS 6:30PM - 20th Annual Otsego County Fair Hymn Sing & Special Music at the Grandstand

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 GILLETTE SHOWS PAY-ONE-PRICE 5 - 10 PM Grandstand Events 7:00 PM - Total Destruction Demolition Derby $5 Admission

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 DOLLAR DAY - ADMISSION ONLY $1.00 Grandstand Events 12:00 PM - New York Sire Stakes Harness Racing 7:30 PM - Fire Service and School Band Parade, Fireworks

Entertainment Tent 11:00 AM - Buffalo Barfield 12:00 PM - The Promise Land 4:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 6:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 7:00 PM - Teen Karaoke Qualifier

Entertainment Tent 11:00 AM - Buffalo Barfield 12:00 PM - Dirt Road Express Band 4:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 6:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 7:00 PM - Sundown Band General Attractions 8:00 AM - Gates Open - buildings open at 10:00 AM 10:00 AM - 4-H Goat Show 10 AM - 12 PM - 4-H Rabbit Show & Showmanship 12:00 PM - Gillette Shows Midway Carnival Opens 1-3 PM - 4-H Community Service Sewing Activities - Martin Hall 2:00 PM - 4-H Dairy Showmanship 3-4 PM - 4-H Preparing Healthy Snacks – Martin Hall 6-8 PM - 4-H Science Activities – Martin Hall WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 GILLETTE SHOWS PAY-ONE-PRICE 5 - 10 PM Grandstand Events 9:00 AM - Catskill Garden Tractor Pull 7:00 PM - Figure 8 Demolition Derby & Rollover Competition $5 Admission Entertainment Tent 11:00 AM - Buffalo Barfield 12:00 PM - Open Karaoke 4:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 7:00 PM - Adult Karaoke Qualifier General Attractions 9:00 AM - 4-H Gymkhana Horse Show 9:00 AM - Open Draft/Mule/Driving Horse Show 9:30 AM - 4-H & Open Swine Show 10 AM-12 PM - 4-H Photo Activities - Martin Hall 11 AM-3 PM - Demonstrations in Floral Hall 12:00 PM - Gillette Shows Midway Carnival Opens 1:00 PM - 4-H Sheep Show 1:00 PM - 4-H Dairy Judging 1-3 PM - 4-H Community Service Sewing Activities – Martin Hall 3-4 PM - 4-H Preparing Healthy Snacks – Martin Hall 5:30 PM - 4-H Beef Showmanship and Beef Show 6 - 8 PM - 4-H Public Presentations – Martin Hall 6 - 8 PM - 4-H Science Activities – Martin Hall 7:30 PM - Cow Chip Bingo in the Show Ring

General Attractions 9:00 AM - 4-H Western Horse Show 9:30 AM - 4-H & Open Dairy Show, Holstein, Milking Shorthorn, and Brown Swiss 10 AM-12 PM - 4-H Photo Activities – Martin Hall 11:00 AM (start) - Wagon Rides by Draft Horse Barn 11:00 AM - Open Rabbit Show 12:00 PM - Gillette Shows Midway Carnival Opens 1-3 PM - Community Service Sewing Activities – Martin Hall 1-4 PM - Demonstrations in Floral Hall 3-4 PM - Preparing Healthy Snacks – Martin Hall 5:30 PM - Open Sheep Show 6-8 PM - 4-H Science Activities – Martin Hall 7:00 PM - 4-H Clothing & Textiles Revue – Martin Hall FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 – AGRICULTURE DAY Grandstand Events 10:00 AM - Antique and Out of Field Tractor Pull 7:00 PM - Shootout Productions Sanctioned Truck Pull $5 Admission Entertainment Tent 11:00 AM - Buffalo Barfield 12:00 PM - Dirt Road Express Band 4:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 6:00 PM - American Idol’s Ethan Harris 7:00 PM - Jason Wicks Band 8:00 PM - American Idol Finalist Bucky Covington General Attractions 9:00 AM - 4-H English Horse Show 9:30 AM - 4-H & Open Dairy Show, Jersey, Ayrshire, and Guernsey 10 AM - 12 PM - 4-H Photo Activities – Martin Hall 11:00 AM (start) - Wagon Rides by Draft Horse Barn 12:00 PM - Gillette Shows Midway Carnival Opens 12-4 PM - Demonstrations in Floral Hall 1-3 PM - 4-H Community Service Sewing Activities – Martin Hall 3-4 PM - 4-H Preparing Healthy Snacks – Martin Hall 4:00 PM - Open Beef Show 6-8 PM - 4-H Science Activities – Martin Hall

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 – CHILDRENS DAY BIKE GIVEAWAY & GAMES; GILLETTE SHOWS PAY-ONE-PRICE RIDES 5 - 10 PM Grandstand Events 10:00 AM - Hay Stacking Competition 1:00 PM - 100 Bicycle Giveaway Registration 3:00 PM - 100 Bicycle Giveaway 7:00 PM - Otsego County Fair Truck and Semi Pull $5 Admission Entertainment Tent 11:00 AM - Buffalo Barfield 12:00 PM - 12 and Under Karaoke Contest 3:00 PM - Zoe Zumba 4:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 6:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield 7:00 PM - Adult and Teen Karaoke Finals General Attractions 8:30 AM - 4th Annual 5K Benefit Run 8:30 AM - Open Gymkhana 10:00 AM - Hay Stacking Competition 10 AM - 12 PM - 4-H Photo Activities – Martin Hall 11:00 AM (start) - Wagon Rides by Draft Horse Barn 12:00 PM - Gillette Shows Midway Carnival Opens 1:00 PM - Bike Giveaway Registration 1:00 PM - Livestock Parade of Champions 1-3 PM - 4-H Community Service Sewing Activities – Martin Hall 2:00 PM - 4-H Public Presentations – Martin Hall 3:00 PM - Bike Giveaway 3:00 PM - 4-H Livestock Auction 3-4 PM - 4-H Preparing Healthy Snacks – Martin Hall 5:00 PM - Kiddie Pedal Power Tractor Pull 5:00 PM - Supreme Showman 6-8 PM - 4-H Science Activities – Martin Hall 7:00 PM - 4-H Variety Show – Martin Hall SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 – GILLETTE SHOWS PAY-ONE-PRICE RIDES 12 - 5 PM Grandstand Events 1:00 PM - Total Destruction Demolition Derby $5 Admission 6:00 PM - Total Destruction Demolition Derby $5 Admission Entertainment Tent 11:00 AM - Buffalo Barfield 11:00 PM - Buffalo Barfield General Attractions 8:00 AM - Open English & Western Horse Show 9:00 AM - Open Goat Show 12:00 PM - Gillette Shows Midway Carnival Opens 1:00 PM - Dessert Contest in Floral Hall 2-4:30 PM - Demonstrations in Floral Hall 1-30 PM - 4-H Community Service Sewing Activities – Martin Hall 4:00 PM - Floral Hall Cake Walk 5:00 PM - Chain Saw Art Auction

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THE TOWNS OF DELAWARE COUNTY ANDES ` Population: 1,301 ` Communities: Andes (hamlet) ` Supervisor: Wayne “Bud” Gladstone, (845) 676-3231 ` Notable: The hamlet of Andes was a village until 2003, after residents voted to dissolve its government. The town was the site of the “Anti-Rent War” of 1845, in which protesters shot and killed Under-Sheriff Osman Steele

BOVINA ` Population: 633 ` Communities: Bovina, Bovina Center ` Supervisor: Tina Mole, 746-6675 ` Notable: The town contains two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Burns Family Farm, on Crescent Valley Road, and the Bovina Center Historic District, which encompasses 133 buildings in the hamlet.

COLCHESTER ` Population: 2,077 ` Co m m u n i t i e s : C o o k ’ s Falls, Corbett, Downsville, Shinhopple ` Supervisor: Arthur Merrill, 363-7169 ` Notable: The dam of the Pepacton Reservoir is in Downsville, and the hamlet of Pepacton was among those flooded when the reservoir was built in the mid-20th century. A historic wooden covered bridge, built in 1854, spans the East Branch of the Delaware River at Downsville.

DAVENPORT ` Population: 2,965 ` Communities: Butts Co r n e r s ,   D ave n p o r t (hamlet), DavenportCenter, Fergusonville, Hoseaville, West Davenport, Pindars Corners ` Supervisor: Dennis Valente, 278-5600



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` Population: 5,117 ` Communities: Delhi (village), East Delhi, Fraser, West Delhi ` Supervisor: Mark Tuthill, 746-9882 ` Notable: As the county seat, the village of Delhi houses the county courthouse and is also home to the historic 1797 Gideon Frisbee House (said to be haunted). 

` Population: 2,411 ` Communities: Bartlett Hollow, Franklin (village), Merrickville, North Franklin, Treadwell ` Supervisor: Jeffrey Taggart, 829-8590 ` Notable: The village is home to the Franklin Stage Company, which presents free theatrical performances in the historic Chapel Hall. The building was once part of the Delaware Literary Institute, which closed in 1909. 0

DEPOSIT ` Population: 1,712 ` Communities: B a r b o u r ville,  China,  Cannonsville Reservoir,  Deposit,  Hale Eddy,  Hambletville,  Stilesville, Upper Barbourville ` Supervisor: Thomas A. Axtell, 467-2433 ` Notable: The Cannonsville Reservoir was formed by impounding the West Branch of the Delaware River in Deposit, destroying the town of Cannonsville. The village of Deposit straddles the county line, with part of the village in Broome County. 

HAMDEN ` Population: 1,323 ` Communities: DeLancey, Hamden (hamlet) ` Supervisor: Wayne Marshfield, 746-6660 ` Notable: Ac c o r d i n g t o the town’s website, the first mention of a baseball game in an American newspaper referenced a 1825 contest in Hamden. 

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HANCOCK ` Population: 3,224 ` Communities: Hancock (village), Casodia, East Branch, Fishs Eddy, Harvard, Kerryville, Peas Eddy ` Supervisor: Samuel Rowe Jr., 637-2998 ` Notable: According to the town website, Louisville Slugger baseball bats were once made with timber from Hancock, and the town was home to Major League player “Honest” Eddie Murphy, who appeared in three World Series games.

HARPERSFIELD ` Population: 1,577 ` Communities: Harpersf i e l d ( h a m l e t ) , No r t h Harpersfield, Stamford ` Supervisor: James Eisel Sr., 832-5110 ` Notable: The northernmost town in Delaware County, bordering Otsego and Schoharie counties, Harpersfield contains a portion of the village of Stamford. The town was founded by Revolutionary War colonel John Harper.

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` Population: 3,224 ` Communities: Hancock (village), Casodia, East Branch, Fishs Eddy, Harvard, Kerryville, Peas Eddy ` Supervisor: Samuel Rowe Jr., 637-2998 ` Notable: According to the town website, Louisville Slugger baseball bats were once made with timber from Hancock, and the town was home to Major League player “Honest” Eddie Murphy, who appeared in three World Series games.

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KORTRIGHT ` Population: 1,675 ` Communities: Bloomville, Kortright Center, West Kortright ` Supervisor: George Haynes Jr., 538-1160 ` Notable: The West Kortright Centre performing arts center is housed in an 1850 Greek Revival church

the Delaware County NY Genealogy and History site, “In 1855 the town of Masonville had 370 horses, 1703 WORKING oxen and calves, 1291 cows, 3599 sheep, 567 swine, and produced 124,252 pounds of butter, 6171 pounds of cheese, and about 4500 tons of hay.”

MASONVILLE ` Population: 1,320 ` Communities: Ivanhoe, Masonville (hamlet) ` Supervisor: Michael Spaccaforno, 265-4010 ` Notable: According to


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` Population: 1,577 ` Communities: Harpersf i e l d ( h a m l e t ) , No r t h Harpersfield, Stamford ` Supervisor: James Eisel Sr., 832-5110 ` Notable: The northernmost town in Delaware County, bordering Otsego and Schoharie counties, MASONVILLE Harpersfield contains a portion of the village of Stam` Population: 1,320 ` Communities: Ivanhoe, ford. The town was founded 576 W.War Hubbell Road (hamlet) P: (800) 752-6494 by Revolutionary colo- Hill Masonville ` nel JohnMargaretville, Harper. Supervisor: Michael SpacNY 12455 F: (845) 586-3104 caforno, 265-4010 ` Notable: According to

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` Population: 1,529 ` Communities: East Meredith, Meridale, Meredith (hamlet), West Meredith ` Supervisor: James G. Ellis, 746-8377 ` Notable: The Merideth Dairy Fest was for years held atop a hillside off state Route 28 on what was once a working dairy farm.

` Population: 2,502 ` Communities: Roxbury (hamlet), Grand Gorge ` Supervisor: Thomas Hynes, 326-7921 ` Notable: The birthplace of naturalist John Burroughs and railroad tycoon Jay Gould, the town is home to numerous historic sites.


MIDDLETOWN ` Population: 3,759 ` Communities: Arkville, Denver, Fleischmanns, Halcottsville, Kelly Corners, Margaretville, New Kingston ` Supervisor: Carl Davis, (845) 586-2462 ` Notable: The Pakatakan Artists Colony Historic District in Arkville once housed a variety of Catskill Mountain School artists and features distinctive Shingle

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` Population: 5,774 ` Communities: East Sidney, Sidney (village), Sidney Center ` Supervisor: R. Eugene Pigford, 369-7283 ` Notable: The town borders Otsego and Chenango counties at the northwest corner of Delaware County and is home to the county’s largest employer, Amphenol. It is named in honor of British naval officer Sir Sidney Smith.



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` Population: 2,267 ` Communities: Hobart, Stamford (village), South Kortright ` Supervisor: Michael Triolo, 538-9397 ` Notable: Once known as the “Queen of the Catskills,” Stamford was home to the grand Rexmere building, which was lost to fire in 2014.

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TOMPKINS ` Population: 1,247 ` Communities: Trout Creek, Islamberg ` Supervisor: William Layton, 865-9121 ` Notable: The hamlet of Islamberg was founded in the town of Tompkins in the 1980s by a Pakistani Sufi cleric. The Cannonsville Reservoir crosses through the center of the town.

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140 Years of Bringing Families Together

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