Last weekend was our annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration here at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. Thank you to everyone who came out to sample Vermont dairy products, meet our award-winning dairy cows, and watch local students compete in the first Billings Farm Youth Invitational Show. The weather was beautiful and showed Vermont at its best, with clear blue skies and a light breeze.
On Saturday, visitors were treated to a wide range of dairy-themed activities and events, including the chance to meet our farm manager and learn more about what it takes to look after our Jersey cows, help make their own hand-cranked ice cream, and sample amazing cheese and other delicacies from Cabot and Fat Toad Farm, as well as our own Billings Farm cheddar (now available online). As a special treat, newly arrived Nigerian Dwarf and Alpine goats, visiting for the summer from One Chicken at a Time Farm, were on hand to greet people.
Down at the new Show Barn, visitors were able to meet kids from local 4-H groups and watch them prepare their calves and heifers for Sunday’s show. Seeing these amazing young people hard at work washing, clipping, and feeding their calves and heifers was a particular highlight.
On Sunday, there was 1800’s Base Ball out in the farm fields, with visitors and staff alike stepping up to the plate. However, the main event was the Billings Farm Youth Invitational Show, which saw the students competing for both general showmanship and breed-specific awards. The participants did a wonderful job showing, with many entering the ring for the first time and demonstrating a remarkable amount of responsibility, poise, and knowledge about their animals. Congratulations to everyone who took part!
Next up here at B.F.M., we have our 35th Anniversary Celebration taking place on Sunday the 24th, (with FREE ADMISSION to the public and loads of great events planned), and many more events planned throughout the summer… Make sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our daily schedule to stay up to date on what’s going on.