Assemblywoman Jenne Introduces Resolution Recognizing Bicentennial of Jefferson County Agricultural Society

May 12, 2017

The New York State Assembly passed a resolution introduced by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne this week honoring the Jefferson County Agricultural Society on its 200th anniversary.

The Jefferson County Agricultural Society was established on Oct. 25, 1817 and was centered on the promotion of New York values of community and entrepreneurism. The fair started by the society in 1818 is now the longest consecutively running county fair in the United States.

“The success of the Jefferson County Fair provides our region with an immense amount of community pride. It celebrates our proud heritage and the thriving agricultural industry that continues to provide us with high quality food and serves as the foundation of our local economy,” Assemblywoman Jenne said.

Assemblywoman Jenne, who visits the Jefferson County Fair each year, said the event has grown to encompass a wide range of activities from agricultural exhibits and shows, to a demolition derby and firemen's parade. The fair also has an array of locally produced food on display. This year's fair is scheduled for July 11-16.

“I grew up playing in the marching band as part of fair week and know how much fun families have on the rides and indulging in the fried dough, sausage sandwiches and, of course, ice cream and chocolate milk,” she added.

“As an adult I now fully appreciate the livestock tents. It's about more than just the beautiful animals. It's about the families that take such good care of them. They take the time and put in the hours to bring their animals to show. And they don’t just do it for the glory of a prize, they do it so the community can better understand what farmers do. They keep the connection between people and their food going,” continued Assemblywoman Jenne.

The resolution passed by the state Assembly this week noted New York State takes great pride in the strength of its communities and agricultural economy, and recognizes the importance of promoting locally grown and raised products.

Assemblywoman Jenne is a member of the state Assembly's Agriculture Committee and chairs the Assembly’s Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy.