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About 4,000 Attend the Meredith Dairy Fest

By Rosie Cunningham


Meredith McCann and Jessica Coleman pose with the Meredith Dairy Fest mascot. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Meredith McCann and Jessica Coleman pose with the Meredith Dairy Fest mascot. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter MERIDALE - Bounce houses, vendors, the Hillbilly Express, a petting zoo, great music and good food and company were in plentiful at the Meredith Dairy Festival held Saturday and Sunday in Meridale.

This is the second year that the popular event has taken place and is a blast for all age groups.

Organizer Shirley Niebanck said she could not be happier with the weather and how the weekend turned out.

“We had about 4,000 visitors over two days,” she said. “I bet we had about 250 kids attend.”

According to Niebanck, the purpose of the festival is to showcase the importance of local agriculture, both past and present.

Shirley said committee and community members are already looking forward to next year.

Niebanck explained that the festival took a hiatus of about 10 years after previous organizers retired.


Bryce Gardner, 3, of Delhi, showed off his new “tattoo” at the dairy festival in Meridale. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Bryce Gardner, 3, of Delhi, showed off his new “tattoo” at the dairy festival in Meridale. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter “I live right up the road and missed it,” she said. “The town supervisor Jim Ellis asked individuals about bringing the event back and we had a nice group of people who wanted to be a part of it.”

Niebanck said particularly in the these challenging times for farmers, it’s important to showcase farming.

“It’s a big part of life and a lot of people seem to be forgetting that. We want everyone to know farming is near and dear in Delaware County and in Meridale.”

Niebanck said there were more than 20 individuals who volunteered, as well as numerous students from Delaware Academy and Charlotte Valley.

“The area fire departments were great as well and after all of the bills are paid, we will be giving a donation,” she said.


Charlie Prior, 2, is all smiles at the Meredith Dairy Festival Saturday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Charlie Prior, 2, is all smiles at the Meredith Dairy Festival Saturday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter For more information, visit meredithdairyfestival.org.

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