fallsenecacountycham_6594e3.jpgSeneca Falls, N.Y.  - Empire Farm Days, held on Rodman Lott & Son Farms, Aug. 6-8, in the center of New York's Finger Lakes region, brings more than 600 exhibitors and 70,000 visitors interested in farming, livestock, horses, food production and all things agriculture to Seneca Falls annually.   The outdoor farming showcase, that has spread out across 300 acres of the Lott family farm since 1988, is one of the largest agricultural theme events in Seneca County.  It is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S.   The three-day event is estimated to have a more than $2.1 million impact on the Seneca County economy each year.   The Seneca County Tourism exhibit at Empire Farm Days offers vacation planning resources and the latest information for visiting area wineries and farms, farmers' markets, and restaurants.   The agriculturally-rich Seneca County boasts open fields, vineyards and wineries, riding trails, pumpkin patches, modern and historic farm sites, and stops on the Finger Lakes Artisan Cheese Trail. Special events include Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail tastings and tours, cheese weekends and herb festivals, the Ovid Strawberry Festival, and the Pickin' in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival in Lodi.   Rodman Lott & Son Farms also hosts the annual September Finger Lakes Cork & Fork event for the sampling and sale of locally-made products.   "Empire Farm Days is a fabulous showcase of all that is good about agriculture in Seneca County and across New York State," says Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Director Jeff Shipley. "Events such as Empire Farm Days and Finger Lakes Cork and Fork bring a huge economic impact into Seneca County and signal the significance of our local, regional and New York state agricultural bounty."   Activities at Empire Farm Days include farm equipment and ATV test driving opportunities; DairyProfit Seminars and other educational workshops; demonstrations of live horse round pen training, cattle handing, small livestock care, and agricultural plastics recycling; farm safety and farm family displays; and much more: http://www.empirefarmdays.com/. Photo: Fall on the farm in Seneca County, photo courtesy of Seneca County Chamber of Commerce/C. Smalser


CONTACTS: Jeff Shipley, Seneca County Chamber, 315-568-2906 Melanie Wickham, Empire Farm Days Manager, 877-697-7837