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Generations of one dairy farm keep coming back to NYSF

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Sunday is day 11 of the Great New York State Fair and throughout all 12 days, the dairy cow exhibit is open for fairgoers to learn more about animal and dairy farming. One family of farmers tells us working at the fair each year is a tradition for all generations of their family. Our Candace Hopkins has more.

NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- Showing cows in competition is an honored tradition at the New York State Fair and for years, one family has included several generations in the fun.

Ripley Farms has 17 cows at this year's fair. The family has 22 grandchildren, most of whom show their own cows annually.

Grandfather and owner Roland Ripley showed his first cow at the fair at the age of eight and this weekend, he taught our reporter Candace Hopkins how to milk a cow by hand. He says making sure his grandchildren carry on the showing practice has always been a priority.

"Sixteen or 17 have been here showing. One is only three-years-old, another one is five that hasn't, but they want to be here and they want to be showing, it's a tradition and they just love it," Ripley said.

Ripley Farms is located in the Town of Summer Hill in Cayuga County. They produce 30,000 pounds of milk every day.

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