The Pennsylvania Holstein Association’s 100th Anniversary celebration Nov. 8-10 will highlight the last century of purebred Holsteins in Pennsylvania at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College, Pa.
Here are brief descriptions of the key parts of the weekend:
Amazing Grazing — The weekend will open with an evening buffet. The 100th Anniversary Quilt and the “Peaceful Pastures of Pennsylvania” painting, featuring the state’s seven famous cows, will be on display.
Silent Auction — This will be held throughout the celebration. Some early items include unusual milk jugs, rare cow photos, historical books and calendars, a handmade wood table and a milk stanchion lamp. To contribute to the Silent Auction, call Diane Cashell at 717-477-8017.
Fireside Chats — This will be a time Saturday for reminiscing, storytelling, listening and asking questions as it pertains to cows, activities and membership. There will be 10 panels with many state Holstein leaders and members participating, each session lasting an hour.
Memorabilia — A room will be set aside for historical items from Holstein breeders’ private collections. To contribute memorabilia for display, call June Boyer at 717-225-5240.
Looking to the Future — The Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association will host the closing breakfast on Sunday, providing a glimpse of the its activities through the years and how it will continue that legacy.
Free Exchange Room — A room will be set up to display and, if the donor wishes, to give away or trade historical magazines, bull books and other interesting Holstein items.
Cows, Farms, Families — A coffee table hard cover book highlighting the last century with photos, county histories, activities, famous cows and influential sires will be available for $50 during the celebration. Books also can be shipped, but there will be an additional charge.
Labor of Love for the Holstein Cow — The 100th anniversary quilt started with a pattern, a kit of fabric, creative minds designing each detail and endless hours of labor. Quilters Mary Jane Stoltzfus of Berlin, Pa., and Reba Yoder of Elverson, Pa., have designed and quilted numerous “cow quilts” through their years as Holstein members.
Commemorative Merchandise — Note cards featuring squares of the commemorative quilt made by Stoltzfus and Yoder, signed prints, giclee prints and note cards of a cow painting by Debbie Cornman and gift-boxed crystal paperweights will be available.
Anniversary Gala and Banquet — The weekend festivities will culminate Saturday evening with a gala reception and banquet, featuring dedicated Holstein folks looking back and taking a bow for their years of service to the Association, along with an auction of the 100th Anniversary quilt and the famous cows of Pennsylvania painting.
Ticket orders are due Oct. 25. For more information, visit www.paholsteins.com.