CCE-Steuben Annual Gala

Bring the whole family to an old fashioned BBQ!
Support CCE-Steuben at their annual fundraiser
and learn about berries!

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County invites you to this year’s fundraising event, the CCE Backyard BBQ & Pie Contest, on Friday, June 2 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, 59 West Pulteney Square, Corning. They are celebrating the fact that agriculture is a $6 billion industry in New York State. The state ranks #2 in the nation for apples, #3 for wine and grapes, #4 for tart cherries, and #8 for strawberries. The event is highlighting fruit, because eating fruit provides nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body, and those who eat more fruits and vegetables are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

Everyone can get involved by entering the Fruit Pie Contest which is open to all amateur bakers. There will be an adult division for those 17 and older as well as a junior division for those ages 8-16. A panel of celebrity judges including Steuben County Legislator Hilda Lando and WENY Reporter Cody Carlson will be taste testing the pies for overall taste and appearance as well as for the quality of the pastry and the filling. The top three pies in each category will be awarded prizes. Complete details and registration form can be found at

Special presentations about local fruit production will focus on berries. Come learn about the importance of berry production to our economy, innovative production methods, how to grow fruit at home, and the fun after harvest! How many ways can you use your berries? Find out more about local berry production at the presentation and learn how you and your family can enjoy fruit all season long!

Pat Monahan of Heritage Village will deliver a short talk at the schoolhouse on the 5 R’s, and the entire family can enjoy some old fashioned games including Shut the Box, old time checkers and milk bottle toss. Pat Kane of West o’Clare Music will entertain with his ballads of the Southern Tier from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the 1820-1870 Starr Barn. This seasoned showman was raised in the traditions of the Grange and of his Irish family on his farm in the hill country of the Canisteo River. Visit all the village buildings and watch a blacksmith fashion his metal in the 1870’s Cooley Blacksmith Shop, and the women cooking over the old hearth stove in Sarah’s Kitchen. A scrumptious barbecue dinner will be prepared by Coco’s Café.

A feature of this annual event is a silent auction of numerous baskets to benefit CCE-Steuben programs. Cornell Cooperative Extension is a statewide network of non-profit Associations providing hands-on, research-based educational programs for farmers, families and youth to empower them to make appositive difference in their lives and communities. Our programs span every discipline like providing the latest research to assist our farmers with producing the best crops possible, offering financial budgeting assistance to families in need, teaching food stamp recipients how to best stretch their food dollar while eating healthier, and encouraging our youth through 4-H programs to be better citizens. You can view some of our programs on our website at

Tickets for the Backyard BBQ event are now on sale. Cost is $20 for those 16 and older and $10 for ages 5-15. Reserve tickets by calling 607-664-2300 or online at  


Carla Dawejko
Public Affairs Coordinator
(607) 583-3224

Last updated May 22, 2017