The Dairy Parade packs Washington Street

June 8—WATERTOWN — Washington Street was filled with people Friday evening celebrating all things dairy at the annual Jefferson County Dairy Parade.

There were 65 total entries in the parade, Jay Matteson, Jefferson County agricultural coordinator and Jefferson County deputy CEO of economic development, said earlier in the week.

The parade began with first responders from the Watertown Police Department, the City of Watertown Fire Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

It also ended with first responders from the Philadelphia and Rodman fire departments.

During the parade, people could also enjoy free dairy products, including ice cream and milk.

Tom Misercola, a participant in the Watertown parade, said he was looking forward to seeing his grandson in the Belleville-Henderson Central School District marching band.

“We haven’t missed a parade with him yet,” he said.

Misercola said he wouldn’t miss the parade for anything, even if the rain didn’t stop.

“It’s nice to finally see a bunch of people out, you know, because the world is a little crazy, so it’s a good opportunity for everyone to get out and enjoy the night,” he said. -he declares.

He said he was also looking forward to seeing the tractors hit the road.

Lois Herman of the Watertown area was at the parade to see her granddaughter, Katherine Rastley, as the 2024 Dairy Ambassador for Jefferson County.

She said she was very proud of her granddaughter and had a lot of work to do.

“Some people don’t know about the dairy industry in Jefferson County and she’s very interested in it herself,” she said.

Herman said she comes every year, but admits this year means a little more.

Alyssa Waite, of the Adams Center, said she was friends with Matteson and that she and her family enjoyed seeing different aspects of the parade.

She said they also try to attend the parade every year and she and her family look forward to listening to the music.

Matteson said earlier in the week that it was a celebration of all things agriculture, a $1.7 billion industry in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties.

The Watertown Daily Times’ first coverage of a dairy parade in Watertown was in June 1967.

Planning for next year’s event will begin next week.

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