For Immediate Release.
Agriculture Harmonizes With Community During Jefferson County Dairy Parade
Watertown NY. On June 2, agriculture will harmonize with the Watertown NY community when Northern Blend Chorus steps onto Washington street to bring their barbershop style a cappella harmony to the Jefferson County Dairy Parade. The 35 member chorus will perform several songs during a 15 minute set in front of the Dulles State Office Building prior to the arrival of the dairy parade. The performance begins at approximately 6:45pm and will be visible to the public around the Dulles State Office building and the hotel across the street. Just after 7pm, as the dairy parade has started down Washington Street from Watertown High School, Northern Blend Chorus will perform their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. This special event is sponsored by Wood Farms LLC of Cape Vincent NY, an outstanding family-owned dairy farm. Black Shoe Production/Builders is providing audio support and NBC Watertown will provide a livestream and on-air broadcast. The Jefferson County Dairy Parade is a production of Jefferson County Economic Development and the Jefferson County Agricultural Promotion Board.
Northern Blend Chorus, a chapter of Harmony Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, was recently named international chorus champions at the 2022 International Convention and Contests in Verona, New York. The chorus consists of women from all over Northern New York, the Southern Tier, and Canada, and represents a wide range of musical backgrounds, professions, and ages. Northern Blend competes annually at the Area (regional) and international (USA & Canada) competitions, and consistently places in the top five out of almost 60 choruses in Harmony, Incorporated. Northern Blend performs under the direction of Katie Taylor and rehearses 7 pm Mondays at Stone Presbyterian Church, 140 Chestnut Street, Watertown. Members of all ages, races, identities, and musical backgrounds are welcome to join them at any time to share their music here in the North Country. For more information, visit www.northernblendchorus.homestead.com.
Jay Matteson, producer of the Jefferson County Dairy Parade and Agricultural Coordinator for Jefferson County Economic Development said, “We are always trying to keep the dairy parade fresh and exciting for our friends in the community. The parade is a chance for our farmers and the public to come together and enjoy a celebration of who we are, where we live and all the great things we have in NNY.” The theme for the 2023 Dairy Parade is “Red, White and Moo, a celebration of Rural America!” The parade is Friday June 2, 2023 and commences with the performance of Northern Blend Chorus at 6:45pm at the Dulles State Office Building and the parade begins at 7PM from Watertown High School, traveling down Washington Street past the State Office Building onto Clinton Street. For more information visit www.agricultureevents.com