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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


Fall 2001 Issue

By Constance Young

"All Good News from the Columbia County Fair"

These positive words were Joan Zacharias’ assessment of her five long days and nights managing her extraordinary booth at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham, New York.  I was there for the opening day’s events, and the positive vibes were palpable.

Joan, for the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society — Columbia Greene Chapter, had — hands down, the best booth at the fair. There were more gorgeous giveaways at her table than at any other booth.

Fairgoers were delighted with the free animal posters and balloons for the kids (tomorrow’s veggies).  A great favorite were the free veggie and fruit pens (carrots, peas, peppers, and bananas).  The table was overflowing with books, T-shirts, and cuddly pig and cat toys for sale.  Fairgoers also picked through racks of health related free literature from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and gathered vegetarian starter packs and other issue-specific free literature.

Joan had a prepared teacher’s pack, a press pack, and a life science instructor’s pack at the ready. As a special surprise, Penelope Pea Pod made two appearances at the booth and strolled the Fairgrounds handing out veggie literature and free Pea Pod Pens.  (Photo-left: Penelope Pea Pod strutting down the Midway, handing out "101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian" along with our green pea pens. Kids (of all ages) loved her.)

Joan added that she was happy to help a number of area chefs who visited the booth asking for vegetarian recipes.  Probably owing to the high energy and just plain good fun at the booth, vendors at the hot-dog selling American Legion booth, just across the way, offered to prepare veggie hot dogs for the MHVS Columbia Greene Chapter people on the Legions’ buns. The vendors for the Legion also said that they would try out the veggie dogs themselves for possible use at the next Fair.

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