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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -
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
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
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
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)
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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