So many people came for a chopper ride and supported our fundraiser! We finished corn harvest 2023 after only three weeks and raised over $5,500! Wow! It was great to meet so many new people and share our harvest process with them as well as lots of family and friends! To all who rode and all who donated THANK YOU!!
This year a cancer diagnosis hit close to home. In March 2023 the patriarch of our harvest program, "Papa Randy" or "Poppy,” was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We were shocked and devastated by this diagnosis, but are rallying to support him. He is fighting hard and isn't about to let the disappointment of his diagnosis and the challenges of treatment keep him out of the chopper seat, as our primary operator! Anyone who knows Randy, knows he is an efficiency expert, gifted equipment operator, eager to educate, an incredible friend, devoted to his family, beloved by his grandkids and always the life of the party! He is excited to share his love of farming, and an insider view of corn harvest from command central while supporting a cause that is important to us all. We promise a chopper ride sitting by his side will be an experience you will never forget!
Chopping corn is an exciting experience for all the senses. The chopper is massive, and corn harvest is a well choreographed operation with lots of moving parts, and an incredible team of people working together to put up quality crops to feed our cows. In the cab of the chopper there is a "buddy seat" that allows for one rider at a time, to sit alongside Randy as he navigates the giant machine, eating up the tall corn as it drives through the field, while simultaneously communicating with the truck operators hauling the corn to and from the field. We are offering you an insider view, with Randy as the guide, in exchange for your support of two great causes: The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and The Glens Falls Hospital Foundation.
Each chopper ride will last approximately 30 minutes. Participants will park at the farm on Vaughn Road. Please enter and park at the main entrance by the farm sign. From there we will transport you to the field we are harvesting to meet up with Randy in the chopper for your ride! Fields are typically a short drive from the farm, and we may have to wait briefly to load into the chopper, so please plan for a one hour time block. We ask that riders ages 3-5 sit on the lap of an adult. Riders 6 and over can ride in the "buddy seat" independently.
We intend to offer chopper rides and accept donations through the duration of corn harvest (late September through most of October). When possible we will post available chopper ride bookings a week in advance doing our best to coordinate with the weather. If you do not see any available time slots check back regularly as we will always be adding time slots.
This is real farming, so we will be at the mercy of mother nature! While we are hopeful to schedule around the weather relying on an accurate 7-day forecast, occasionally we may have to cancel your ride due to the weather or an unforeseen equipment breakdown that will temporarily stall our corn harvest program. We will do our best to reschedule at a time that works for your schedule.
Waiver of Liability:
We will take many precautions to keep you safe; however, by donating and booking a time slot you are acknowledging that you recognize participation in the chopper ride and any corresponding activity identified above might be dangerous or hazardous to you. By donating and booking you agree to the fact that participation in a chopper ride and any corresponding activity can cause harm or injury to you. You release Ideal Dairy and its representatives from any liability, costs and damages which could arise from participation in the chopper ride and any corresponding activity. You agree to accept financial responsibility for any emergency and/or medical treatment that may arise from your participation in a chopper ride and any corresponding activity.
Attire and Face Covering
When walking through the field to get into the chopper it can be slightly muddy at times. Boots or easy to wash shoes and clothing are recommended.
Each participant will also be asked to wear a high-visibility safety vest that will be provided.
We also ask that participants wear masks or face coverings when entering the inside of the chopper for the duration of the ride. We will have disposable masks available or you may choose to bring your own.
Interested, but want to know a little more about what you are signing up for? Check out our 2022 corn harvest video for a clearer picture of the adventure!
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