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YORK, Pa. -- Rutter’s donated $55,000 to the non-profit York County Heritage Trust for the creation of a new interactive Rutter’s Dairy exhibit at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum here.
The exhibit will be modeled after the hands-on exhibit at the Rutter’s Discovery Center for Children, which opened last year at the Historical Society Museum in York, the company stated. The new exhibit will open in two phases, starting in the spring.
The exhibit will feature a life-sized model of a milking cow where children will be able to practice milking the fluid from its udders into an authentic stainless steel milking pail, the company stated. The second phase will introduce a children’s reading area and a bottling line, where a DVD will provide highlights of dairy farming history in York County, and an interactive timeline will display dates and facts including the year 1921, when brothers George and Bud Rutter sold their first eight quarts of milk from a horse-drawn wagon.
In addition, computer games will be added that challenge children to plan and manage a dairy farm and deliver milk to customers, and another allowing children to invent an ice cream flavor.
"We’re excited to bring a similar hands-on experience to the Rutter’s Dairy exhibit," Joan Mummert, president and CEO of the York County Heritage Trust, said in a statement. "It will bring to life an important, compelling piece of York County agricultural history."
Rutter’s Dairy, which began in 1921, serves customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware, and its Rutter’s Farm Stores, operates 54 convenience stores in central Pennsylvania and began in 1967 as an outlet for Rutter’s Dairy products, according to the company.
"As a family, we take great pride in the history of the Rutter’s name, which generations have grown up with," Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy, said in a statement. "It’s exciting for us to help make the Rutter’s exhibit a reality and to preserve York County’s farming history while promoting agriculture as an ongoing, vital part of our community."