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April 10, 2014

Cider Mill opens today for 158th season

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Michaels said the amount of visitors that come during this time of year is sometimes dependent on the weather.

“On a nice sunny day people want to get out and we’re a nice destination to drive to,” Michaels continued.

Fly Creek Cider Mill is one of the six stops along the beverage trail in Cooperstown. The other stops include: Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Rustic Ridge Winery and Butternuts Beer and Ale.

Michaels said there are many events to attend this season at the mill including the second annual CiderRun on Apr. 26. The CiderRun is a 5K/10K run and 3K walk which benefits the Otsego and Delaware County Big Buddy mentoring program. For more information about this event or to register go to www.delawareopportunities.org.

The busy season does not start until Dreamspark opens, Michaels said.

“But there are regulars who come in for fudge and cheese that have waited for it all winter,” Michaels said.

Members of the flavorful rewards program were mailed $10 coupons and about 4500 coupons were sent out. These coupons have become part of the opening tradition and they expect to receive about a 1000 back, Michaels said.

Each member gets 10 rewards points for each dollar spent and there are about 25,000 members, Michaels said.

The Snack Barn will not open until late April or early May, depending on how warm it is, Michaels said.

The mill also has an extensive calendar of events planned for the season including in depth tastings of various product lines, said Michaels.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Apr. 10 and for the remainder of the season. For more information about events or products go to www.flycreekcidermill.com or call 607-547-9692.

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