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December 13, 2012

Cider Mill to be featured on TV

FLY CREEK

Tune in tonight to see The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard featured on RFD-TV’s “Small Town Big Deal.”

Host Rodney Miller and the filming crew visited the facility in September to film the segment, which will air at 9:30 p.m. 

The segment was filmed during peak cider making with Miller participating in production, according to a media release from the mill. The crew filmed the entire cider process from start to finish and interviewed owners Bill and Brenda Michaels and visitors touring the mill that day. 

The show found out about the Mill through the executive producer, Roger Mahr, who grew up in Canajoharie and still owns a farm there. Mahr and Miller created “Small Town Big Deal” to showcase real slices of rural Americana for viewers to see the history and meaning of growing up in the country, the release stated.

“We are really proud to be featured by this national broadcast,” Bill said in the release. “Hopefully this episode will entice more people to visit us in Fly Creek.”

While at the mill in September, Miller said, “We’re always looking for something that’s a real slice of Americana,” Miller explained. “To me (the Fly Creek Cider Mill) is a real slice of Americana. This shows some history. We want to preserve that history. We also want to give what it means to grow up in rural America.”

The roots of “Small Town, Big Deal” started to grow about seven years ago.

“When I was the CEO of Montana Tractors, the marketing firm wanted me to do some of the commercials,” Miller said. “I got in front of the camera and really enjoyed it. I collected antique tractors, and I thought I’d like to have an antique tractor show at some time.”

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