Bovina Bicentennial
July 31 & August 1, 2021

The Town of Bovina was created on February 25, 1820 by an act of the state legislature. Plans are well underway to celebrate this anniversary in 2020. The celebration started with a birthday party at the community hall on the town's actual birthday, Tuesday, February 25, at 6 pm. Over eighty people attended, with lots of food and a Bovina birthday cake made by Lisa Stanton.

It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone the Bovina Bicentennial celebration until next year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation too unsettled to move ahead this summer. Travel restrictions likely will continue for some time to come – several people already have indicated that they are changing their plans to travel to Bovina in 2020. And while a celebration would be a great tonic this summer, it would be hard to carry it out while worrying about people’s health and safety. By waiting a year, we are hoping that Bovina’s big birthday party can take place in a more joyful atmosphere. We are planning on July 31/August 1, 2021 for the rescheduled celebration.

In the meantime, stay safe and stay tuned as we explore options for having some form of a virtual celebration during 2020.


The big celebration will take place the weekend of July 31 and August 1, 2021. The venue will be McIntosh's flat next to the creamery. The tentative schedule for July 31 will include:

o Parade - 10 am (floats will be on display throughout the afternoon)
o Food/vendors under the tent - starting at noon
o Children's games - afternoon
o Butter making demonstration
o Blacksmith demonstration
o Spinning demonstration
o Vintage baseball game - 2 pm
o Evening music program - 7 pm

On Sunday, August 1, we will have a potluck community picnic under the tent to wrap up the weekend.


We will be looking for floats and other entries for the parade (antique cars, bicycles, horses, anything parade worthy). Parade entry rules will be posted in due course.


We also will have a photo contest, focusing on sharing historic photos of Bovina - people, events and places. The rules will be posted in due course.


To mark Bovina's bicentennial, a group of our community's knitters are making an afghan to be donated to the town. The project involves 30 knitting squares, each in a different pattern. It's brought a group of folks together, some for the first time. The knitting crew includes: Christine Batey, Jan Bray, Linda Dunne, Lori Glavin, Peg Hilson, Susan Muther, Sangeeta Pratap, and Susan Yelavich, who is coordinating the project.

If you are interested in helping or wish to provide financial support, please contact Ray LaFever at 607-832-4609 or at We are going to need volunteers to help with the planning and during the big celebration day. Join us in celebrating this milestone for the Town of Bovina.

Town of Bovina Bicentennial Posters - Painting of ‘Brushland’ – 1888 by Jack Elliott

Large – 18 x 24 - $60 each
Small – 12 x 18 - $15 each

All proceeds to benefit the Town of Bovina Bicentennial Fund. Make checks out to “Town of Bovina”
Contact Ray LaFever for further information.


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