Just west of the Green Mountain National Forest about an hour north of Albany, two generations of Nolans are raising a third to take as much pride as they do in the family’s prize-winning registered herd of Holsteins. Brothers Curtis, Shane and Ryan have all joined their parents, Michael and Donna, as partners in Kenyon Hill Farm, dividing tasks to complement each other. “Mom does the books and takes care of all the headaches,” Shane says. “I guess you can say she has the most important job.”
The county fair is an annual highlight for the Nolans; it even played a role in introducing Michael and Donna, who met more than 40 years ago after he bought cows from her father to show at the fair. The whole family, including the brothers’ wives and youngsters, go every August. “We basically move over there for the week,” says Curtis. Even though their sister, Courtney, married into another farm, she still joins them for the county fair.