Benefit planned for Korona farm

BROADALBIN – A Broadalbin tavern will hold a benefit Aug. 31 to help a local dairy farm.

Trina Holt, owner of Finnigan’s Bar and Restaurant in the village, is planning a benefit for the Korona Dairy Farm on Aug. 31.

Holt said the benefit would raise money to support the dairy farm, which lost its barn and some cattle after a fire July 18.

According to Holt, the Korona farm was next to her parent’s dairy farm when she was a child. When their barn collapsed 20 years ago, the Koronas were one of many who turned out to help Holt’s parents.

“The Koronas really stepped up and helped them,” Holt said. “It’s a small community; everybody knows everybody.”

Holt said the benefit will begin at 11 a.m. with a motorcycle run, before returning to the bar. Raffles and auctions are planned, along with a barbecue and music.

Holt said the benefit is still being planned and a sponsor is being sought. Profits from the benefit go to the Koronas.

Stanley Korona, the owner of the farm, said the family is still planning on rebuilding the barn, and is still working on the details and waiting on the insurance money.

“It isn’t quite settled yet,” Korona said.

Korona said he is happy to see all the support he has been receiving since the fire. Previously, Korona said the family was not sure what to do with the business, but said they did not plan on selling the cattle,

The fire, which destroyed the barn and severely damaged two silos, killed an estimated 25 to 30 cows, Korona said.

Perth Volunteer Fire Department Chief Pete Watrobski said due to the damage to the barn at Korona Dairy Farm, the exact cause of the electrical fire or its point of origin could not be determined.

Based on what remains of the barn and the reports of people on the scene, the department is listing the fire as electrical, he said.