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WHEREAS, cider was a colonial beverage enjoyed by not only our forefathers, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington, but also the common farmer, lawyer, butcher and soldier; and
WHEREAS, orchards were planted by early settlers and colonials to provide apples to ferment for the production of cider; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is the 6th largest apple-producing state by acreage in the United States, and cider is a value-added product of apples, which supports an existing industry in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, agriculture is the state’s largest industry, with an economic impact of $70 billion annually; and
WHEREAS, agritourism is a growing component of Virginia’s tourism industry; and
WHEREAS, the cider industry in Virginia has experienced significant growth, with over 26 cideries started since 2006, several wineries and breweries producing cider, and multiple prospective cideries currently being planned; and
WHEREAS, the production of cider nationwide increased tenfold over the last ten years; and
WHEREAS, the House of Delegates and the Senate passed House Joint Resolution 105 in 2012 to designate the full week before Thanksgiving as Virginia Cider Week in Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 17-24, 2019, as VIRGINIA CIDER WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.