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Dairy Fest has Something for Everyone
May 25, 2015

Area dairy producers invite you to enjoy free family events during the second Annual Dairy Fest Celebration held in Brookings, SD at the Swiftel Center June 5-6, 2015.

Dairy Fest is an annual event put on by dairy producers, processors and industry leaders to bring the community together to celebrate the dairy industry. This two-day event provides something for everyone, from youth to adults and will prove an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the dairy industry.

Dairy Fest Youth Carnival

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Friday June 5 with a carnival for youth groups to attend. The carnival is open until 2 p.m. Groups are requested to pre-register for this day of the carnival.  Group registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis, attendance is limited to 225. Contact Tracey Erickson at 605.882.5140 or email for the Dairy Fest Youth Carnival Group registration information.

Saturday, June 6 the Dairy Fest Youth Carnival opens up to the general public for attendance. Phil Baker will perform at 9 am and 11 am. The SD Dairy Princess will also be on hand to greet attendees. Youth and adults will rotate between carnival stations in a FUN environment learning about the dairy industry, starting at the farm all the way to the consumption of dairy products.This carnival is made up of several hands-on “myth busters” style learning stations set up throughout the Swiftel Center.

Stations will provide a wide range of activities from cheese making to feeding a baby calf. These activities are designed for youth between the ages of 5 and 14.


Cow to Cup 5K

Saturday June 6 begins with the second annual Cow to Cup 5K race a 7 a.m.  Runners will be able to refuel with a free bottle of chocolate milk following the race. Funds from the race will go to South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and the SDSU Dairy Club.

The preregistration cost is $25 which includes a t-shirt. Registration the day of the event is $35. To register visit the All Sports Central website.


Dairy Farm and Dairy Plant Tours

Another great opportunity on Saturday is a free bus tour of Hilltop Dairy. A modern dairy farm, just outside Brookings, these tours will take place from 9 a.m. and noon. Tour buses leave from the Swiftel Center in Brookings.

Besides the tour of Hilltop Dairy, the bus tour also includes an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the South Dakota State University Davis Dairy Plant where the famous ice cream is made.


Know Your Neighbor Open Forum

Have you ever had questions that you would like to ask a dairy farmer? Beginning at 10:30 a.m. June 6 the Know Your Neighbor open forum will take place.

All community members are encouraged to attend and ask questions to the dairy community and dairy farming neighbors. A free luncheon is open to the public following the forum.

This event is designed so attendees can go home knowing more about their dairy neighbors.

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