Dairy Cows, Baby Calves and Ice Cream…See you at the Indiana State Fair!

By Kimmi Devaney

It’s State Fair time! For many, this brings to mind images of greasy food and ferris wheels. But for me, I can’t wait to visit the dairy barn! I grew up showing dairy cows and still do on occasion, so the fair was always vacation for us. Take a stroll through the dairy barn and you will see cows of all colors and sizes. All six breeds—Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Holsteins, Jerseys and Milking Shorthorns—will be represented.

‘Must See’ Fair Activities 2011:

Purdue University hosts the “Pet a Calf” exhibit in the dairy barn where fairgoers can visit with some young calves. If you have never seen cows in person before, this needs to be on your list of fair activities.

Catch the 4H or open class dairy show throughout the week of August 13-17 for a display of some of Indiana’s finest dairy cows. Not able to make it to the fair during the show? No problem. You can still visit with showmen and dairy farmers in the barn and ask them questions about dairy farming and their cows.

If educational displays are more your thing, you will want to check out the dairy displays in the Our Land Pavillion building. We will have an old milk truck from Smith Dairy, a display about how the dairy industry has reduced their carbon footprint by 41% since 1944 and lots of information about dairy farming and dairy products.

And of course, what fair is complete without a delicious milk shake or ice cream cone? The Dairy Bar has just what you are craving. New on the menu this year is our Grilled PepperJack on Sour Dough, a grilled cheese sandwich with a kick to it.

Grab a milk shake from the Dairy Bar and take the family for a stroll through the Dairy Barn. See you at the fair!

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