2012 Indiana State Fair Presents Year of Dairy Cows

By Michelle Plummer

August is almost here!  I can hardly wait; all year long the American Dairy Association Team has brainstormed, developed, planned, replanned and NOW we can finally tell you some of the fun details and show you some of the fun places you can see Dairy that you may not have thought of before this blog.

So now that the fair is planned, how can you be or get involved?  Here is an overview–

If you travel 465E and go past the Certa Pro paint building, be sure to look for this-

Be sure to cast your vote for the 2012 State Fair Food contest!  From the stuffed cannoli, cheese squares, spaghetti and meat ball sundae, beer cheese dipping sauce, a caramel corn sundae or something called the Moo Chew meal which is a Lemon Chiller milkshake and a Pepper Jack and American grilled cheese combo!  Follow the link and vote for your favorite…I know my favorite!

Riley Fun Park hosts the Fuel Up to Play 60 tent– if you don’t know about the joint effort between the NFL and the Dairy team, mark your calendar for August 12 to help us help the Colts kick off their new season, prizes, players, fun and more!

These links can help you register to enter your favorite smoothie contest; this is for all ages and ideas!  Bring your best idea, blend it up and let the judge’s enjoy!

Kids’ Favorite Dairy Smoothie Contest

Giant Cookie Contest!

Calling all Artists…from 5 to 95! Enter the BIG Cookie Decorating Contest. Ellison Bakery will provide each contestant a giant plain cookie to decorate. Select one of two themes for your design: 1) Year of Dairy Cows, or 2) Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit.  ….and of course milk will be served!

Daily at 6:00 pm at the Dairy Bar join a storyteller as they read Buttercups Big Adventure, just in time to see the float and wave to Buttercup and her friends in the parade.  Buttercup’s book will be available for sale at the Gazebo—a great way to begin a new tradition for your young fair goers!

And you really will want to plan plenty of time for the Cattle Barn!  This year there will even more activities than before, learn about Robotic milking, talk to a Dairy Farmer about his daily chores and farm activities, Pet-a-Calf, touch the different styles of bedding and feed to provide the best in cow comfort!

This is only a small view of what is in store daily to show the Hoosier Spirit of the Indiana Dairy Farmers, be sure to schedule time to visit the fair several times….you don’t want to miss anything!  See you at the Fair!  There is dairy fun all around the fair!

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