Don’t Miss Your Last Chance To See The Indiana State Fair Year of Dairy Cows!

By Kimmi Devaney

If you haven’t been to the Indiana State Fair yet this year you still have a few more days to join in the fun.  Wherever you go on the fairgrounds you are bound to learn more about why milk is good for you, how dairy farmers take care of their animals and land, and why dairy is good for the economy. There is fun at every turn!

Take the kids over to the Fuel Up to Play 60 tent in the Riley Fun Park for fun games and physical activities. While you are on that side of the fairgrounds, check out all that Pioneer Village has to offer. The Normandy Barn has an exhibit all about dairy cows that you won’t want to miss.

Getting hungry? Head to the dairy bar for a delicious (and economical) lunch of scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches, creamy milk shakes, fresh milk and more. We also have a kids meal for the little ones with grilled cheese, milk, apples and a prize.

Learn more about the nine essential nutrients in milk at our interactive display in the new DuPont Food Pavilion (formerly Our Land Pavilion) and our cheese sculpture. This year’s sculpture features various dairy products, the six major breeds of dairy cattle, Fuel Up to Play 60 and of course, the queen of the fair—Buttercup!! Buttercup is our mascot and is featured in many, many places throughout the fairgrounds. The sculpture, carved by Cheese Lady Sarah Kaufmann, is carved out of 2,000 pounds of cheese!

Unfortunately, the dairy cows left yesterday, but we still have plenty of interactive dairy farming activities to help you learn more about our Indiana dairy farmers. There are local dairy farmers on hand every day between 2 and 5 p.m. in the foyer of the cattle barn/West Pavilion to answer your questions about dairy farming and the dairy industry while playing the wheel of dairy. Waiting in line for the wheel of dairy? Check out the new videos from local dairy farmers on the computer kiosks.

I hope you will join us for the last few days of the Year of Dairy Cows!

One Response

  1. LOVED the Year of the Dairy Cow! Might be because my oldest showed her first dairy calves in 4-H this year. Dairy ROCKS! Thanks to all those dairy farmers and workers out there going 24/7 to give us healthy, nutritious food.

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