LANSING — Lots of “dairy” fun takes place Wednesday, July 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Great Dairy Adventure held at the at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock. This event is geared to families, daycare centers, summer camps and anyone who wants to learn more about dairy farming and sample free ice cream and other dairy products. Pack up the kids, a camera and the picnic basket, and head out to the MSU Pavilion for a “dairy” fun-filled day!
Attendees will have a chance to try milking a cow, create a variety of craft projects, experiment with dairy recipes, pet baby calves and learn about the steps milk takes on its journey from cow to grocery store to family table. There will be samples of dairy foods, giveaways, and hands-on activities teaching the nutritional benefits of dairy foods. MSU student athletes will also be on hand for autographs.
“The Great Dairy Adventure is a fun and family-friendly activity for people of all ages,” says Sharon Toth, CEO of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Michigan’s dairy farmers are committed to sharing their love of dairy and answering questions about where milk comes from.”
Attendees will learn about the steps milk takes on its journey from cow to grocery store, and have a chance to ask dairy industry experts questions about how milk is produced and processed into several types of dairy products. There will be samples of milk, ice cream and cheese.
After learning how cows are cared for and how the milk gets from the farm to you, join everyone for a Fun Run! Dairy is part of a healthy diet, and being active for 60 minutes each day is important for our overall health. Fun Runs take place at the top of each hour from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sparty will join the run scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
The Great Dairy Adventure is part of the annual Michigan Dairy Expo, which takes place July 17-21. Students from 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the state take part in educational skills contests during the week, and hundreds of cows will be exhibited by their owners in various breed shows.
The Great Dairy Adventure is a collaborative program of Michigan State University Extension, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, the MSU Department of Animal Science, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan Farm Bureau, dairy farm families, and other dairy partners.
If you go:
MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock
4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI
(located on southwest corner of Mt. Hope Road and Farm Lane)
Parking, admission and all activities are free. Picnic areas can be set up on the lawn around the MSU Pavilion and MSU Concessions will be open. All activities take place inside the Pavilion and all events are handicap accessible. The entire event is held inside, rain or shine!
Do you need more information? Contact Carla McLachlan at (517) 432-5402 and visit the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) website.
— United Dairy Industry of Michigan
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