Matt and Sarah Stumpf and their children (l-r) Amber, Autumn, and Austin are expecting to welcome more than 1,000 visitors to their family dairy farm for Calumet County’s 27th annual Sundae on a Dairy Farm on June 24.
Photo By Ray Mueller
Sixth and seventh generation Stumpfs hostingCalumet's 27th annual Dairy 'Sundae'
When the Stumpf Dairy farm hosts Calumet County's 27th annual "Sundae on a Dairy Farm" on Sunday, June 24, a special guest will be the life-sized fiberglass cow "Addie."
Addie will be traveling from neighboring Sheboygan County for the day. Addie provides simulated milking and she also moos.
In addition to attraction provided by the Sheboygan County Dairy Promotion Association, Wisconsin's 65th Alice in Dairyland Rochelle Ripp will be attending the Calumet County even, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Stumpf farm is at W4966 Manitowoc Road, just to the west off Highway 55 south of Kaukauna.
Other guests who will greet and meet visitors are Calumet County's Fairest of the Fair Gina Geiser, Junior Fairest of the Fair Mikayla TeBeest, and Farm Bureau princess Mickayla Mader.
Two clowns - Shamrock and Uncle Bobby - will also circulate in the crowd.
Activities throughout the day include butter churning by Henry and Hermmina Renn, rides on tractor-driven wagons, self-guided farm tours, a barnyard buddies puppet show by a Farm Bureau group, and tetanus shots provided by the Calumet County health nurses' office.
There will displays of red, white, and blue farm machinery, of a plastic cow stomach by Fox Valley Technical College, and of vehicles and equipment by the town of Harrison fire and rescue department.
Information booths will be set up by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, the Calumet County Fair Association, the Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program, the Calumet County Extension Service office, the county Resource Management (formerly Land and Water Conservation Department) office, the Salvation Army, and the Calumet County aquatic invasive species education program.
For the children, there will be a pedal tractor pull, a dairy promotion "fun fact" scavenger hunt, and a kids' zone area including a petting zoo, a Bouncy House, and a games carnival overseen by the Urban Achievers 4-H Club.
The day's menu consists of cups of a variety of cheeses, ice cream sundaes, more than 2,000 containers of chocolate and white milk - all provided by the Calumet County dairy promotion committee.
The county's Farm Bureau chapter will prepare and sell grilled cheese sandwiches, bratwursts, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers.
Live music will be played by the local "Cahoots" band. Area dairy farmer Don Mielke will be the master of ceremonies, which will include introduction of the host family at noon.
The host family - Matt and Sarah Stumpf and their children Amber, Autumn, and Austin - represent the sixth and seventh generations since the Stumpf family began farming in the area alone in 1875.
The Stumpfs have a Grade A milking herd of 50 head and 90 dairy replacement cattle. They crop 190 acres of owned or rented land on which they raise alfalfa, corn, oats, soybeans, and winter wheat.
Matt Stumpf, who is one of eight children, and Sarah began the purchase of the dairy farm from his parents Paul and Ruth in 2004. The children, who have been home-schooled, have daily chores on the family farm.
Support for the 27th annual event, in the form of financial or in-kind contributions, has been provided by more than 60 area businesses, organizations, and individuals.