Dairy Day at the Mooseum features parade of cows

Wisconsin State Farmer
Dairy Day at the MOOseum at the Hoard Historical Museum on Saturday, June 3 includes a dairy cooking contest, dairy treats, dairy games and dairy crafts along with the chance to see all seven dairy breeds at the event and enjoy the cow parade at 1:30 p.m.

FORT ATKINSON – The third annual Dairy Day at the MOOseum event at the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3. 

The free event features a parade of cows and calves from all seven dairy breeds, a baking contest, games, educational displays, free dairy samples and more.

The 1:30 p.m. parade will include Holsteins, Red and Whites, Guernseys, Jerseys, Ayrshires, Milking Shorthorns and Brown Swiss. During the cow parade, an announcer will talk about the characteristics of the dairy breeds and share fun facts about each animal.

Children will have an opportunity to have their faces painted with a cow motif, and there will be an area for children and families to take their photos with a calf or cow. 

There will be dairy-related games for both children and adults, including trivia games, four-legged cow races, wheelbarrow races, egg toss, Day-in-the Life-of-a-Farmer relay races and more. 

A dairy cooking contest with a dessert theme will feature foods made with two or more dairy products. Entries can be dropped off at the museum between 10 and 11:15 a.m. June 3.  For contest rules, visit the museum or go to hoardmuseum.org

John Klettke, who has been featured in Toy Farmer magazine, will bring his 20-foot diorama that shows the history of farming through the decades. Visitors also can see the diorama of the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm built by Klettke that is a permanent exhibit in the National Dairy Shrine Museum.

There will be educational displays about the dairy industry and free samples of milk, cheese and ice cream will be available. Area businesses and non-profits have donated prizes, food and supplies for the event. 

The Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine Museum are free and open to the public 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and are located at 401 Whitewater Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.  

For more information, contact the museums at 920-563-7769 or hoardmuseum.org.