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Published April 30, 2010, 10:18 AM

May Fair event planned for Mother’s Day

The first annual May Fair Event and Sale will not only be a fun time on Mother’s Day, but it will also benefit the kids in the Dairy Project.

By: Laura Kruse, New Richmond News

The first annual May Fair Event and Sale will not only be a fun time on Mother’s Day, but it will also benefit the kids in the Dairy Project.

The May Fair is on Sunday, May 9, in the Commercial Building of the St. Croix County Fairplex, 210 Fair Grounds Road, Glenwood City. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with entertainment by The Memories starting at 1 p.m.

Included in the day’s activities are kids events and hot food. Donations including salon packages, sports tickets, Bonnie Mohr prints, gift certificates, farm equipment and more will be auctioned in both live and silent auctions.

Also up for purchase will be high quality dairy heifers and embryo packages and semen from popular sires, donated from leading county breeders. About 15-20 individuals and companies donated to this portion of the auction.

“The dairy heifer, embryo and semen donations are very impressive,” said Jake Krushcke, volunteer.

“The community is working very hard and made a tremendous commitment to the event’s success,” said Chris Libbey, volunteer.

Proceeds of the event will go toward constructing a new dairy barn at the Fairplex. Costs are estimated at $350,000-$400,000. About a fourth of the costs have been committed, and all of the engineering is ready, said Libbey.

“The minute we have the funds the building can begin,” he said.

The dairy project is the largest at the St. Croix County Fair, with 250 animals exhibited last year.

The dairy project’s popularity and growth can be attributed to a few factors, Libbey said. The junior dairyman class allows kids in first and second grades to try the project.

“Each year this class, sponsored by the Holstein Association, matches 20-30 first and second grade 4-H members with a hands on opportunity to show a calf at the county fair, often leading to ongoing project participation,” said Terry Mitchell, of Ter-Rae Farms. All kids in the program earn a blue ribbon and gain experience in showing large animals.

The dairy management project is another factor in the program’s popularity, Libbey said. 4-H kids who don’t have access to dairy cows are loaned animals to use for the project by local dairy farmers.

There’s a high perceived value to the project too, Libbey said.

With the continuing popularity of the program, space in the dairy barn is getting short.

Two new buildings, being planned and fundraised for through a joint effort of the St. Croix County Fair Inc., 4-H County Dairy Committee and Friends of the Fairplex, will house the anticipated participation in the dairy project. One barn will be built in the near future; the other will wait until more funds are available and priorities at the time.

The new dairy barn will feature better ventilation. It will also have a milking parlor that will allow spectators to watch easily.

For more information about the May Fair event, or to make a donation, call Todd Doornink at 715-760-0216 or Libbey at 715-246-5626.