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Published June 27, 2009, 12:00 AM

Pierce County Dairy Breakfast, 2009

The Dale & Amy Bechel family played host to several hundred people for a waffle breakfast on a rainy Saturday, June 27th

A large display of antique tractors attracted visitors, despite morning showers.

  • A large display of antique tractors attracted visitors, despite morning showers.
  • As Cal Lueck pours another waffle on one his 25 irons, diners lined up for a menu that also included sliced cheese, Kemps chocolate milk, Swiss Miss puddings, coffee and complimentary Culver's custard in cones.<br /><br /><br /><br />More diners
  • Wisconsin's newest 'Alice in Dairyland', Cheryl O'Brien from Prairie du Chien, arrived about 7:30 a.m. to help with dairy promotion efforts. O'Brien, a UW-Madison journalism graduate, began her reign in early June as Wisconsin's agricultural ambassador. Alice greets Dairy Promotion Committee members Dale Hines, Lanette Harsdorf and Mary Brand. Photos by Steve Dzubay.
  • The Bechels emptied- and spruced up a large machine shed to host guests at Saturday's breakfast.
  • Miss Elmwood, Mary LaFlex, takes a waffle from Cal Lueck, owner of Dad's Belgian Waffles, who catered the June dairy event. Pierce Dairy Promotion Committee organizers were prepared for up to 400 people.
  • Among the tractors on display was this colorful redecoration of a John Deer narrow-front, decked out for the Fourth of July.
  • Annette Langer, Ellsworth, co-chair of the apparel committee for the upcoming 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, shows off the newest show souvenirs -- stuffed Holsteins, horses and pigs -- at her dairy breakfast display. Sales of the toys, shirts, hats and tote bags will help pay for the show next July.
  • The Bechel family -- Marcella, Dave & Amy, Ashton, Mariah, Shelby, Eric, Jaci and Braeden -- hosted the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 27th.
  • Along with coffee, diners were offered Kemps milk and Swiss Miss dairy puddings.
  • Pierce County Dairy Promotion committee members prepare to give away another round of door prizes. From left, Pierce County Extension ag agent Greg Andrews, Dale Hines. Lanette Harsdorf and Mary Brand.
  • Beth Ingli, left, and Marsha Shafer teamed beneath an outdoor tent to cook pork links for the breakfast.
  • Volunteers shuttled breakfast-goers from a hayfield parking lot to the machine shed for breakfast.
  • Megan Gaerets, 13, shares her Mini Rex rabbit with Lindsey Skogen, 8, right, of Elmwood. Megan is a member of the Rock Elm Skyrockets 4-H club.
  • Distant lightning and constant rainfall didn't discourage folks from attending the dairy breakfast.
  • Dean Bergseng's 1952 Allis-Chalmers provides a colorful stage for signage promoting next summer's big ag-technology show at the Roger & Bev Peterson farm outside River Falls.