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Dairy Fest set for June 2-4 in Brookings, S.D.

BROOKINGS, S.D. - In celebration of Dairy Month, area dairy producers invite you to enjoy family-friendly events during Dairy Fest 2016 held in Brookings June 2-4, 2016. Most events are free and open to the public.

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Kaleidoscope (left) is one the Guernsey breed that Marshall and Melanie Korn are gravitating toward in their small dairy at Atwater, Minn. Photo by Mikkel Pates/Agweek

BROOKINGS, S.D. - In celebration of Dairy Month, area dairy producers invite you to enjoy family-friendly events during Dairy Fest 2016 held in Brookings June 2-4, 2016. Most events are free and open to the public.

The event will be held at the Swiftel Center in Brookings (824 32nd Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006).

"This three-day event is designed for all ages to learn about the multi-facets that make up the dairy industry," explained Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.
Darrel Rennich Dairy Fest Chairman added, "This event is truly unique as it brings together multiple facets of the industry to celebrate the nutrient-rich benefits of dairy products, and the many people - from farmers to processors to chefs - who play a role in delivering dairy to consumers."

Area dairy producers are participating in the event which celebrates their industry.
"As dairy farmers we enjoy the opportunity to share our dairy farming story, which is exactly what Dairy Fest is all about," said Nicolien Hammink, an area dairy producer and Dairy Fest committee member. "We like to let people know how well cows are cared for, you will be able to see this first-hand through the dairy farm tour."

Picowsa's of the Central Plains Contest

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Held June 4 at 10 a.m. at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006). Area 4-H, FFA and high school students are invited to submit their best art work in the Picowsa's of the Central Plains contest.

Each group may submit a painting on a 4 x 8 plywood panel showcasing their dairy artwork abilities. Their work will be displayed throughout June Dairy Month at Dairy Fest and other Brookings locations.

Awards will be given to the winning groups. The deadline to submit work is May 20, 2016. The artwork may be dropped off at the Swiftel Center on May 26, 27 or 31.

If you have questions, you may contact Darrel Rennich at ph. 605-695-3676.

Got Milk Gala June 2 at 6:30 pm.

The Got Milk Gala is the premier event, which will be held at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006).

The Got Milk Gala includes a five course meal, featuring locally produced cheese. Perfectly paired wine will complement the dairy flavor. While enjoying the meal, community and state leaders, area business owners, industry leaders and dairy producers will be sharing the importance of dairy to the surrounding area.

This year's keynote speaker will be Donna Moenning of the Center for Food Integrity, who is an SDSU alumnus.

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Moenning is an empowering speaker and trainer, having presented to hundreds of producers, university experts, industry representatives, agricultural youth, food companies and agriculture organizations through the years and across the United States.

Tickets are $125. To purchase a table or seat, please call 605-692-7539 by May 15, 2016.

Fork to Farm: Dairy Educational Event

Activities will start June 3 at the Swiftel Center (824 32nd Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006) followed by the tour at the SDSU Dairy Farm with session one running from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the second runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Youth are invited to attend the Fork to Farm Dairy Educational Event. Participants will learn how dairy cows produce milk and how milk is turned into dairy products. This hands-on event will include a tour of the SDSU Dairy Farm and the opportunity to make homemade ice cream. Participants will learn what cows eat, how milk is produced, what products are made from milk and career opportunities in the dairy industry.

These activities are designed for youth between the ages of 8 -12 years old.

Each session is two hours which includes 1 hour of classroom and 1 hour of touring at the SDSU Dairy Farm.

Daycare Centers and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Transportation and chaperones are not provided.

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The event is free for area youth groups.

Pre-registration is required and each session is limited to 60 participants. To sign up, contact Tracey Erickson at 605-882-5140 , or email at Tracey.Erickson@sdstate.edu . Space is limited.

Family Dairy Fest Carnival

The farm comes to you at the Dairy Fest Carnival June 4, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend.

Stop by the Swiftel Center in Brookings for several hands-on family friendly activities including: live animal petting of cows/calves, farmer relays, combine bouncy house, milk dunk tank, corn box, straw bale maze, 5 gallon pail stack, corn hole toss, bobbing for cheese sticks, cow chip putting, cow milking and more.

There will also be a HyVee "cooking with dairy" demonstration along with the opportunity to get your picture taken with the South Dakota Dairy Princess.

FREE SDSU Ice cream will be served until it's gone for carnival participants.
Cooking with Dairy Demonstrations

New this year, a HyVee dietitian will be hosting cooking demonstrations June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Swiftel Center, to demonstrate how to create a healthy, dairy-filled breakfast called Overnight Oats.

Recipe cards will be available for you to recreate this breakfast at home. The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday.

Cow to Cup 5K Fun Run/Walk

Cow to Cup 5K race will kick off the morning of June 4 with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the race starting at 8:30 a.m.

Registration day of the event is $35 or $30 if you register by June 3 at www.allsportscentral.com .

Funds from the race will go to South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and the SDSU Dairy Club. The preregistration cost includes a t-shirt.

SDSU Davis Dairy Plant Tours

Wondering how the SDSU ice cream is made? Join us Saturday, June 4 for a tour of the SDSU Davis Dairy Plant for a behind-the-scenes tour of how dairy products are made.
Tours will be given at 9 and 9:30 a.m. and buses will pick tour participants up at the Swiftel Center and will run continuously from 9 to10 a.m.

Lunch at Linde Dairy Farm

Join us Saturday, June 4 for a bus tour and grilled cheese lunch at Linde Dairy Farm near Brookings.

This tour will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Free transportation to the farm will be provided with buses leaving from the Swiftel Center and beginning at 10 a.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to see the workings of a modern dairy family farm.
For more information about Dairy Fest, please contact Darrel Rennich, 605-695-3676 .

Schedule of Events
Thursday, June 2
6:30 p.m. "Got Milk Gala"- Swiftel Center
Friday, June 3
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session 1: Fork to Farm: Dairy Educational Sessions
1:00- 3:00 p.m. Session 2: Fork to Farm: Dairy Educational Sessions
Saturday, June 4
8:00 a.m. Cup to Cow 5K Registration- Swiftel Center Parking Lot
8:30 a.m. Cup to Cow 5K Race Begins- Swiftel Center Parking Lot
9 & 9:30 a.m. SDSU Davis Dairy Plant Tours
Buses will run from the Swiftel Center
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cooking with Dairy Demonstrations
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dairy Fest Carnival
Picowsa painting contest, SDSU ice cream stations, cheese sculptures, bouncy house, corn box, petting zoo, milk dunk tank, straw bale maze and more.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch on the Dairy Farm
Buses will run from the Swiftel Center

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