Five things to know about Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast

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staff, Gazette
Thursday, June 13, 2013

— Dairy month provides the perfect excuse for a community to celebrate the farmers and industries that power Wisconsin by sharing breakfast with friends and neighbors.

The Walworth County Dairy Breakfast, a local mainstay entering its 37th year, is set Saturday. Organizers say the event provides a chance to celebrate the community’s farms and pride for favorite foods produced in the area.

Here are five things to know about this year’s dairy breakfast:

1. It takes a lot of food to feed a county: Starting at 6 a.m., attendees can have their pick of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee and ice cream.And there will be plenty of food on hand.

Marleen Adams of the Farm Bureau’s dairy committee, said volunteers will keep mixing pancakes until the end of the event to feed hungry crowds. Last year, organizers whipped their way through 22 five-gallon buckets of eggs.

2. Learn where your food comes from: In addition to the breakfast, which runs until 10:30 a.m., attendees have the opportunity to take a free shuttle to tour McClellan Farms, a local dairy and crop farm located two miles west of Delavan, to see how their food is produced.

Tom McClellan, owner of the farm, said dairy consultants will be on hand to answer questions about dairy production. He said attendees can take a peek at the barns, buildings and animals that play a crucial role in feeding the state. There will also be milking demonstrations at the farm.

“We’re hoping to promote dairy month and get people out to the farm,” Adams said. “It’s an opportunity for people to get out and see where their food comes from.”

3. It’s fun for the whole family: After breakfast, kids won’t go bored.

Adams said there will be a craft fair and small animal display, along with a number of other exhibits that will run until noon. Another highly anticipated event is the coffee cake contest, which gives bakers of all ages the chance to face off. To underwrite the event’s dairy emphasis, entries must be prepared with at least two dairy products.

4. It’s about the community: The event, which is organized by the Walworth County Farm Bureau, runs with volunteer help from members of the local FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. Adams said anyone can volunteer to help the day of the event. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Walworth County Farm Bureau.

5. This is a major annual event: Adams said the event usually draws somewhere between 2,200 and 2,700 people to the Walworth County Fairgrounds.

McClellan also said he expects between 700 and 800 people will take a farm tour.

Last updated: 7:53 am Monday, July 29, 2013

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