We all know that dairy products are a vital part of our diet. Their vitamins and calcium help us build strong bones and teeth and you just can’t beat diving into an ice-cream sundae, enjoying nachos dripping with cheese or chugging a big glass of cold milk with freshly baked cookies.
As we get ready to celebrate June Dairy Month in Wisconsin, we should also reflect on how vital Wisconsin dairy farm families are to making our state such a wonderful place to live, work, visit and raise a family.
Markesan’s celebrates family farmers are the backbone of rural communities and the engines of rural economic prosperity during June Dairy Days. This year’s events will take place June (June 8th -10th).
Events include: the area’s largest Parade; City sponsored Fireworks; Live Bands; Carnival Rides; Pork Roast Dinner; All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast; Peddle-Tractor Pull; Whiffle-Ball Tournament; Baseball Tournament;. Tractor/Truck Pulls; Awards Banquet; Pie & Ice Cream Social; Chamber Cheese Chase; Lion’s Famous Chicken BBQ Dinner;
There is always plenty of live music, food and activities for everyone to enjoy at Markesan’s June Dairy Days. New events include a Macaroni & Cheese baking contest and Macaroni Art Contest. Stayed tuned for more details on all these events or visit www.MarkesanWI.com for more information.
Come and be part of Markesan’s biggest celebration and have a milk with us.
MAC & CHEESE BAKE OFF
Are you ready to test your 'mac and cheese' prowess? Markesan June Dairy Days is pitting chef against chef in order to declare one the winner with the best recipe. Chefs must use milk and cheese from a Wisconsin dairy farm or cheese making facility.
The June Dairy Days Mac & Cheese Bake Off is destined to become a delicious event hosted by the Markesan Chamber of Commerce.
This competition is meant to highlight Wisconsin dairy farms and chefs are encouraged to bring their favorite recipes.
Feel like you're up to the challenge? If you want to put your cheesy creation to the test, you must enter your recipe by June 9th.
Not savvy in the kitchen? Just come with an appetite to sample all the entries.
JUNE DAIRY DAYS FRIDA LINE UP
It’s Back and Better Then Ever.
June Dairy Days is here and June 8th, 9th and 10th Markesan will kick off the summer party season with the biggest bash in southern Green Lake County.
Friday night features American Family Insurance Family night with a DJ, clown and wristband carnival night. For those that like barn dining, its the all you can eat pork roast with the polka sounds of Russ and Ron.
Other happenings include, little red dairy barn, Lions Food Tent, Markesan Fire Department refreshment stand and Stubby's Bean Bag Tournament.
The night ends with the popular rock band Save the Day.
Don't miss it.
History of June Dairy Days
The history of June Dairy Days in Markesan can be traced backed to 1937, when Markesan celebrated June Dairy Days by giving away free milk at the Farmers State Bank.
In 1959, Markesan celebrated incorporation from a Village to a City with a 3-day celebration featuring a big parade. After that the local businessman’s association adopted the parade and named the event Queen Dollar Days. The parade ended downtown and stores stayed open late so people could shop for deals in downtown Markesan.
In 1964 the event name changed to June Dairy Dollar Days and in 1966 the parade featured Markesan’s own JoAnn Cupery (Norstrom) as Wisconsin's Alice in Dairy Land.
Ten years later in 1976, America celebrated its bi-centennial and Markesan hosted the largest parade in history that featured floats that were asked to come to Madison to be in the State’s bi-centennial parade.
In 1977, Markesan again changed the name of the event and on the second Saturday of June, for over 35 years it has been known as June Dairy Days. The biggest, little celebration in Green Lake County.