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A successful Dairy Night on the Farm 2014

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

Hosts Loni, Tracy, Bruce and Matt Wingert enjoy Dairy Night on the Farm 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A perfect summer evening brought a large crowd to Blue Valley Holsteins for this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm hosted by Bruce and Tracy Wingert along with their son Matt and daughter Loni. Blue Valley Holsteins is a third generation farm located near Fountain, Minn., and they milk 200 cows twice a day.

Visitors were able to tour the farm and its buildings including free-stall barns and the milking parlor. There were displays with information on dairy farming and samples of different types of feed used in the industry. Area residents of all ages enjoyed seeing the cows and spending the evening on the farm while learning where the food comes from that we put on our table.

Michael and Vanessa Aggen of Harmony, Minn. brought their daughter Eliza, age 16 months, who was all smiles while looking at a calf as were many young children who attended. The children also spent much of the evening jumping in two bouncy houses and zooming down a very large inflatable slide. Cow Pie Bingo was played, which entailed spray painting a number board on the grass in a pen and then letting the cow in the pen and waiting to see who’s number got “landed on” first.

The American Dairy Association (ADA) sponsors Dairy Night on the Farm to promote the dairy industry and the ADA had their malt wagon at the Wingert farm with a constant line of people looking for a cool refreshment. Along with the regular malt flavors there was a new addition of rhubarb malts and many in line opted for the new flavor and were not disappointed.

Fillmore County Dairy Princess Melinda Woods, daughter of Daniel and Patti Woods of Ostrander, Minn., happily served the malts with help from Dairy Ambassador Allison Freese, daughter of Jeff and Carolyn Freese of Lanesboro, Minn. as well as others who donated their time.

A delicious summertime meal was served by the Fillmore County Cattlemen which included hamburgers hot off the grill. The burgers were very tasty and cooked to perfection. Along with the hamburgers guests had a full plate of beans, potato salad, and cheese curds. Dairy Ambassador Fred Williams, son of Fred Williams and Dennise Kluttz of Mabel, Minn., helped serve the food along with many other volunteers. Fred’s sister, Alexis Williams, also a Dairy Ambassador, was also on hand helping in the malt wagon.

Root River Rabbit 4-H members Grace Boelter, 8, Kelsi Goldsmith, 9, and Kaci Goldsmith, 13, kept very busy handing out regular and chocolate milk to go along with the meal. People enjoyed talking with friends, neighbors, and fellow farmers while eating their meal in the shade of a large tent filled with picnic tables.

The Wingert family was grateful the weather was nice and warm stated Loni Wingert adding she was happy to see lots of people at Dairy Night on the Farm. Tracy Wingert said it was fun to talk with so many people over the course of the evening and noted how quickly the three hours of the event went by.

Dairy Night on the Farm is a wonderful way for those who are involved in farming and those who are not to come together to talk with each other and learn from one another about today’s farming industry and the delicious and nutritious products it produces.

The Wingert family put in a lot of time and hard work preparing for Dairy Night on the Farm at Blue Valley Holsteins even dealing with straight-line winds the Monday evening before the event which caused some damage around the farm. Bruce, Tracy, Matt, and Loni possess the work ethic and integrity that make American farmers the best in the world.

The Fillmore County American Dairy Association board members are Dean and Deb Stortz, Trinity and Emily Johnson, Larry and Shari Gartner, Tara Bergey, Mike and Margaret Johnson, Fred Williams, Doug and Heather Hopp, and Sara West.

To view photos of Dairy Night on the Farm visit the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page.

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