MADISON (WKOW) -- June is Dairy Month, and one of the biggest celebrations of June Dairy Month goes on this weekend in downtown Madison.
Cows, calves and delicious dairy treats are coming to the Capitol Square June 4 for Cows on the Concourse 2016. The event will take place just off downtown Madison’s Capitol Square on Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Tuesday, Cassie Endres, Sarah Kutz and Andrea Bloom stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event.
Only Cows on the Concourse gives kids and adults the unique opportunity to get close to cows and baby calves, enjoy hot grilled cheese sandwiches, sip ice-cold milk and visit with Wisconsin dairy farmers.
The main attraction of the event is the Cow Zone, where attendees can get up-close with a herd of cows and calves of several breeds. Wisconsin dairy farmers and other “Moo Experts” will join the cows and calves and answer visitors’ questions. The Get MOOving and Fit Zone provides all kinds of athletic stations for kids while they learn about the role dairy products play in a healthy lifestyle. The Ed”Moo”cation Zone will feature hands-on activities for kids to learn about Wisconsin dairy farms.
There will be plenty for food fans too. Tasty options include melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese sandwiches at the Big Cheese Zone and ice-cold milk in several flavors. Kids can join in the My Dairyland Scavenger Hunt and visit each zone at Cows on the Concourse. They will learn fun dairy facts and record their answers to win a free souvenir t-shirt.
Hop aboard a free trolley to Saturday Science from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Located at the University of Wisconsin campus, Saturday Science gives attendees the chance to learn about the science of cheese, milk and everything Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. The free trolley will also return visitors to the Capitol Square. Bring your My Dairyland Scavenger Hunt card to earn a token for a scoop of Culver’s custard while supplies last!
Cows on the Concourse is presented by the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee, area dairy producers and industry members. Top-level sponsors are Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Badgerland Financial, Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative, DeForest FFA Alumni, DeLaval Inc., Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and Zoetis. Additional sponsors include Agri-Nutrition Consulting LLC, Central Life Sciences, Elanco Animal Health, Insight FS & Dane County Farm Bureau, Milk Specialties Global, AMS Galaxy USA, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, Central Ag Supply Inc., CRI, Diamond V, Filament Marketing, ImmuCell, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Milk Products LLC, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Soy Best, Vita Plus, WFBF Ag in the Classroom, Ag Source, Calf Star, East Central/Select Sires, Kenosha County Dairy Promotion Committee, Merial, Rock River Laboratory Inc., Walworth County Dairy Promotion Committee and We Energies. Crystal Farms, Culver’s, Dairy Farmers of America, Grassland Dairy Products, Gymfinity, Landmark Services Cooperative, Mid-State Equipment, Nasco, UW Biological Systems Engineering Department, UW Dairy Science Department and Weyauwega Cheese have also contributed to the event.
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