Front Page Holsteins to Host 40th Annual Portage County Dairy Brunch

The Gary and Patty Edelburg family farm, Front Page Holsteins in Amherst Junction, has been chosen to host the 2019 June Dairy Brunch and Open Farm on Saturday June 15th.. They are excited to welcome approximately 3200 folks to their farm for breakfast and many other activities. The event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until noon.   

The Edelburgs bought their first herd of registered Holsteins in 2003 and then purchased their farm in 2008. With their twin children, Angela and Lucas, they milk a herd of about 120 Holsteins and raise almost 200 heifers and calves. They raise about 400 acres of corn and alfalfa, mostly using no-till cultivation

The Dairy Brunch is an exciting and fun filled day, traditionally set on the third Saturday in June by the Portage County Dairy Promotion Committee. It’s a day for promoting the dairy industry and giving city dwellers and non-farm families a chance to visit a working dairy farm and learn more about dairy farm operations and life in the countryside.

The Dairy Brunch menu showcases Wisconsin foods, and includes pancakes with pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs with cheese, sausage, butter, cheese curds, cranberry juice and milk. The meal is available for a $7 donation for adults, $2 for children 6-10 years old, and kids under 5 eat free (children must be accompanied by a parent).  Additionally, free ice cream sundaes and many dairy samples will be offered by area 4-H and FFA clubs.

New this year will be the Dairy Comedy Show from Milwaukee, featuring life-sized puppets. Also in attendance will be Wisconsin’s Holstein Princess Mikayla Endres, and the Portage County 4-H Ambassadors.

Hay bale rides will be provided by the Glacier Ridge Antique Tractor Club. Other activities include the Little Farmer dress up contest, a game of Jeopardy, small animal display, and kids barrel train rides. Returning this year is a display of a honeybee colony by the Portage County Hobbyist Beekeeper Club and a woodcarvers display and many other educational displays and games.

There is also a coloring contest for kids aged 3-8.  Pictures of a cow to color in advance of the brunch are available at schools, and local banks.

The dairy committee reminds everyone to look at the bottom of their plate after finishing the brunch, because door prizes will be given to those people who have a plate with a cow stamped on the underneath.

“Putting this event together is always fun because of the great volunteer committee that has worked together for many years,” said organizer Betsy Suehring. “We are thankful for the host family, support of area dairy farmers and many businesses, dairy farmers of Wisconsin, and especially the many volunteers from throughout the county including the 4-H and FFA clubs.”

Directions to the farm from Stevens Point: Highway 10 East to Highway 161, turn left on to County Road A, turn left and go one-half-mile, enter on Trout Creek Rd: From Amherst: Highway 10 West to 161, exit East to County Road A, turn left to farm on Trout Creek Road: watch for signs.  To volunteer or for more information call Betsy Suehring 715-677-3809. r ali

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