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Dairy Breakfast set for June 19



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June 16, 2010 | 08:50 AM
Elkhorn — Saturday will mark 34 years of milk chugging, cow milking, scrambled eggs, pancakes and ice cream.

This year's Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast will be held from 6 to 10:30 a.m., rain or shine.

Advanced donations of $5 will be accepted, otherwise, tickets are $6 at the gate. Children 5 years old and younger are free.

The menu includes deluxe scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, cheese, milk, juice, coffee and ice cream sundaes.

Activities begin at noon and there also will be the fifth annual "Get fit-drink milk-ride a bike" and the traditional free farm tour.

Registration for the 10- or 30-mile bike ride will be from 6 to 7 a.m. at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, west of the Park Pavilion. Bicyclists will depart at 7 a.m.

The free farm tour will be available starting at 7 a.m. A bus periodically will take tourists from the fairgrounds to the featured farm Sugar Creek Dairy, N5624 Highway O, Delavan.

Rick and Marleen Adams became sole owners of the farm in 2008. Robert Holt built the farm in 1997 with 400 milking cows. The Adams family now has 560 cows that are milked daily which are mostly sold to Grande Cheese in Juda. The farm also raises heifers until 9 months old, when they are sent to a grower.

2010 Farm Bureau essay winners

Each year, fourth- and fifth-graders in the state participate in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest.

This year's theme was "The machines that make Wisconsin agriculture work." Students explored the history of farm machinery and its impact in the advancement of food production.

- First-place in Walworth County, with a $25 prize, was Alexandria Gonzales, fifth-grade, daughter of Jason and Kim. Gonzales also won second-place at the district level.

- Second-place, $15, Jack Czerwinski, fifth-grade, son of John and Colleen.

- Third-place, $10, Ty Miller, fifth-grade, son of Brian and Meghan Zaversnik.

Bureau scholarship winners

A recent scholarship was named after Byron G. Palmer who died this year. He was a dedicated Farm Bureau member. He owned and operated Palmer and Dunbar, Inc. of Elkhorn for more than 40 years.

- In his honor, the $500 Byron G. Palmer Post Graduate Scholarship was presented to Erin Lynch, daughter of Mike and Chris, Sharon. Lynch attended Big Foot High School and currently is attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a agricultural education major and animal science minor.

- Recipients of the $500 High School Scholarships: Rebecca Jacobson of Elkhorn. Daughter of Donald and Tracey, she attends Elkhorn Area High School. She plans to attend UW-Platteville to study animal science.

Emily Watson, Elkhorn, daughter of Nathan and Diane, attends Elkhorn Area High School and plans on attending UW-Platteville for pre-veterinary school and animal science.

- Recipient of the $500 Post Graduate Scholarship is Josh Schiller, son of Ray and Shelly, is a Elkhorn Area High School graduate. Schiller currently attends Gateway Technical College for a horticulture degree.

Special awards

The Farm Bureau also recognizes people and businesses that have helped make the dairy breakfast a success every year.

- Audrey Norton, Elkhorn, was honored for her involvement with helping with Dairy Breakfast ticket sales for many years.

- Sue Pruessing, Walworth, has worked on the Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Committee for more than 10 years and has spent countless hours volunteering.

- Pete Brock along with family and staff from Pete's Tire and Service, Whitewater, has donated time every year to make pancakes at the annual event, along with supplying all the ingredients and grills needed to make them.

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