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DairyFest is family-oriented event to celebrate National Dairy Month

CLOVIS, N.M. - June is National Dairy Month, and to help celebrate what does the body good, United Dairy Women is hosting the fifth annual DairyFest in Clovis June 25.

New Mexico State University's Dairy Extension Program is supporting the event by providing informational booths to teach consumers how their milk gets from the cow to the glass.

"DairyFest is put on by families for families," said Michelle Heavyside, who coordinates United Dairy Women and is also with the NMSU Dairy Extension Program. "We, along with our sponsors, care about our communities and the families who live here. We planned this event so there would be something for everyone in the family to enjoy."

Attendees will not only have fun learning about the dairy industry, they will also be treated to a concert event with Mark Chestnutt, the Fun Bros. Band and 14-year-old Portales fiddler Colby Carter.

"This is a time to celebrate America's great bounty of dairy products and everyone who makes the dairy industry possible," said Molly Smith, program coordinator for the Dairy Extension Program. "The purpose of DairyFest is to celebrate the dairy industry and promote its future through dairy-related, family-fun activities."

This festival continues to grow in popularity each year. More than 10,000 people attended the event last year.

Attendees will get to take an interactive tour of the dairy industry, where they will learn how seed becomes feed, how animal nutritionists mix the feed to ensure the perfect nutritional balance, how veterinarians and hoof trimmers maintain the health of the cows, how to milk a cow, how the milk gets from the farm to the consumer, and the nutritional benefits of dairy.

There will also be information about the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium's Advanced Dairy Herd Management program, held each summer in and around Clovis.

There will be plenty of games to keep people of all ages entertained, including milk bottle bowling, a milk chug contest, pin the tail on the cow, cow pattie toss, cow milking contest, milk boot race and more. The "Lil Moo Choo Choo Train" will be making its way through the games as well.

DairyFest attendees will be able to sample some of the world's finest dairy products made by some of the world's finest dairy farmers. There will be free ice cream, yogurt, cheese and milk while supplies last.

"We hope that each and everyone in the community will attend DairyFest," Heavyside said. "It is going to be an extremely fun event for the entire family."

The event is from 4-9 p.m. and will be held at the Curry County Event Center. There is a $1 admission cost, which goes to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas.

For more information about DairyFest, contact Heavyside at 575-693-8941 or Smith at 575-693-9360.