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      Got milk? Dairy Days starts at Sauder Village

      June is National Dairy Month and the people at Sauder village feel it's a time to celebrate Americaâ??s great bounty of dairy products, the important role these products play in our diet and the dairy farmers who help bring them to our table.

      From Tuesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 16, Sauder Village will host Dairy Days to help celebrate this national event.

      "During our Dairy Days event there will be many dairy themed activities to help guests learn more about the role dairy plays in our lives today and in the lives of the early pioneers," says Kim Krieger, Media Relations Specialist. "We will be making biscuits, butter, ice-cream, cheese and even have cows and calves for our guests to meet."

      June Dairy Month was started in 1939 and originally was a way for retailers to promote their dairy products. Today National Dairy Month draws attention to the value of milk and dairy products as part of a well-balanced diet as well as the importance of milk production to the agriculture industry.

      While activities and demonstrations will vary from day-to-day, costumed guides will be preparing dairy-related recipes throughout the week and there will be historic recipes for guests to pick up and try at home. Some of the dairy-related historic cooking demonstrations planned include making cheese, cream dressing and buttermilk pie. Guests will be able to try their hand at churning butter and making biscuits. In the Homestead area guests can help hand-crank and taste the ice cream and watch cream separating demonstrations.

      Throughout the week guests will also have a chance to visit the cows and new baby calves in the barnyard areas. There will be many dairy recipes and information about dairy nutrition and life on a modern dairy farm for guests to pick-up.

      At Little Pioneers Homestead guests of all ages will want to try their hand at milking the fiberglass cow. This full-size Holstein cow provides a way for guests to safely try milking a cow. It continues to be a favorite activity at Little Pioneers Homestead.

      On Saturday, June 15 the "Tractors, Tractors, Tractors" event will combine with Dairy Days for an even more in-depth agricultural experience. This tractor-themed event will focus on the machines that make farming possible. There will be modern farming equipment on display from Liechty Farm Equipment and Archbold Equipment. Guests will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at farming equipment of today.

      This year nearly 40 antique tractors will be on display in the Historic Village. The historic tractors are from the 1930s to the 1960s and some participants will even be doing demonstrations throughout the day. There will also be a Pedal Tractor Pull for children to enjoy thanks to the Tinora Young Farmers and the Archbold FFA.