Who let the cows out? Meridian Dairy Days is back

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comJune 18, 2013 

One of the signature events of the annual Meridian Dairy Days — and one of the biggest attractions for youth involved in FFA and 4-H — is the Dairy Cattle & Goat Show at 9 a.m. Saturday. Find rules and an entry form at DairyDays.org.

KATHERINE JONES — Idaho Statesman file

Much has changed since the first Meridian Dairy Days in 1929

Back then, every square mile of Meridian had at least one dairy, said Dairy Board President Hans Bruijn. Today just a couple have Meridian addresses, Bruijn said. But Idaho's dairy industry remains robust, with 557 operating, state ag statistics show. Most of the production today is largely in the Magic Valley and eastern Idaho. Milk has been Idaho's top agricultural commodity for nine consecutive years; Idaho ranks third in milk production in the U.S.

Let's party!

The 84th community celebration of Meridian's agricultural heritage now underway runs through Saturday. It features farm animals, vendors, kart races, Nerf battlefield, Ozseeker the Clown and more. The parade was canceled because of road construction, but it will be back next year.

Carnival opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday

Last year's carnival was canceled after the out-of-state company in charge failed to get permits. A new company, Payette-based Funtime Carnival Company, is in charge this year. An unlimited ride pass is $20. Single ticket is $1.25 each (rides are two to four tickets each); sheet of 20, $20; sheet of 50, $40. Races at the speedway ($10) begin at 6 p.m.

Drink your milk

More than 15,000 bottles of milk are typically given away at the Meridian Dairy Days parade. Since there's no parade, will there be free milk? Yes, at the Dairy Days Milk Run (1 mile and 5k) at 8 a.m. Saturday and the Dairy Bike Dash (kids 13 and under) at noon Saturday. Both events are at Meridian Speedway.

Pancakes for dinner?

The Dairy Days Pancake Feed is at 5 p.m. Thursday in Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road. Adults, $5; seniors and kids (6 to 12), $4.

Pool bash and outdoor concert

Festivities wind down with a community pool party 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Meridian Swimming Pool. Music, mascots and activities for kids. For those who would rather stay dry, a free concert begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall Outdoor Plaza on Broadway.

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