Thursday, June 17, 2010

Meridian Dairy Days Starts Tonight

Did you go to the Meridian Dairy Days Parade last year?  We did.  And we got rained on.  Hopefully, this year, there won't be need for any hoods or umbrellas.  The parade is on Friday night and tonight is the Pancake Feed in Storey Park and the free concert afterwards given by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.  Bring a lawn chair if you're staying for the concert.  See you there!

"Meridian Dairy Day is held the third full weekend of June each year, and celebrates our community’s heritage when Meridian was the dairy center of Idaho. The event has been celebrated in some fashion since 1929.... The Dairy Days Festival begins on Thursday night in Storey Park with a Pancake Feed followed by a free concert by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

On Friday, the Festival Marketplace opens, with 80 vendors selling food, crafts, art, and various other products and services. For the children, the “Kids Corral” provides free fun activities and games.

Friday evening, the “Real Dairy Parade” begins at 7 pm with 100 entries focusing on a dairy theme. 

Saturday morning begins with the annual “Milk Run” fun run at Meridian Speedway. Little tykes can participate in a ¼ mile run around the track, and then the older kids and adults do a 5K race that starts and ends at the Speedway. Vendors open at 10 am. At noon the "Dairy Dash", a kid's bicycle race, takes place at the Meridian Speedway. In the afternoon, area coffee shops and restaurants participate in the “Milk Mocktail” Contest, and the public votes for their favorite dairy-based drink. Join us at 2pm to sample the recipes and vote for your favorite.

Other events for 2010 include: the Annual Dairy Princess Contest a carnival, a farm animal education exhibition and dairy cattle and dairy goat shows." (taken from the Meridian Chamber of Commerce website)

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