Dairy Day at Dr. Dawn’s Pet Stop
Dairy Day at Dr. Dawn’s Pet Stop Moo-ves Kids Closer to Cows
Story by: CGND Staff
Kids and adults learned more about dairy farming with hands-on activities during the eighth annual Dairy Day held at Dr. Dawn’s Pet Stop in Jamestown, North Dakota. Approximately 500 kids and adults attended the event on June 20, 2019.
Since 2011, the Dairy Day event has been held in June during Dairy Month in order to educate and to give kids positive dairy-related activities and experiences. One of those activities included a simulated cow-milking experience. Event participants were also able to feed cows and even pet a few calves.
Kids had the opportunity to play different educational dairy-themed games for prizes. One of the many games offered was provided by the Stutsman County Extension Service; participants watched a dairy-trivia game show. Kids also connected with dairy farmers and their cows by taking a virtual dairy tour that was hosted and sponsored by Midwest Dairy. All the games and activities provided education about dairy-farming basics, such as what cows eat along with where dairy products comes from before they reach the store.
To continually and creatively engage with the kids at the event, the Jamestown Arts Center provided a dairy-themed art project. The Stutsman County Book Mobile brought books about agriculture and provided story times with those books throughout the day. The kids also had a chance to give high-fives and meet a cow mascot.
CommonGround North Dakota (CGND), an organization that connects farmers with consumers; Midwest Dairy; and the Stutsman County Farm Bureau were partners for the Dairy Day event.
CGND provided volunteers to help answer questions about modern agriculture. To ensure that the volunteers did not go home without their very own dairy experience, all of them were able to make their own butter.
Dr. Dawn Entzminger, CGND volunteer and organizer of the event, is the owner of Dr. Dawn’s Pet Stop, a mixed-practice veterinary clinic in Jamestown. Dr. Entzminger and the Entzminger Family Dairy started this event with the hope of reaching out to the public in order to clear up some misconceptions about modern agriculture and dairy farms and to also allow people to feel good about the dairy products that they consume. Dr. Entzminger said, “We hold this event annually to interact and show the public where their food comes from, so they can have confidence that it’s safe.”
Dr. Entzminger is a trusted community member and has been voted “Best Veterinarian” for six straight years since the “Best of the Best” competition began being published annually by The Jamestown Sun. Besides volunteering for CGND, she often teaches 4-H and school groups from across the region. Dr. Entzminger has also been an invited speaker for Marketplace for Kids and numerous local organizations.
“Every year, we want to keep this invitation open to allow the Jamestown-area children a different experience. The response in past years has been wonderful, and we appreciate that the community has embraced this event.” Dr. Entzminger said.
For more information about food, farming, ranching and upcoming CGND events, please visit www.commongroundnd.com