Walking The Barns

Chuck Zimmerman

Barn Farm DisplayOut in the barns you’ll find some very creative displays that the various farms set up in their area like this one.

Have you ever walked the barns? Wonder what it sounds like during the day? Wonder no more.

You can listen to my short walk-through. It’s mostly the sound of fans, a radio, some talking, etc. Actually kind of calming if you ask me: Download MP3 File

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Featuring Our Sponsor – The Callicrate Bander

Chuck Zimmerman

Callicrate BanderThe Callicrate Smart Bander was the first sponsor of World Dairy Diary and that makes them the first sponsor of a farm show blog! In the picture is Rachel Dodd, Tom King and Mike Callicrate.

You can find them in the lower level of the Coliseum. Please let them know you appreciate their support of World Dairy Diary. We sure do!

You can listen to my interview with Mike by using the link in the right sidebar.

Callicrate Bander, Exhibitor, World Dairy Expo

Take A Tour And Never Leave The Grounds

Chuck Zimmerman

Virtual Tour OperatorOne of the features of World Dairy Expo is the virtual farm tours. These are scheduled periodically throughout the show. Participants go to one of the meeting rooms where they’re scheduled and they can then see and hear the tour. Some are done with video and other’s with computer slides.

I got to visit with Terri and Ron Abing, Majestic View Dairies, who presented one of the tours today, along with their partner, John Haskins. They are from Lancaster, Wisconsin.

You can listen to my interview with the Abings here: Download MP3 File (2MB MP3 File)

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Manager of the Media

Chuck Zimmerman

Lisa BehnkeI stopped in the media room earlier to see what’s going on. Not much, although there’s a lot more media folks here today.

The person who puts this whole operation together, including the daily newspaper we have on-site, is Lisa Behnke. You can listen to my interview with her prior to Expo by using the link in the right sidebar.

Lisa looked very relaxed today. Of course she always seems that way.

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Wisconsin Hot Cheese

Chuck Zimmerman

Hot CheeseIt’s lunch time here on day number two. In the outside exhibit area just outside the Exhibition Hall, there’s a whole row of food vendors.

I am trying to get these pictures posted quickly so I can go do some sampling. I’m not sure what hot cheese is all about but I’ll report back when I find out.

Exhibitor, World Dairy Expo

Youth Tours Arriving Today

Chuck Zimmerman

Youth Tour CenterToday and tomorrow are going to be very busy for the youth tour folks here at Expo. These volunteers are ready for them though.

They said that there are about 445 tours scheduled today and 1,300 tomorrow! That’s a lot of kids and a lot of tour organizing. According to the information I got these tours come from as far away as north central Illinois to central Wisconsin.

Youth TourSome of the tours were already here and what do kids like to do? Eat. I hope this was just a snack break. Maybe they decided to snack then tour. I don’t know.

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Mini Meetings In The Coliseum Suites

Chuck Zimmerman

Charleston Orwig SuiteIn the Coliseum just like you’d find at any modern-day sports facility you’ve got the “suites.” These are those little rooms up top that look out over the field or in this case, the ring.

A number of companies like Charleston Orwig reserve these suites to hold meetings with their clients like this one going on here this morning. I think they were just showing off for the photographer though. They can’t always have that much fun.

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