Chocolate Milk and the Fair
August and September always mark the occasion of many things — county fairs, kids going back to school and the end of summer. Those are all such memorable times. Our kids participated in the county fair last week. My son is 9, so he was able to participate as a 4-H-er. My girls are 7 and 5 so they are Cloverbuds, which is for the younger kids who want to participate but aren’t 4-H age. They spent their time at the fair taking projects they made and earning ribbons, showing dairy cows in the peewee dairy show and just browsing the fair grounds.
And of course the big thing when you go to the fair is getting your wristband to get into the fair and your “milk card.” The milk card is like the golden ticket. All week at the fair, 4-H kids and Cloverbuds are eligible to get free milk from the milk booth that Farm Bureau sponsors. Luckily my dad is responsible for it, so we may get a perk or two! The kids are eligible to get 1-pint bottles for the day and, of course, it’s none other than chocolate milk. What could be better than that! Chocolate milk is such a good, nutritious and refreshing treat and a great reward for the kids for their hard work.
We have a couple of brown and white Holsteins on our farm and it’s always fun to hear either my own kids or kids on farm tours call those animals the “chocolate milk cows.” They think they really do give chocolate milk. Wouldn’t that be great? It would be like having your own money tree!