Traverse City Events: Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival Sunday

Traverse City Events: Traverse City has been known to host celebrities like Mario Batali, Michael Moore, and Madonna. We are one of the gourmet capitals of the world, and have been voted a "Best Summer Destination 2012" by National Geographic. But Traverse City's star power started building a long time ago thanks to one of our most giving citizens– Colantha Walker. Colantha is credited with producing more than 22,918 pounds of milk in 1926 (making her the highest milk producer in the world!) but in Traverse City history she was more than a mass milk producer, she was a friend and symbol of pride.

This Saturday, June 10, 2012, celebrate both Colantha and the renewal of the Village of Grand Traverse at the 3rd Annual Dairy Festival. Held at the Grand Traverse Commons, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the wide variety of fun activities ensure appeal for the entire family.

2012 Festival Schedule

Pancake Breakfast 10am-Noon

The Traverse City Fire Department, Local 646, will be serving up delicious Pancakes & Bacon, Coffee, Juice, and Moomers Milk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. $4/adult; $2/kid portion.

Farmers Market 10am-3pm

Find fresh fruits, veggies & herbs, cheeses, eggs, bread, honey, sweets, and other goodies straight from the farm!

Food Vendors 10am-6pm

There will be plenty of options for the whole family, inside & out: Moomers, Left Foot Charley's Right Foot BBQ, Higher Grounds, The Underground Cheesecake Company, Mana, Sweet Asylum, TASTES of Black Star Farms, Shetler Family Dairy, Lil Bo, Cuppa Joe, Trattoria Stella, Zakey & Spanglish. Yum!

Art & Craft Vendors 10am-6pm

Peruse the Piazza for handmade treasures that you simply must have…or head inside to find a bargain or two in The Mercato shops.

Fitness Fair 10am-6pm

Watch or join in on fitness demonstrations all day, including Yoga, Tai Chi, TRX Suspension Training, Boxing, Belly Dance, & Zumba! Schedule TBA.

Kid's Korner

Kids of all ages can have fun with art activities from KidzArt, trail tours with HumaNature School, martial arts lessons from ATA Blackbelt Academy, Milk & Cookie Pairings, Face Painting, and a Baby Animal Zoo.

Live Moosic

Ruby John 10am-Noon The Accidentals 1-3pm SourMash 4-6pm

Village Merchant Demos – TBA 11-Noon
Participation Parade to Colantha's Headstone* Noon-1pm

Stroll along with the Dairy Queen (Evelyn Shelagowski), and the Dairy Princess (Jenna Gale) to Traverse Colantha Walker's resting place by the Historic Barns. Hey kids! Get your kazoos from The Underground Cheesecake Company, so you can play along with the Second Time Arounders during the parade! Are you coming in costume…? It 'll be fun! *The round-trip parade walk is 1 mile.

Moomers Wagon Rides 1-6pm

Hop on the Cow Cart, and tale a scenic ride around the Village Campus and the Historic Barns area.

Wine & Cheese Pairings at Left Foot Charley Noon-6pm

Enjoy three cheeses paired with five wines for $10. There will also be Juice & Cheese Pairings for $5, so the kiddos can do tastings along with Mom & Dad!

Wine & Chocolate or Cookie Pairings at TASTES Noon-6pm

Stop into TASTES of Black Star Farms in The Mercato to try these decadent pairings for $6 each.

Village Merchant Demos – TBA 1-2pm
Recycle Ranger Workshop 2-2:30pm

The Recycle Ranger will be here to teach you what you can recycle, how to recycle, and how recycling and composting can help to make the world a better place to live. Meet in the Kid's Korner.

Village Merchant Demos – TBA 3-4pm
The Great Grilled Cheese Grill-off 3-4pm
Who makes the Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwich? You be the judge! Vote for the best sammie, as The Underground Cheesecake Company & Lil Bo defend their titles against K2 Edibles and Brew. This is gonna be delicious!
$5 for 4 Sandwich Quarters.
Village Merchant Demos – TBA 4-5pm

Find more information about the Dairy Festival online!

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