The Great Dairy Adventure

Date: July 18, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Ln Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
Contact: Carla McLachlan, 517-432-5402


Mark your calendar for the Great Dairy Adventure on Wednesday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.! This event is geared towards families, daycare centers, summer camps and anyone who wants to learn more about dairy farming while sampling free ice cream and other dairy products. Pack up the kids, a camera and the picnic basket, and head out to the MSU Pavilion for a “dairy” fun-filled day!

Attendees will have a chance to try milking a cow, create a variety of craft projects, experiment with dairy recipes, pet calves and learn about the steps milk takes on its journey from cow to grocery store to family table. There will be samples of dairy foods, giveaways, and hands-on activities teaching the nutritional benefits of dairy foods. MSU student athletes will also be on hand for autographs.

Did you know that milk is produced locally in Michigan and can travel from the farm to your table within 48 hours? That’s right, milk is a local product produced fresh every day on one of Michigan’s 1,600 dairy farms. Fresh milk is transported to the dairy processing plant where it is pasteurized and then bottled or processed into dairy foods before being delivered fresh to the store, all within 48 hours of leaving your local dairy farm! Attendees will learn about the steps milk takes on its journey from cow to grocery store, and have a chance to ask dairy industry experts questions about how milk is produced and processed into several types of dairy products.

The Great Dairy Adventure is part of the annual Michigan Dairy Expo, which takes place July 16-20. Students from 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the state take part in educational skills contests during the week, and hundreds of cows will be exhibited by their owners in various breed shows. 

Parking, admission and all activities are free. Picnic areas can be set up on the lawn around the MSU Pavilion and MSU Concessions will be open. All activities take place inside the Pavilion and all events are handicap accessible. The entire event is held inside, rain or shine!

Are you bringing a group? Groups of 20 or more people should have a representative check-in first to receive a packet and additional instructions.

Are you a teacher or group leader? Teachers/leaders will receive packets of nutrition education materials that provide simple ideas for teaching children about the importance of including three daily servings of dairy in their diet and increasing physical activity to develop strong bones and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Do you need more information? Contact Carla McLachlan at (517) 432-5402 and visit the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) website at

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