Pre-Convention Option 1: Northeast Tour

Stop 1: Kuehnert Dairy Farm home of K-Hurst Registered Holsteins
             Fort Wayne, Indiana

We would like to welcome the 2013 National Holstein Pre-Convention Tour to Kuehnert Dairy. We open our farm to you showcasing our registered ladies, Hoosier hospitality and German heritage. Kuehnert Dairy Farm is the home of K-Hurst Holsteins. Located just a stones throw from the city limits of Fort Wayne. This 6th generation dairy has always strived for a balance of type, production and longevity.

Currently we have four generations working on the farm on a daily basis. Brothers, Alan and Stan, along with Alan’s wife Cindy, their two sons Nathan (wife Sarah) and Andrew (wife Brittany) are partners in this 300 cow registered Holstein herd. In 2003, a 4 row freestall barn was completed. All aspects of the barn were designed with maximum cow comfort in mind. Rubber flooring, sand bedding, HVLS fans, temperature controlled sprinkler system, 2 DeLaval cow brushes, long day lightening, and a Lely Juno robotic feed pusher are all utilized to house our ladies as queens! In 2010, the Semex Ai24 heat detection system was installed to maximize reproductive efficiency.

The Kuehnert’s breeding philosophy strives for pretty, profitable cows. Top proven and genomic bulls are selected for high type traits, with milk and components in mind. Twice ranked in top 10 for herd size BAA and in 2011 Alan was honored as Indiana’s Master Breeder. A few of the high profile cows you will be seeing are K-Hurst Rudolph Pam EX 94, twice Reserve Jr. All-American and K-Hurst Durham Brooke EX 93, the 2008 Grand Champion at the Indiana State Fair. Also members of the Gypsy Grand’s and Dellia’s will be present.

Along with producing top quality milk and genetics, the Kuehnert’s have been very active with milk promotion by hosting many groups and farm tours as well as having neighbor appreciation breakfasts at the farm.

Stop 2: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
             Auburn, Indiana

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a National Historic Landmark! This automotive mecca exhibits over 120 cars ranging from 1894 to 1999 and automotive displays on three floors. The museum has the greatest and most extensive collection of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles in the world, and features the largest exhibit of Duesenberg automobiles on public display in the world! This is a destination that you and your family can not miss!

Experience the passion as you step back through time to the golden era of automobiles. Walk the same hallways as the automotive giants of yesterday. Touring the museum will give you an impression of what a day at Auburn Automobile Company must have been like in the 1930s.

Stop 3: Brand Dairy Farm home of Ariwami Registered Holsteins
             Waterloo, Indiana.

Brand Dairy Farm was begun in 1972 by Jim and Anna Brand after travels across the United States looking for the correct location. Their travels gave way to our Ariwami prefix. ARIzona is where they first tried to make a go of it. They then traveled to WAshington, Missouri, then back home again to Indiana.

The farm began with 40 cows and 240 acres. Currently we have 400 milk cows plus raise all of our replacements, breeder bulls and steers. All registered except for the steers. There have been 71 Excellent cows with the Ariwami prefix and 3 Excellent bulls. Along with 16 Gold Medal Dams and 10 Dams of Merit. We farm approximately 2400 acres (1600 owned, 800 rented) of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa, raising all of our own feeding forages.

We currently have 2 genomic young sires in AI, 7HO11436 Ariwami Aaron Advance-Red at Select Sires and 1HO11001 Ariwami Lad Jagger-P-ET at Genex. Their Dam is a VG-85 OMan Daughter, Ariwami OMan Bree 1947-RC whose bloodlines trace back nearly 40 years with the Ariwami prefix. We also have several other genomic interests including Ariwami Planet Tracy 2920 (Planet x Pronto x BW Marshall). +2314 gTPI, +802 NM, +1960 Milk, +85 Fat, +57 Protein, +6.8 PL, +2.36 PTAT.

Brand Dairy Farm is now operated by Jim and Anna's son, George and his wife Christine, and their son and his family, David & Kim with 3 children Logen, Jaxen and Addysen.

Stop 4: K-Z Sportsman RV Factory
             Shipshewana, Indiana

KZ Recreational Vehicles was founded in 1972 in Middlebury, Indiana, by Daryl Zook on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy and integrity. Today, the company manufactures a full line of towable RVs in Shipshewana, Ind., and is still focused on those same principles. KZ’s mission is to develop new concepts and competitively priced products while continually striving for the highest quality in its products and services.

Take pleasure in a tour of the KZ Sportsman RV factory where you can see first hand the production of an RV from the beginning steps to the finished product. After the tour, dinner will be provided in KZ’s air-conditioned dining facilities before traveling to the Essenhaus Inn for your overnight stay.

Stop 5: Essenhaus Inn
             Middlebury, Indiana

For the travelers who may need to stop for the day, we will be stopping to check in at the Essenhaus Inn. Located in the peaceful countryside of Amish Country, you’ll experience elegance and comfort from the moment you walk in the door. Much more than just a place to rest your head, we invite you to come in, relax and enjoy our pleasant surprise in the country. Unique décor reflects the local culture and community and adds to the comfort and hospitality you expect in Northern Indiana Amish Country. Following a peaceful night’s rest, every guest is welcome to take advantage of our complimentary breakfast each morning. With an indoor pool, fitness room and therapeutic hot tub, guests have the option of enjoying a variety of down time activities.

Stop 6: Maplebranch Farm - Registered Holsteins & Jerseys
             Middlebury, Indiana

After a time of regrouping, we will travel to Maplebranch Farm for a short farm tour and night cap of homemade ice cream. Maplebranch Farm is a family operation, with fourth and fifth generations now on the farm. The focus is breeding cows that last and produce well. Don, Larry and Mark Thomas bought the farm from their dad Vernon Thomas in 1991. At that time they were milking 100 cows in double 6 herringbone parlor and farming 500 acres. In 2000 they expanded the milking herd to 250 and built a new BouMatic herringbone double 12 parlor and a new freestall barn with 240 freestalls. A couple of years later they added a new dry cow free stall barn that also houses our show cows.

The 500-acre dairy is home to quality registered Holstein and Jersey cattle. They currently milk 220 head twice a day. Cows are fed TMR. Cow comfort is crucial and is apparent in our facilities. Along with milking, we also grow corn, beans, wheat, alfalfa and grass hay to feed to our cows and heifers.

Mark and his two sons, Austin and Craig, have shown numerous first and second places animals at Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Indiana State Fair, Michigan Spring Show, and the North American International Livestock Expo and have placed in the top ten numerous times at the World Dairy Expo.

The Thomas family looks forward to welcoming you to Indiana and to our family farm on the Northeast Pre-Convention Tour. We are honored to have the opportunity to show our cattle and farm to fellow Holstein breeders.

Stop 7: Guggisberg Deutsch Kase Haus, Cheese Factory
             Middlebury, Indiana

Guggisberg Cheese Factory

Come visit the Guggisberg Deutsch Käse Haus Cheese Factory, the only place in Indiana’s Amish Country where you can view championship cheese being made! For over 30 years, quality cheeses have been manufactured at the Deutsch Käse Haus facility, and their cheese makers have been recognized as masters of their craft since day one. Evidence of this is backed most recently with Deutsch Käse Haus’s award at the 2010 World Dairy Expo for producing the world’s greatest Colby. Along with 40+ varieties of cheese, the factory gift shop also features local and European-style meats, local Amish goods and cheese accessories.

Stop 8: Yoder’s Popcorn Farm
             Topeka, Indiana

Yoder Popcorn Farm

"Popcorn the Way You Remember It". Made in the heart of Indiana Amish Country!
Experience the production of Yoder popcorn from beginning to end.

The Yoder Popcorn Story

In 1936, Rufus Yoder started growing popcorn on his family farm. In the Amish custom, he shared his excess crop with his neighbors and friends. They told their friends and neighbors about the excellent quality of YODER POPCORN, and soon a business was born. After Rufus retired, his children Larry and Pauline, continued to market YODER POPCORN. In 1996, YODER POPCORN was purchased by KIRK'S POPCORN. In 1999, YODER POPCORN was purchased by Rufus' great niece, Sharon, along with her husband Richard and their youngest son, Russell. Besides operating the Popcorn Shoppe, they farm 1,700 acres which includes the acreage around the Shoppe. We continue to provide the Yoder customers with the same excellent quality and service to which they are accustomed.

Stop 9: The Hibschman Family - Oneeda Registered Holsteins
             Syracuse, Indiana

Oneeda

Hibschman and Holsteins have been synonymous in this area since 1929 when Joe's grandfather, Clee Hibschman, became a member of the National Holstein Assoc. From that point on the goal of Clee and his two sons, Leonard and Oliver, was to breed better Holstein cattle. In 1937 they hosted the first Elkhart County Holstein show in a pasture field on their farm.

After marrying, both sons started their own herds within 1 1/2 miles from Clee. Oliver purchased land in 1943 and established the dairy farm where we still reside. Over the years Oneeda Farms has grown from 16 cows in a stanchion barn to 56 cows in comfort stalls to the present 200 cow drive thru barn with a double 8 parlor.

 In 1977 we received our first of 21 PBR awards. Joe has also received the Indiana Master Breeder Award. With Joe's son, Roger and several grandchildren involved we are now in our 5th generation with Holsteins. We strive to maintain a balance of type and production. Our present BAA 103.8 and rolling herd average of 27,500 milk, 1050 fat, and 840 protein.

 We are looking forward to your visit in July.

Stop 10: The Richard Family - Darita Registered Holsteins
             Goshen, Indiana - Featured in the June 2012 Holstein World Breeder's Profile

Hello from Darita Holsteins! We try to operate a viable, small farm that is family oriented. We do not have any hired help, but we try to balance chore responsibilities and hobbies. A short break often helps with enthusiasm, which is paramount for excellent results on the farm.

The ladies enjoy milking cows for a break from housekeeping, gardening and quilting. The boys and I enjoy old Oliver tractors and hunting. We have felt obligated to do the supper dishes a few times when our hobbies kept us from doing our chores in a timely manner.

Here at Darita Holsteins, we have been doing a moderate amount of genomic testing to identify the elite animals on our farm and do embryo work with those animals. Only one bull has gone to AI since genomics and our goal is to add to that number.

Registered Holsteins have been a big part of our life for the past 28 years and hopefully they will continue as such as we prepare to help the next generation follow our footsteps, if that is their desire.
~Darrell Richard

Stop 11: Lunch at Amish Acres
             Nappanee, Indiana

Amish Acres

Escape to Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana and share the heritage of these intriguing people in quiet celebration of America’s tolerance for diversity. Time stopped over a century ago and preserves, in the Amish, a way of life adhering to nearly forgotten patterns of living in today’s fast paced world. Sit down under the hand-hewn timbers of the Restaurant Barn and enjoy Amish Acres nationally famous Threshers Dinner, a family style feast of Amish country favorites.

Stop 12: The Dankerts - Nor-Bert Farms
             Bremen, Indiana

Established in 1945, by Norman Krathwohl and his late wife Bertha, Nor-Bert Farms has transitioned into a multi-generational dairy operation involving Norman's daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Roger Dankert; grandson, Jeremy Dankert; and granddaughter and her husband, Jennifer & Monty Freeman along with their children, Dalton, Dillon, and Breanne Freeman. Over the past 68 years of dairying, Nor-Bert Farms has adapted to many new ideas and technologies. Norman began milking 6 cows by hand under the bank barn and has seen many transitions including a double 7 herringbone parlor in 1969, which remained in use until 3 Lely Astronaut A3 Next robots were installed in August of 2010. Currently milking 140 cows, the herd is comprised of Holsteins, Red and White Holsteins, Brown Swiss, Ayrshires, and Jerseys, housed primarily in free stalls. Nor-Bert Farms strives for cow comfort, high milk production, and a progressive genetics program. Embryos have been sold worldwide in numerous countries and several bulls have made it into A.I.

Approaching 3 years since start-up, the robotic milking system has been a great improvement for Nor-Bert Farms, allowing for flexibility in work schedules and allowing the farm to continue to move forward as a family farm. The robot installation was a retro-fit, using all existing facilities, and adding only the small building which houses the robots. The herd is fed a partial mixed ration along the belt line bunk feeder, while a high energy pellet attracts the cows to the robot. Free choice hay is also fed. The free flow set-up allows the cow to be in charge and stress-free. The herd averages 3.3 milkings and 90 pounds per cow per day, with a 4.0% fat and 3.1% protein. Management reports give information to monitor the milk visits, production, milk quality and much more.

In February of 2009, an automatic calf feeder was installed. Calves are fed in individual pens for approximately 10 days and then moved into a group pen with the automatic feeder. The feeder identifies each calf by the RFID tag in each calf's ear. The machine then determines if the calf is entitled to drink and how much she is entitled to based upon the feeding plan in place. Calves eat grain and drink water much sooner than when they were in individual pens. The feeder automatically weans the calves at the age and rate specified by the plan. Weaned calves transition with ease. The automatic feeder is very easy to manage and had been a great fit for Nor-Bert Farms as well.


Pre-Convention Option 2: Northwest Tour

Stop 1: Lucas Oil Stadium home of the Indianapolis Colts
             Indianapolis, Indiana

Lucas Oil Stadium is a state-of-the-art retractable roof, multi-purpose facility seating over 67,000 fans while featuring spectacular views of the downtown Indianapolis skyline. It opened in 2008, as the new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Covering approximately 1.8 million square feet, this seven-level stadium has more backstage space than any other NFL stadium with seven locker rooms, 11 indoor truck docks, 44,000 square feet of exhibit space and 12 meeting rooms. Weather permitting, the north operable window combines with the largest retractable roof in the NFL to truly give the spectator the feeling of being at an outdoor stadium. During your visit to Lucas Oil Stadium, you will have the opportunity to see this spectacular facility up close and personal by touring the Lucas Oil Plaza, locker rooms, quarterback suite and the press box.

Stop 2: Fair Oaks Farms – The Adventure
             Fair Oaks, Indiana

Fair Oaks Farm

Fair Oaks Farm is the largest agri-tourism destination in the Midwest, with more than 60 interactive features and exhibits and 22,000 square foot of indoor Adventure Center fun. Fair Oaks Farms gives visitors a fun, behind-the-scenes glimpse of a working dairy farm. Test your skills at the electronic milking station, enjoy a 3D/4D film detailing dairying business, and clamor to scale a big metal wall wearing magnetic shoes and gloves. Take a narrated bus tour of the dairy grounds and check out the 72 cow carousel milking facilities. Do not forget to stop by the Cheese Factory and the Birthing Barn with theater-style seating to witness the next live birth of a baby calf.

Leaving Fair Oaks Farms, you will take a drive thru of Calf Land and view over 3,000 calves in hutches before stopping at Bos Dairy Farm for a tour of their dairy operation and view the sale animals that will sell on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Stop 3: Bos Dairy Farm – Bossir Registered Holsteins
             Fair Oaks, Indiana

Bos Family Dairy started with Gerrit Bos over 60 years ago in California. He started with a handful of cows and grew to about 1500 in the 1980’s. At that point, Tony Bos started developing his purebred herd. Tony and his siblings had all stayed in the business of which most stayed in California. My father, Tony, continued his growth of his purebreds and his overall herd when he moved to Texas in the early 1990’s. As his family grew and the business grew we started expanding in Indiana in 2000. There my brothers and myself separated from each other and developed our own herds with my dad partnering with us. I kept the purebreds going with my dad and we have over 500 of them on our dairy in Indiana.

Currently, Bos Dairy here in Indiana, milks 3400 cows 3X a day. We milk on a 72 cow rotary. We have a small double 6 where we milk our best purebreds. Gary Sterk who has been with us since 1990 and has been in charge of our purebreds the entire time runs this barn. Also, on this dairy we have a digestor of which 100% of our manure goes into. Generators run from the methane and run 100% of our dairy’s electric for about 9 months of the year.

We look forward to your visit on the Pre-Convention Northwest Tour and also during the Convention on Wednesday, July 10th for one of the Non-Delegate Tours. We are very excited to be able to offer you 100 of our best on July 12th, 2013. Make sure to mark your calendars with our Sale date and stop by for a look!

Stop 4: Dinner at Grindstone Charleys & Overnight Stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites
             Lafayette, Indiana


Stop 5: Elanco – A Division of Eli Lilly and Company
             Clinton, Indiana

Elanco is a global research-based company that develops and markets products to improve the health and production of animals in more than 100 countries. Our Clinton Laboratories facility manufactures industry-leading products for cattle, poultry and swine. Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a leading innovation-driven pharmaceutical company.

On Wednesday, July 8, 2013 we will be visiting the Elanco manufacturing site at Clinton, IN. This is a large scale production facility that produces animal health products including Rumensin® and Tylan® premixes. Presentations followed by a plant tour and lunch.

Stop 6: Springbrook Farms Inc. - J&S Registered Holsteins
             Marshall, Indiana

Springbrook Farms and the Jones family welcome you to western IN.  Currently the 4th generation of Jones are milking 100 registered Holsteins with a BAA of 109.3 and farm 3,500 acres of corn, beans and hay.  Also a 50 cow beef herd to serve as recipients for their flush program.  J&S Holstein puts heavy emphases on family at home and deep maternal pedigrees in their dairy herd, Having 5 generations of All-Indiana or Res. All-Indiana.  We hope you can come and enjoy a little time with us and walk through our tie-stall barn and also our free stall barns and heifer sheds.

The J&S Sandy family is our own major blood line, having 30% of the herd from this family.  Most notable is the Jr. All-American and Res. All-American, J&S Gibson Stacey. Other cow families are Broker Elegance, Broker Mandy, Roxy, and Adeen.

Stop 7: The Carters – Carterly Farm
             Thorntown, Indiana

Specializing in intensive grazing and raising consistently well-made cows, Carterly Farm is located about 30 minutes northwest of Indianapolis, IN. Charlie and Margaret Carter and their daughter, Kelly MacKinnon, are the owner – managers of this family oriented operation. During the three generations of dairy farming at this location, the focus has been on continuous genetic improvement of the mostly registered Holstein herd. Charlie, Margaret and Kelly are excited about the future of their herd because of the many young cows with balanced, strongly attached mammary systems and sturdy feet and legs. The May, 2012 Holstein classification resulted in a BAA over 105. An Appoint four year old (90 points) and a Casino two year old (86 points) are two animals of which the farm is proud.

At Carterly Farm, pleasure is taken from showing the public the joys of dairy farming. Each summer, the farm hosts over forty 4-Hers and their families through a dairy leasing program. Over a two-month period, each member trains his or her leased heifer. Then, each 4-Her shows that animal at the county fair and has the option to also exhibit at the Indiana State Fair. The leasing program provides unimaginable opportunities to educate non-farm families about agriculture and to promote careers in the dairy industry to the young people participating in the program. In addition to supporting 4-H activities, Charlie and Kelly have both served as directors in the Indiana Holstein Association. Also, Kelly was honored to be selected as the Outstanding Young Dairy Producer for 2012 by the Indiana Dairy Producers.

The Carters welcome you to the farm and look forward to introducing you to the black and white beauties grazing upon the green pastures.


Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 – HOST DAY

Brickyard Crossing Golf Outing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Only Indianapolis could combine the grandeur and excitement of auto racing with the serene, natural beauty of a championship golf course. To call Brickyard Crossing a unique golf experience doesn't do justice to this Pete Dye designed course that includes a four-hole stretch inside the legendary, century-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the golf might pale in comparison to taking a turn at over 200 mph in an Indy car, it is nonetheless quite a thrill to play on this hallowed ground.

The Brickyard Crossing golf course opened in 1993 and utilizes Dye's signature railroad ties as well as large slabs of concrete along creek beds. The concrete was reused after the racetrack's walls were torn down and replaced with a cutting-edge safety barrier. The Brickyard Crossing is one of only a few venues in the country to host PGA, LPGA and Champions tour events.

The 18-hole "Brickyard Crossing" course features 6,994 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 74.5 and it has a slope rating of 137 on Bent grass.  Golfer’s fee and lunch included.

Host Day Tour:

Race Hall of Fame Photos


Brought to you by your Indiana Hoosier Dairy Farm Families!

Join us for the Ultimate Indy Racing Experience!

Indianapolis in synonymous with racing and where else could you imagine a day of fun, than trackside near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Internationally famous, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to both the World’s Largest and Second-Largest single day sporting events. Since 1911, the Speedway has been the home of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500.

When legendary race driver Louis Meyer pulled into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Memorial Day 1933 and asked for a cold glass of buttermilk to quench his thirst after 500 grueling miles, little did anyone realize a tradition had been born. Yet that’s exactly what happened. With his simple request, the late, great Meyer– Indy’s first three-time winner – established a tradition that has become an endearing part of Indianapolis lore. And it is this tradition and long-standing relationship between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and Hoosier Dairy Farm Families that we cannot wait to share with you!

The Bottle of Milk Tradition is one of two Indianapolis award programs supported annually by the American Dairy Association of Indiana and its Hoosier Dairy Farm Families. The second has become a tradition in its own right: for 39 consecutive years, ADA has honored the 500-Mile Race’s Fastest Rookie of the Year, recognizing the first-year driver who achieves the fastest four-lap average speed from among fellow rookie competitors during time trials.

The Indy Experience will be based at the newest interactive facility, the Dallara IndyCar Factory. You will tour the factory and view the IndyCars being assembled. You will not want to miss your opportunity to ride a race simulator or try the pit stop challenges at the interactive zone! No Indy Experience is complete without a visit to the real deal…..the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track tour and a stop at the Hall of Fame Museum.

2013 marks the 58th consecutive year for the Bottle of Milk Tradition, and 77 years since that photo of Meyer and his beloved buttermilk was snapped in Victory Lane. Winners of the Indianapolis 500 have celebrated in Victory Lane (now Victory Circle) with a hearty swig from an ice-cold bottle of milk – a ceremony recognized around the world as unique to Indy.

Whether you are young or old, you will not want to miss this opportunity to visit first hand the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where that famous gulp of milk takes place!


Indy Social/Family Event:

Race Hall of Fame Photos

Indiana Holstein Families want to welcome you to Indianapolis and the 2013 National Holstein Convention with CARS, COWS AND COUNTRY MUSIC. There will be excellent food and drinks, fine conversation and outstanding “ live” country music by Wildheart. All will take place in the Indiana Convention Center right along side the National Sale cattle! We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to kick back and relax as a Holstein family and enjoy our Hoosier Hospitality.

Bring your cow talk and dancing shoes!



Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Non-Delegate Tour Option 1: Bos Dairy and Fair Oaks Farms

View great cattle at Bos Dairy and explore Fair Oaks Farms, where you can enjoy touring the Cheese Factory, Birthing Barn and Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure Center.

Welcome to Indiana and to Bos Dairy Farm home of Bossir Holsteins!
Bos Family Dairy started with Gerrit Bos over 60 years ago in California. He started with a handful of cows and grew to about 1500 in the 1980’s. At that point, Tony Bos started developing his purebred herd. Tony and his siblings had all stayed in the business of which most stayed in California. My father, Tony, continued his growth of his purebreds and his overall herd when he moved to Texas in the early 1990’s. As his family grew and the business grew we started expanding in Indiana in 2000. There my brothers and myself separated from each other and developed our own herds with my dad partnering with us. I kept the purebreds going with my dad and we have over 500 of them on our dairy in Indiana.

Currently, Bos Dairy here in Indiana, milks 3400 cows 3X a day. We milk on a 72 cow rotary. We have a small double 6 where we milk our best purebreds. Gary Sterk who has been with us since 1990 and has been in charge of our purebreds the entire time runs this barn. Also, on this dairy we have a digestor of which 100% of our manure goes into. Generators run from the methane and run 100% of our dairy’s electric for about 9 months of the year.

We look forward to your visit on the Pre-Convention Northwest Tour and also during the Convention on Wednesday, July 10th for one of the Non-Delegate Tours. We are very excited to be able to offer you 100 of our best on July 12th, 2013. Make sure to mark your calendars with our Sale date and stop by for a look!

Leaving Bos Dairy Farm, you will take a drive thru of Calf Land and view over 3,000 calves in hutches before stopping at Fair Oaks Farm.

Fair Oaks Farm is the largest agri-tourism destination in the Midwest, with more than 60 interactive features and exhibits and 22,000 square foot of indoor Adventure Center fun. Fair Oaks Farms gives visitors a fun, behind-the-scenes glimpse of a working dairy farm. Test your skills at the electronic milking station, enjoy a 3D/4D film detailing dairying business, and clamor to scale a big metal wall wearing magnetic shoes and gloves. Take a narrated bus tour of the dairy grounds and check out the 72 cow carousel milking facilities. Do not forget to stop by the Cheese Factory and the Birthing Barn with theater-style seating to witness the next live birth of a baby calf.

Non-Delegate Tour Option 2: Beef and Boards Dinner Theater featuring Smoke on the Mountain

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has been serving up food, fun and fabulous live entertainment for everyone since 1973. 2013 is their 40th Anniversary Season!. It was called "Beef" because of the delicious hand carved roast beef served before the performances, and "Boards" referring to the boards or stage of a theatre.

Today, the Indianapolis location is privately owned and the sole remaining Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, entertaining more than 155,000 theatergoers annually. Each season includes professional Broadway shows, select concerts and acclaimed children's theatre productions by our resident Pyramid Players.

But a visit to Beef & Boards is more than just great theatre! We offer a tasty dinner buffet prepared by our in-house chef, plus a full-service bar and mouthwatering gourmet desserts. Come see why each year more and more people discover the value and quality of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre!

Featuring the show Smoke on the Mountain: Bluegrass gospel has never been so funny! The Great Depression is ending and the Sanders Family is back on the road, picking', grinnin' & singin'. Of course the bus broke down, the twins are fighting, Uncle Stanley's fresh out of prison & sister June can't really sing - still Pastor Oglethorpe expects this to be the best revival Mount Pleasant Baptist Church has ever seen.


Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Cookies and Canvas Event: Paint your very own Holstein!

painting of cow titled How Now Black Cow
"How Now Black Cow" - by instructor Tamra Scott

A little nervous to paint?  Don't be!  No talent or experience is necessary.  Our talented instructors will guide you step-by-step through recreating the featured painting!  You will be amazed at your very own work of ART! At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that you created.

All of your painting supplies including an apron to keep your clothes clean are waiting! We will provide you with an 11 X 14 gallery wrapped canvas, easels, brushes, paints, and of course cookies and milk!

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