We all know that dairy products are a vital part of our diet. Their vitamins and calcium help us build strong bones and teeth and you just can’t beat diving into an ice-cream sundae, enjoying nachos dripping with cheese or chugging a big glass of cold milk with freshly baked cookies.
As we get ready to celebrate June Dairy Month in Wisconsin, we should also reflect on how vital Wisconsin Agribusinesses are to making our state such a wonderful place to live, work, visit and raise a family.
Markesan’s celebrates families as the backbone of rural communities and the engines of rural economic prosperity during June Dairy Days.
Events include:the area’s largest Parade; City sponsored Fireworks; Live Bands; Carnival Rides; Live DJ, Pork Roast Dinner; All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast; Fun Run; Peddle-Tractor Pull; Tractor/Truck Pulls; Awards Banquet; Pie & Ice Cream Social; Chamber Cheese Chase; Lion’s Famous Chicken BBQ Dinner; balloon artist and more. New this year is the Markesan Chamber's craft and vender area and Saturday morning Farmer's Market.
There is always plenty of live music, food and activities for everyone to enjoy at Markesan’s June Dairy Days.Stayed tuned for more details on all these events or email the Mayor for more information.Come and be part of Markesan’s biggest celebration and have a milk with us.
The history of June Dairy Days in Markesan can be traced backed to 1937, when Markesan celebrated June Dairy Days by giving away free milk at the Farmers State Bank.
In 1959, Markesan celebrated incorporation from a Village to a City with a 3-day celebration featuring a big parade. After that the local businessman’s association adopted the parade and named the event Queen Dollar Days. The parade ended downtown and stores stayed open late so people could shop for deals in downtown Markesan.
In 1964 the event name changed to June Dairy Dollar Days and in 1966 the parade featured Markesan’s own JoAnn Cupery (Norstrom) as Wisconsin's Alice in Dairy Land.
Ten years later in 1976, America celebrated its bi-centennial and Markesan hosted the largest parade in history that featured floats that were asked to come to Madison to be in the State’s bi-centennial parade.
In 1977, Markesan again changed the name of the event and on the second Saturday of June, for over 39 years it has been known as June Dairy Days. The biggest, little celebration in Green Lake County.