This historical photo, taken in 1936, shows the first Menominee County Dairy Day that was held in Beach Park in the City of Menominee. The event was sponsored jointly by the Menominee County Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and the Menominee Chamber of Commerce. According to a story in a July 1936 Journal, the purpose of the event was to acquaint residents with the importance of the dairy business in the county. Ten thousand glasses of flavored milk drinks and an equal number of cheese sandwiches were furnished to those attending. The milk was donated by farmers who were members of the DHIA and was pasteurized and flavored in the milk plants in the city. The Stephenson High School band led the motor parade to the Dairy Day event which was attended by an estimated 8,000 people. The parade of villages was more than a mile long and featured several floats and decorated cars. A milking contest, cattle judging and a speech by O.E. Reed, chief of the dairy division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., were highlights of the program. Miss Eunice Fazer of Spalding was the winner of the hand milking contest and George Rasner of Wallace won the cattle judging contest. Reed spoke on "Better Cows and Better Feeding Practices" and encouraged farmers of the county to take up cow production testing. To the young men Reed said, "In building your future there is no profession that offers the opportunity, the glory, and the romance of success as does agriculture." The Sleepy Hollow float entered by Nadeau Township and village earned first prize of $10. The float mounted on a truck, consisted of a calf, a pretty "dairy maid" with hairy legs and a cream separator spouting milk. Second prize of $8 was awarded the Carney entry depicting an old-fashioned barn dance, with music and dancers. Third prize of $7 went to the Menominee Township Birch Creek float which depicted the importance of dairying in the township. Entertainment features of the day included band concerts by the Stephenson High School Band, directed by Dick Lucke, and the Menominee American Legion Band, conducted by L.A. Menacher. The M & M Yacht Club sponsored swimming, diving and sailboat races in the afternoon. The annual Dairy Day event was relocated to Shakey Lakes Park and more recently became the Menominee County Fair.
Photo from the collection of the late Ken Rasner Sr.