What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center
Reimer & Lyon Families Recognized in New Exhibits
Dr. Ken Reimer and the family of Norma “Duffy” Lyon were recognized in an appreciation and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23. The ceremony dedicated two new exhibits at Iowa’s Dairy Center. The newly installed floor-to-ceiling graphics surrounding the life-size model cow sculpted by Duffy Lyon honors Dr. Ken Reimer. Dr. Reimer is a career veterinarian and founding member of Iowa’s Dairy Center. The graphics and cow model are key components of the Iowa’s Dairy Story curriculum.
Additionally, the ceremony officially welcomed the cow/calf statue sculpted by Duffy, known as the “Butter Cow Lady” who sculpted the butter cow at the Iowa State Fair for more than 40 years. The statue originally sat outside of Duffy’s hometown of Toledo until it was damaged by a derecho in 2020. The cow/calf statue was repaired, repainted and rehomed to Iowa’s Dairy Center in the summer of 2022. It now greets the 10,000 annual visitors to the Dairy Center.
Farmer Events Planned this Fall
Join us for the upcoming events planned this fall at Iowa’s Dairy Center. Be sure to stay up-to-date with our website and Facebook page to learn more as event details are announced.
Community Enjoys Food Trucks & Moo-vie Night on the Farm
The weather was finally perfect for an evening of fun at Food Trucks & Moo-vie Night on the Farm held Sunday, Sept. 4. Visitors were able to try a variety of delicious food from local vendors and enjoy barn tours, lawn games, music and more. At dusk, the movie Barnyard was projected on a giant 20-foot screen. Thank you to Midwest Dairy for sponsoring the event and Iowa Corn for providing the popcorn for attendees.
Tri-State Ag & Dairy Expo Offers a Unique Learning Opportunity
More than 450 FFA members from 35 Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools participated in the annual Tri-State Ag & Dairy Expo held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Iowa’s Dairy Center. The expo featured dairy cattle and dairy products judging contests where students enhanced their evaluation skills. In addition to a competition for students, the expo offered seminars on agriculture topics which included calf care and dairy advocacy along with a visit from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. View results.