The first June Dairy Days ever held was on June 20 and 21, 1970. It was a two day event with various events. We do not know in which order they were held but we do know that Allen Rogge was Parade Marshal that year. Some of the first events ever held were a tractor pull, a June Dairy Days Queen pageant, an old time barn dance, a chicken Q, a refreshment stand, farm tours, dairy judging, a softball tournament and a milking contest. The present June Dairy Days event is a 3 day community festival. It is held in the main Village of West Salem park the first weekend in June, any day of the event must be in the month of June. The festival starts at 6:30 AM with a kickoff breakfast. At the breakfast the button design winner is announced as well as the parade marshal for the weekend is revealed. A speaker who promotes the dairy industry is also on hand. At 5:00 PM the festival starts with carnival rides, a food stand, and ice cream treats. Entertainment carries on throughout the evening and there is a fireworks show at 10:00 PM. Saturday features a fun run/walk at 7:00 AM and a 2 hour parade at noon. Sunday morning brings the 32 or 64 mile June Dairy Days Classique bicycle tour, the kiddie tractor pull is always a favorite . Featured food on Saturday and Sunday is a chicken Q, brats, pork sandwiches and other treats from the dairy tent.
2013 is brining many new events to the festival. Lots of fun for the family! A fishing tourney sponsored by Neschonoc Sports and Friends of Lake Neschonoc. Sunday Family Olympics, the "not so newly wed game. Many local dance shows both SAt and Sun, the Lacrosse Lightning is also running a presentation and clinic on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the schedule. You have to see the new Horse show...you will be amazed at Derick and Rhia.