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Rockledge Farms hosts Oconto County’s premier June Dairy Month event

Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm served around 5,000 meals Sunday morning, organizers say.

Groups of three or more men and women each gathered around four huge pans heated from below, stirring gallons of eggs into a properly scrambled consistency.

Horses and tractors pulled wagons packed with people to and from their vehicles and around Rockledge Farms in rural Lena. Children lined up to have their faces painted, chainsaw wood carver Dave Bartels fashioned an eagle and a lighthouse from a log, and families interacted with cows and other farm animals, as well as a pair of cute puppies.

Young and old ooohed and ahhed over the antique cars and tractors parked near John and Katrina Zak’s giant cow sculptures and watched as several Garrigan Brothers antique machines shucked and popped corn as they chugged along.

In short, it was another successful Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm. For four hours Sunday morning, several thousand people converged on the Zaks’ farm along Tower Drive Road to get a taste of the agricultural life in the county’s annual premier June Dairy Month event.

“We’re hoping to feed about 5,000 people,” Bobbie Windus said as she climbed aboard a UTV to make another round of the grounds.

Windus, the agriculture teacher at Lena High School, co-chairs the Breakfast on the Farm committee with Jordan Rank.

The core committee of eight to 10 people depends on the 200 to 300 volunteers who put up the tent, cook the food, organize the entertainment, lay out the parking area and direct traffic, take tickets, man booths, and otherwise keep the gigantic exercise running smoothly.

And when the tents come down, the process starts all over again. The 2018 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon June 10 at the Sunrise Dairy in Suring.