Kickapoo Country Fair Cooks Up a Tasty Blend

Visit the Midwest’s largest celebration of organic food and lifestyles in LaFarge, Wisconsin.

| June 25, 2010

LaFarge, Wisconsin - Perhaps one of Wisconsin's best-kept secrets – the Kickapoo Country Fair – is unrivaled as the largest celebration of organic food and lifestyles in the Midwest. This year's two-day event, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, in LaFarge, Wisconsin, will celebrate the connections between food and the many cultures and communities in this unique corner of the state. Dr. Temple Grandin, recently named one of TIME Magazine's most influential people in the world and a leading national authority on humane livestock handling, will be the featured keynote speaker on Saturday.

Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,600 organic family farmers nationwide, created the Kickapoo Country Fair seven years ago as a celebration of life in the Kickapoo River Valley. Nestled amidst the steep hills and coulees of southwestern Wisconsin's Driftless region, the Kickapoo Country Fair attracts thousands of attendees for two fun-packed days of delicious organic food, cooking demonstrations, live music, readings by renowned authors, bike and farm tours, theater, kids' activities, and dancing – all offered at an affordable price for families. Tickets, which provide access to all activities, are only $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under on Saturday, and Sunday Family Day tickets are only $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

"We're proud that the Kickapoo Country Fair has become an annual summer destination for growing numbers of Midwesterners. There's so much to celebrate about the many cultures and rural traditions here, and how better to show off the diversity than through food and live music,” says George Siemon, one of the founding farmers and CEO of Organic Valley. "This year, we're extremely honored to welcome Dr. Temple Grandin, whose work in humane animal care is an inspiration to our co-op's farmers and other animal-lovers nationwide.”

The heart of the fair is the Kickapoo Kitchen Tent, where fairgoers can participate in hands-on workshops, learn cooking techniques from chefs, meet Organic Valley farmers and sample free food all weekend long. If they're still hungry, organic food from local farmers and restaurants will be available to satisfy even the most adventurous and discerning of foodies, from organic Jamaican jerk chicken to organic fruit smoothies and organic maple cotton candy. A tasting of local Wisconsin beers and cheeses will also take place in the Kickapoo Kitchen tent late Saturday afternoon. For those looking to fortify themselves for a second day at the fair, an all-you-can-eat Kickapoo Country Breakfast will be offered on Sunday morning.

Beloved Wisconsin author and musician Michael Perry is just one of the artists Organic Valley has lined up for this year's fair. Perry will read from his latest book Coop, a Year Of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting, a humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country, and make a rare appearance with his band, the Long Beds.

Back by popular demand, the amazing "acrobaticalists” known as Nanda are returning for a third year to thrill children and adults alike with their kung fu action-packed entertainment, both onstage and in a free workshop. For those looking for more nostalgic kinetics, the Hula Hoop Extravaganza on Sunday should put a nice spin on the day.

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