hillbillyDon’t forget the Legion Beer Garden downtown on Sat., Aug. 6 between noon and 5 pm. There will be live music by Hillbilly Highway as well as a raffle draw for a barbecue along with a $200 gift card to Greg’s Meat, proceeds to WDMH.

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Winchester Open Mic Night Dairyfest Edition 2016 Bring your singin’ dancin’ self to open mic night and see some great local entertainment. Hosted by MABALEKA, a rising star country-folk duo from Ottawa. Watch their award winning music video.

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dairydash 2016Ready to run? The Dairy Dash will get you mooving! There are 10km, 5km, and 2 km options. Register at 8 am on Sat., Aug. 6. Event starts at 8:30 am (9 am for the 2km Holstein Scamper). Here’s a link to the registration form.

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bingo2016B BINGO! Grab a ticket for Dairyfest Bingo at the Lions Hall on Thurs., Aug. 4. Proceeds to Dundas County Food Bank and WDMH. Tickets won’t last long!

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Wyatt's CHEO poster Get your kids in on the ball hockey fun on Sat., Aug. 6. Two age categories: 8-11 and 12-14. $100 per team.

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traveltrailerposter-2016Whether it’s glammed up or rough and rustic, we want to see your retro rolling home at Winchester Dairyfest. Come talk trailers with us! Take part Saturday or Sunday or both. Free overnight camping is available on the arena grounds (no service, no showers). Contact vintagetrailersec@gmail.com to register your ride.

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Roller Skate posterIn preparation for the return of the Dairyfest roller rink, the Dairyfest Committee and Township of North Dundas are bringing you roller skating/blading every Friday night at the Winchester Arena from 7 to 9 pm. Bring the kids! Bring a date! Bring your friends! Enjoy the lights and music and make some awesome memories. Hope to see you there.

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breaWinchester Dairyfest is thrilled to announce that country singer-songwriter Brea Lawrenson will perform at the 2016 Dairyfest Barn Dance on Aug. 6. With songs like Hell on High Heels, Bottom of the Bottle, and Canadian Pearl, the Carleton Place singer-songwriter ripped up Canadian radio last year.

Last year saw the release of Lawrenson’s album “#Brealieve,” as well as Country Music Association of Ontario nominations for Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star. She also performed at Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest.

Lawrenson began vocal training at the age of 13 and won first and second place awards at the Montreal Music Festival in the Classical and Broadway categories at 15. Her country music career has been going strong in an upward arc for the last several years. She has worked with a variety of producers and songwriters, spent time recording in Nashville, and has shared the stage with the Small Town Pistols, Brett Kissel, and Tom Cochrane, to name a few.

Lawrenson is starting the year by dropping a new single, called Lynchburg, on Jan. 18.

Tickets to the Dairyfest show can be purchased online by accessing the Paypal link at the top left of this site.

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Just like everything else in the world, dairy farming has its own terminology. Here’s a little run down so that you’ll be able to understand what your dairy farming neighbours are talking about.

AI – in dairy farming it doesn’t refer to “artificial intelligence,” it refers to “artificial insemination” the method of breeding cows by hand with semen purchased from an AI company. Most dairy farms use this method as it allows access to a wide variety of top-rated sires.

Bull – male dairy cattle, also called a sire

Cattle – general term to refer to animals of both or either sex

Cow – female cattle after they have given birth

Dry Cow – A cow that has completed her lactation period after calving, dry cows are usually within a couple of months of having their next calf

Freemartin – a sterile heifer, born as a twin with a bull calf. The twin brother’s hormones affect the development of the reproductive tract

Freshening – nothing to do with breath, though goodness knows some cows could use a mint or two. Freshening is when a dairy cow gives birth

Fresh Cow – A cow that has recently given birth to a calf

Heifer – a young female before she has had a calf

Steer – a castrated male, raised for meat

Udder – The bag-like organ containing the cow’s mammary glands. Each quarter of the udder has a teat. A cow has one udder, four teats.

There, don’t you feel more educated? Go ahead, converse with your farmer friends!

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