Traverse Colantha Walker
Dairy Festival ~ June 9, 2013
Our 4th Annual "Cow Fest," held on the second Sunday in June, will take place on June 9, from 9am-3pm. See you on The Piazza!
We will celebrate Colantha’s historic accomplishments, as well as the urban renewal of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a Traverse City landmark. What a wonderful community full of fun-loving foodies, locavores, farmers, artists, preservationists, and environmentalists who bring our Village-wide, family friendly, day-long festival to life :)
Of the 96 Holstein-Friesian cows that comprised the former Traverse City State Hospital’s herd, Colantha was by far the most prolific. In 1926, she produced 22,918 pounds of milk in a single year, making her the highest producer in the world! According to a Federal census during that same year, the State average production was only 3,918 lbs. of milk per cow per year! In her lifetime, from 1916 to 1932, her total production was 200,114.9 pounds of milk. Wow!
Colantha was so revered by hospital staff and patients that upon her death in 1932, a banquet was held in her honor, and a beautifully carved memorial stone was placed at her gravesite near the south end of the Commons property.
The former hospital facility, complete with magnificent historic buildings, massive barns, farmland and crop-land, was built in 1884 and remained in operation until 1989. The facility prided itself in becoming virtually self-sustainable through careful management of its crops and livestock. It is here, near the site of the historic cathedral barn, where Colantha Walker spent her bucolic life, lovingly tended to by the renowned staff and caretakers of the historic barns.
2013 Festival Schedule
Stay tuned for additional events!
Pancake Breakfast 9-11am
The Traverse City Fire Department, Local 646, will be serving up delicious Pancakes & Bacon, Coffee, Juice, and Moomers Milk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. $4/adult; $2/kid portion.
Farmers Market 9am-3pm
Find fresh fruits, veggies & herbs, cheeses, eggs, bread, honey, sweets, and other goodies straight from the farm!
Food Vendors 9am-3pm
There will be plenty of options for the whole family, inside & out: Moomers, Roaming Harvest, Higher Grounds, The Underground Cheesecake Company, TASTES of Black Star Farms, Shetler Family Dairy, Lil Bo, & Cuppa Joe. Yum!
Art & Craft Vendors 9am-3pm
Peruse the Piazza for handmade treasures that you simply must have...or head inside to find a bargain or two in The Mercato shops.
Kid's Korner 9am-3pm
Kids of all ages can have fun with art & music activities from KidzArt & Kindermusik, Balloon Twisting with Neil Sauter the Michigan Stiltwalker, Martial Arts Lessons from ATA Blackbelt Academy, Face Painting, & Chalk Zone.
Classy Cow Combo at Left Foot Charley 10am-3pm
A special pour of LFC's Gitali Sparkling Wine paired with local popcorn, Remy Picot Double Cream Brie, and an assortment of apples. $8
Live Moosic & Performances
Ruby John 9-11am
Kimmy O Shimmy & the Crystal Bindi Dance Troupe 12pm
Don Julin & Billy Strings 1-3pm
Participation Parade to Colantha's Headstone* 11am
Stroll along with the Dairy Queen (Sally Shetler), and the Dairy Princess (Elsie Campbell) to Traverse Colantha Walker's resting place by the Historic Barns. Are you coming in costume...? It 'll be fun :)
*The round-trip parade walk is 1 mile.
Moomers Wagon Rides Noon-3pm
Hop on the Cow Cart, and tale a scenic ride around the Village Campus and the Historic Barns area.
Cow Pie Eating Contest at Underground Cheesecake: 1pm
Free Pie Eating Competition with categories for Kids & Adults! Sign up the day of the Festival at UCC.
The Great Grilled Cheese Grill-off 2pm
Who makes the Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwich? You be the judge! Vote for the best sammie, as The Underground Cheesecake Company, Brew, Pleasanton Bakery & Cuppa Joe duke it out for Grilled Cheese Supremacy. This is gonna be delicious :) $5