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Hello everyone.  If you’re looking to do something local, tasty, and fun this weekend then you should attend the 8th Annual Kickapoo Country Fair at Organic Valley in La Farge, WI.  Keith and I will be there for the first time this weekend.  We are excited about participating in the DIY Artisan Ice Cream & Tasting class, enjoying some music, and getting a chance to meet Will Allen and Andrew Zimmern.  If you’ve got kids, there are many activities planned for them.  Here is the schedule of events.

 Parachute Games photo courtesy of Organic Valley

Will Allen, named one of TIME Magazine’s “World’s Most Influential People” in 2010 and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant. Allen is among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy and systems and is the founder of Growing Power. Based in Milwaukee, Growing Power serves as a ”living museum” or “idea factory” on sustainable food systems for the young, the elderly, farmers, producers, and other professionals ranging from USDA personnel to urban planners. Training areas include everything from urban agriculture, permaculture and food distribution, to community engagement and participatory leadership.

Andrew Zimmern, will address fair-goers with a keynote speech and cooking demonstration. Zimmern is a Twin Cities native, James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher, and is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the co-creator and host of the Travel Channel’s hit series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Food World,” he travels the world exploring food unique to various communities.

 Kids Meets Kid photo courtesy of Organic Valley

So I bet you are pretty excited by now.  Keith and I have 5 pairs of tickets (that’s 10 total) for our readers to win.  All you have to do is post a comment about your favorite thing/favorite activity in the summertime.  Me, I love to eat ice cream, even for breakfast!  We will use a random number generator to pick the winners.  If you’re a winner then your name will be put on a list which they will have at the ticket booth.  You will get to enjoy a  fantastic event in a gorgeous setting.   We will announce the winners this Friday morning.  Good luck!

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