Our program started in 2011 when a group of 4-H dairy advisors from Northeast Ohio decided that we needed more than just contests and workshops for 4-H dairy youth. They created an all-day event that had a few interactive, hands-on sessions on topics like fitting, nutrition, and showmanship. They had no idea how successful the event would become.
Fast forward to 2016. DairyPalooza Northeast has been held in three different counties and expanded from 60 participants to over 300. In 2015, the program split and created DairyPalooza West in Auglaize county, to bring the program to the other side of the state. The day starts with state-certified Quality Assurance for youth, specialized advanced sessions for adults, and a whole day of programming for Cloverbuds. In the afternoon, sessions on reproduction, dairy marketing, calf and cow nutrition and more give youth the opportunity to pick what interests them most and learn something new. Old favorites like fitting and showing are still offered to give participants the chance to enhance their skills.
We're already planning for DairyPalooza 2018. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
Want to spread the word about DairyPalooza? Download our informational flier to pass out at your next 4-H meeting, dairy committee meeting, or to give to your extension agent!