Thousands attend Rock County Dairy Breakfast

Gov. Walker attends and serves food

TOWN OF JANESVILLE, Wis. - People from around Rock County enjoyed the annual dairy breakfast Saturday morning.

Dennis Kersten, owner of Den-Bar Dairy, hosted the Rock County Dairy Breakfast for the first time.

“We’re enjoying it. We’re having fun,” he said. “It’s a lot of people; more people than I expected. They’re talking 5,000; I think we’re going to top that the way it’s going.”

There were all-you-can-eat pancakes, games, musical performances, tractor rides and farm animals. Kersten said it took about six months to plan, and he knew two years in advance that his farm would be hosting the breakfast.

“This farm has been in the family name for 70 years. My dad bought it back in 1948,” Kersten said. “My wife and I bought the 75 acres across the road. It’s just something we love to do. We just like showing and helping people understand.” 

Kersten said his farm is one of the smallest hosting a county breakfast in Wisconsin this year.

“We milk 55 cows, average 55-60 cows; only own 195 acres, and everything is fed to the cows,” he said. “It’s a lot of work, just me and my wife; no hired men.”

Kersten said he was honored to host the breakfast and show his community what dairy farmers do.

Gov. Scott Walker was there Saturday and helped serve food.

The event is "just a great tradition here in the state of Wisconsin, making our way all over the place and seeing people and recognizing the importance of the dairy industry here,” he said.

Walker also attended the breakfast in Sauk County.

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