Iowa State Fair 'Milk and Moms Day' Set for Aug. 10
ANKENY, Iowa, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Iowans have a chance to join Aretha Franklin, Wynona Judd and Andre Agassi in thanking their moms for giving them milk during a contest at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The first-ever "Milk and Moms Day," sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Association, is set for Saturday, Aug. 10. Each person who brings an empty, round 12- or 16-ounce milk container to the Dairy Barn at the fair will receive a "got milk?" gift pack. In addition, any fair visitor may nominate his or her mom to be Milk's "Mom of the Fair," all you have to do is fill out an entry form. The mom selected will win two tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs football game. The promotion is built around the national celebrity radio and print "Ode to Mom" campaign in which celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Wynona Judd and Andre Agassi thank their moms for giving them milk to help them grow healthy and strong. The campaign helps promote milk consumption while expressing appreciation for the Moms who give their children milk. "This dairy checkoff-funded promotion helps to make the public aware of the new single-serve milk containers and of the health benefits of milk and dairy products," said Joe Lyon, of Toledo, Iowa a dairy producer and chairman of the Midwest Dairy Association's Iowa Division Board of Directors. Apparently Iowans are taking the message to heart as Iowa and the Des Moines market lead the nation in per-capita milk consumption. Iowa residents drink 14.6 million gallons of milk per year, which equals out to 23.6 gallons per person. Other Midwest Dairy Association activities at the Fair include the popular butter sculptures, displayed inside the Agriculture Building. Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through advertising, marketing, nutrition education and research. During the past three years, cheese and fluid milk advertising programs were responsible for selling an additional 1.5 billion pounds of milk annually, according to USDA reports. Since the national program began in 1984, per capita consumption of dairy products has grown from 519 pounds to approximately 600 pounds. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X06523255
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