If it’s June Dairy Month, it must be time for breakfast in Kewaunee County.
The county Dairy Promotion Committee held its annual June Dairy Month Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday morning at The Rendezvous of Luxemburg, feeding about 150 hungry people a hearty meal of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, milk, pastry, ice cream and more.
The event served as a chance to spotlight an even bigger meal – the 35th annual Breakfast on the Farm, scheduled this year for 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, June 11, at Wallace Dairy Farm, N9388 County Road P in northern Kewaunee County.
Paul Wallace Jr. is a fourth-generation dairy farmer. Emcee Kristy Pagel said he and his wife, Karina, and their children Aidan and Emerson have a “very precious background” in farming.
The original Wallace family homestead was built in Darboy in 1856, Pagel said. Paul Wallace Sr., the third of nine children, purchased a small dairy farm in Forest Junction and operated that while also working at a local paper mill.
When Paul Jr. was 5 years old in 1978, the family relocated to their current farm near the intersection of County Roads P and X.
“What I think is really pretty special is that Paul Jr. used his own money to purchase his first registered Holstein when he was just 14 years old,” Pagel said.
Wallace Dairy Farm LLC now milks a herd of about 100 cows, she said.
“As a true family working side by side, the family complements one another, focused on crops and cattle and their employees and keeping those very strong relationships and family ties, close to one another,” Pagel said.
The June 11 breakfast features a dairy brunch, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, entertainment and more. Tickets at $6 for ages 12+, $3 ages 4-12, and free for 3 and under are available “at the door” or in advance from Dairyland Veterinary Service in Casco, Ebert Enterprises, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, or Rio Creek Feed Mill.
The Wallace entourage had to leave the breakfast early because Aidan Wallace and Max Schoening, a crew member, had to join the rest of the Algoma High School track and field team at the state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in La Crosse. Schoening qualified in the shot put and Wallace in discus.