Marshfield’s Dairyfest Parade takes to the streets Saturday
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — One of the biggest parades you’re going to see anywhere in Central Wisconsin takes to the streets in Marshfield the morning of June 1.
It’s the big Dairyfest parade, and Debbie Bauer from the Chamber of Commerce says it includes marching bands, floats, and will wind south down Central Avenue to the Central Wisconsin State Fair Grounds. “It will step off at 11:00 on the corner of Second Street and Central Avenue. Four high school bands will be participating. We have more than 70 units this year, which is a really nice-sized parade.”
The parade typically draws thousands of spectators, from all over central Wisconsin, Bauer said. “Marshfield has just under 20,000 for population, and we estimate around 15-to-17,000 for the parade, so people come from all over.”
And for the first time many of the Dairyfest activities will be at the new Wenzel Family Plaza in downtown Marshfield. “We’re going to have the petting zoo. We’re going to have 13 food vendors down there,” Bauer said. “And there’ll be entertainment on the stage all afternoon.”
One of the new features is “Ag Alley,’ with a wide variety of delicious free products from Wisconsin-based producers. Bauer explained that, “We’ve always given out free milk. This year we added cranberries. We’ve added sausage, and samples of cheeses you wouldn’t normally buy.”
Bauer said the Dairyfest Parade and other related events go on rain or shine unless dangerous weather conditions are in the forecast.