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World Dairy Expo returns

Slideshow: Cows, kids and companies were glad to be back at the Wisconsin event.

After two long years, showgoers were happy to return to the familiar sights and sounds of all things cow at World Dairy Expo.

The 2020 show was canceled because of COVID-19. So, attending this year’s show from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., was extra special. Showgoers were able to watch eight international breed shows on Expo’s famous, colored shavings (purple this year), see exhibits by global dairy companies, shop at The Purple Cow gift shop, grab a grilled cheese sandwich, and attend dozens of educational seminars and virtual tours.

Expo also hosted several judging and skills contests at the 4-H, FFA, intercollegiate and postsecondary levels.

While the numbers for exhibitors, cows and attendees were down a bit this year, it was the air around the show that made it a success. And being blessed with beautiful weather with sunny skies and highs in the 70s each day added to the ambiance and magic of this year’s event.

But perhaps the greatest activity attendees universally enjoyed at Expo this year was being able to reconnect with friends and acquaintances in a place they hadn’t been since 2019. Those who made the trip to Madison were not disappointed. This was an Expo to remember, and there truly was something for everyone at this year’s show.

Farm Progress canvassed the show and captured some highlights of the four-day event. Click through the slideshow to see the kids, cows and companies that returned to World Dairy Expo.

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