Yesterday was a special one in the state of Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Bucks laid claim to an NBA title last night for the first time in 50 years as undisputed Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo fashioned a performance for the ages, scoring 50 points in a thrilling 105-98 victory at sold-out Fiserv Forum and viewed by 65,000 delirious fans outside in the Deer District.
A celebration five decades in the making ensued well into the night in Milwaukee after the humble superstar, who chose to stay in the small-market city by the team that drafted him, led the Bucks to a third straight finals victory to win the series 4-2.
Another passion in the Badger state—agriculture—kicked off its “Super Bowl” in Eau Claire yesterday.
Farm Technology Days, hosted by family-owned Huntsinger Farms, opened its three-day run in a field south of Eau Claire that was transformed into a village of all things agriculture.
The breath and scope of the event featured agri-businesses, exhibits, farm tours, contests (from tractor driving to equine), shows, food, and a concert by the area’s beloved country star Chris Kroeze.
An estimated 18,000 visitors were in attendance Tuesday, including approximately 620 volunteers who are crucial to staging this enormous event that takes place on a 270-acre field.
“Day one of Farm Tech Days 2021 – Eau Claire is in the books and we are super excited about how well the day went in terms of attendance, engagement of attendees,” said Lee Caraher, Chair of the publicity & promotion committee for the event, which was postponed from July 2020 to this year due to the pandemic.
Gov. Tony Evers and Secretary of Agriculture designee Randy Romanski spoke at the opening ceremony and then toured major attractions such as Innovation Square and the Youth & Career Discovery Zone. They also met the owners of local family farms: Huntsinger Farms, Nellie’s Holsteins, and Ferguson’s Orchard.
Farm Technology Days runs through Thursday and hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission costs $10 per day per person or a family ticket for up to five people runs $40. Children 12 and under are free, as is parking. Traffic to the event is heavy, so expect delays. Wear comfortable attire and walking shoes, as visitors can easily walk several miles in covering the grounds to check out the hundreds of exhibits and activities.
Form more info, check out www.wifarmtechdays.org.