Monday, July 21, 2014

Dear friends and farmers,

I invite you to join us at the 86th Annual Lake County Fair this week.  The fair is located at 1060 E. Peterson Road in Grayslake, Illinois and will take place Wednesday, July 23 - Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The fair features a variety of entertainment options.  One of these options includes the 4H general projects and livestock projects.  4H children from all over the area get to show off all of their hard work.General projects will be on display in the 4H barn so that visitors can see how the kids did after going through the judging process.  The livestock portion is spread out during the week.  Our very own GLENVIEW CLOVERS 4H will be displaying their own work as well in both the general project area as well as the livestock areas.

Hundreds of animals will be at the fair this year - goats, chickens, beef cattle, pigs, turkeys, dairy cattle, sheep, rabbits, horses, and a few surprises!  The GLENVIEW CLOVERS will have chickens, sheep, dairy cows and pigs at the fair. Touring the livestock barns is a great opportunity to see the animals close-up and meet their loving caretakers that have worked all year to prepare for the fair.  4-H kids and open class exhibitors fill the livestock barns are the true heart of the agricultural history of the fair.

The livestock barns are open daily.  Be sure to check out the fair's daily schedule for a complete listing of competitions, demonstrations, and activities.  2014 Highlights:

Livestock Judging, Costume Contest, Master Showman Competition, Crazy Cow Relay Races, Small Pet Demonstrations, Livestock Auction.....and More!

Come spend a day at the fair ad see how hard the GLENVIEW CLOVERS 4H CLUB has worked.

See you all there!

Cheese-making: An Art and a Science
Written by Andrea Just for the Wagner Tales Winter 2014 Issue

Last Christmas I received a cheese-making kit and thought to myself, what a great gift! I love cheese, I love to cook, and here is everything I need to make 30 pounds of mozzarella and ricotta.  Well, not everything. If you want good cheese, you must start with good milk.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dear friends and farmers,

My name is Marina Madsen and I have been in the Glenview Clovers 4H club for six years. The club is held at Historic Wagner Farm for kids ages 8-18 to learn about life on the farm and also to become active members of their community.  We do many community service events and we have a meeting each month.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dear friends and farmers,

Over the holiday weekend, I spent a lot of time with my family. At one point, we were sitting down, enjoying vanilla ice cream cones. My dad, somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur despite a slight lactose intolerance, remarked on how it had been a long time since he had vanilla ice cream. Casually, he mentioned that there weren't other flavors of ice cream available when he was a kid. Weren't other ice cream flavors?! He clarified: just vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and the collection of all three, Neapolitan.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tractor Talk, a recurring column by ScottAllen Barber within the Wagner Tales Quarterly Newsletter

I thought it might be appropriate to profile the two Case tractors that reside at Historic Wagner Farm. First, the 1942 SC that is still in use was actually from the Wagner’s ownership of the property. Second, because it’s 1944 cousin joins our static display near the Fordson this year, and third, because it was probably manufactured just “up the road” (in Racine, WI)!