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DAAHA celebrates 'Cow Appreciation Day'

In this Shaw Media file photo, Grayson Sullivan, of Sycamore, learns to milk an artificial cow belonging to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau at a 2014 Tuesdays on the Town event in downtown Sycamore. Friday is Cow Appreciation Day and there will be a cow outside the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association in DeKalb from 3 to 7 p.m.
In this Shaw Media file photo, Grayson Sullivan, of Sycamore, learns to milk an artificial cow belonging to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau at a 2014 Tuesdays on the Town event in downtown Sycamore. Friday is Cow Appreciation Day and there will be a cow outside the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association in DeKalb from 3 to 7 p.m.

DeKALB – The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association will celebrate Cow Appreciation Day from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday by exploring the many contributions of dairy cows.

Visitors can meet Maggie, a full-sized artificial cow, and try hand milking. Maggie, who will appear courtesy of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, demonstrates how cows were milked before the invention of milking machines. Some of the dairy innovations that occurred within northern Illinois, including the many accomplishments of Henry Gurler, also can be seen within the museum gallery.

“Cow Appreciation Day” is sponsored by the American Library Association. In the late 1800s, Emmett Lee Dickinson, a relative of Emily Dickinson, created “Cow Appreciation Day” as a tribute to poet Gelett Burgess. Burgess had written the poem, “I never saw a purple cow.” DAAHA is appreciating cows for their many contributions to agriculture.

Event admission is free. DAAHA is located at 111 S. Second St., Suite 204, in DeKalb.

For information, call 815-756-8737 or email daaha.inc@gmail.com.

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