Meridian Dairy Days 

For more than 80 years, Meridian Dairy Days has celebrated cows and curds on the third weekend in June.

It all starts with the appearance of large plywood cows, decorated by residents and groups. The colorful bovines start turning up around town the weekend before the main celebration.

This year's theme is Cowtoon Characters, so think Mighty Moo'er and Super Guernsey.

This year's Dairy Princess will be on hand to keep the milk mustaches at full attention at the Real Dairy Parade, which kicks off Friday at 7 p.m.

Other events include a carnival, a 5K fun run, a bike race and the odd-sounding milk mocktail competition.

New to the 2011 celebration is the Dairy Days Hatter Tea Party, which features Alice and Wonderland-esque crafts and snacks on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, in Storey Park.

Saturday morning at 8 a.m. is the Milk Run, so you might want to wait to gorge yourself on gouda until afterward. With the carnival running until Saturday at midnight, you'll be able to party until the cows come home.

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