Eau Claire (WQOW) - Friday morning early risers were rewarded with a belly full of a delicious breakfast. We're talking about the 18th annual Breakfast in the Valley!
It's a ChippewaValley tradition that brings out thousands of people to the Eau ClaireExpoCenter to enjoy a meal that includes eggs, muffins and of course cheese curds!
The event is organized by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. About 3,400 people attended this year. The chamber says that's one of the larger crowds they've seen. WQOW News 18 asked some of those in attendance why they woke up with the sun to be there.
Donna Lee, who attends every year, says, "I get up real early in the morning so it's real fun to come out and see all the people."
Volunteer Bob Boecher, says, "Everyone is having a good time, it's for a good cause. You know, June being dairy month it just brings everyone together to have a good breakfast."
Joan Gray, who attended for her second year, says, "I actually like the blueberry muffin a lot! But, I just like meeting some new people here."
And of course it wouldn't be breakfast in the valley without a celebrity milk drinking contest. Eau Claire's Own Jackson Scmidtke and Kyle Jorgenson both participated. Jackson was the winner of the first heat. His prize? A cow bell!
Eau Claire (News Release) - Agriculture, business and the general public will come together at the 18th Annual Breakfast in the Valley, on Friday, June 13, 2014. Scrambled eggs with ham, cheese, mushrooms and onions, muffins, cheese, cheese curds, bananas, milk, orange juice, coffee and the traditional June Dairy Breakfast treat of corn flakes with Culver’s custard and strawberries will be served from 5 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Eau Claire County Exposition Center.
Breakfast in the Valley is hosted by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by more than 80 businesses. Over 300 volunteers from area businesses will prepare and serve the breakfast. Chippewa Valley dignitaries and elected officials will be among those helping to serve.
Eggs will be cooked in two four-foot skillets designed and built by students at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Each skillet holds 500 eggs at one time, cooked by a crew of volunteers.
In addition to a great breakfast, there will be agricultural product displays, business displays, a petting zoo, door prize drawings, milk drinking contests at 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. with local celebrities, antique tractors, Friend of Agriculture Award, Conservation Awards and a visit from the newly-crowned 67th Alice in Dairyland. The Our-Favorite Holsteins (Todd Stanek and Family) in Fall Creek and Volbrecht Family Farm of Eau Claire will be at the breakfast showcasing information on their farms. The first 2,700 people will receive a commemorative Breakfast in the Valley coffee mug compliments of Eau Claire Energy Cooperative.
Cost of the Breakfast is $6 per adult or $2 for children 3-12, 2 & younger are free. Tickets are only available at the door.
The Eau Claire County Exposition Center is located on Fairview Drive, south of the intersection of I-94 and Highway 93. Free parking is available and the facility is handicap accessible.
For more information, contact the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce at (715) 834-1204.
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