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Farm Tech Days is not just for farmers

OK, so you don't know the difference between silage and forage.

You wouldn't dream of asking to test drive a 300-horsepower, four-wheel-drive tractor and you have little interest in the newest technology for handling animal waste.

But the volunteers who've spent almost three years organizing this year's Farm Technology Days (FTD) are betting they've planned more intriguing activities than you can enjoy in a single day.

Pierce County's version of FTD Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, while heavy on the technology, will be a mix of past and present, entertainment and education, fun and functionality.

Here's a sampling of activities:

- Family Living Committee Co-chairwomen Carolyn Fenske and Karen Schumaker have gathered a tent full of booths celebrating families, family time, health, learning and entertainment.

- A stage in the 60-ft.-by-180-ft. tent will offer entertainment--ranging from musicians and vocalists to a collector of vintage clothing--all three days. Musical groups will provide something for most tastes, whether you enjoy watching a marching band or listening to Dixieland, country, barbershop, bluegrass or folk music.

- The Pierce County Public Health Department will offer tetanus vaccines daily for adults under 65, and workers at a computer and networking booth will provide answers to technological questions dealing with downloads, virus protection and family teleconferencing.

- The St. Croix Genealogical Society will show visitors internet sites helpful in searching for ancestors and display informative publications. UW-Extension will offer tips and activities demonstrating how to save money on food, energy and other household expenses.

- Representatives of the Great River Road Wine Trail will offer advice on wine-making techniques and provide information about grapes suitable for growing in this region.

For more please read the July 7 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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