By Blair Thomas
Since the 1990s, we’ve seen our favorite celebrities wearing milk mustaches to promote the health benefits of milk. But June Dairy Month has been keeping the importance of dairy in the forefront of people’s minds for much longer, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012.
Started in 1937 as “National Milk Month” supported by the National Dairy Council and dubbed “June Dairy Month” in 1939, the promotion was originally designed to increase dairy demand during the summer months of peak production. It transformed into promoting the overall use of dairy foods in the mid-1950s.
In Tennessee, communities celebrate with parades and festivals, such as Greene County Partnership’s June Dairy Days Celebration and Athens’ National MooFest Dairy Festival. The Tennessee 4-H Club sponsors a poster contest for members and honors the winners at a luncheon in Nashville.
How do you plan to honor June Dairy Month? Find more events honoring dairy and other June events here.