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“Sizzling Day of Bacon” at Fair Oaks Farms, June 28, 2015

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Fair Oaks Farms. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone
On behalf of “Sizzling Day of Bacon”

The grand opening of Fair Oaks Farms’ newest agritourism attraction, the Pork Education Center, will be an over-the-top, family focused event celebrating the only pork education center in the nation focused on transparent pig farming.

The “Sizzling Day of Bacon” will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM, and will attract a wide demographic of individuals from around the nation.

The celebration will be hosted on the event grounds of Fair Oaks Farms, which are adjacent to the new Pork Education Center, and in the center itself, as well as across the rest of the Fair Oaks Farms campus.

“The grand opening celebration for this one-of-a-kind attraction will feature industry leaders, consumer products, great musical entertainment, delicious food and fun activities. It will be an exciting event for the whole family,” said Brian Martin, president of the board of directors for the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure.

The Pork Education Center is a nonprofit facility whose mission is to bring food to the table, educate consumers about the many uses of pork products and set industry standards, as well as offer a transparent look into the world of modern pig farming.

Guests to the center can learn amazing facts about how pork products are used in everyday life, challenge themselves on an exciting ropes course, watch videos about selecting and preparing pork, view a giant storyboard or play pig-related games.

Children will enjoy exploring the center’s tree house featuring a bacon slide and a “real” fireplace. This creative addition to the center was custom-made by Daniels Wood Land, Inc., and will be featured on the Animal Planet show “Redwood Kings.”

“We could have opened this amazing education center with just a ribbon cutting, but the creative minds of our board members and those at Mixdesign wanted to come up with a fantastic way to celebrate such a special building. I think we have planned a very memorable day,” Martin added.

The highlight of the grand opening celebration will be a concert showcasing the world famous Bacon Brothers Band – nothing says “bacon” quite like a performance by Michael and Kevin Bacon!

Additionally, the celebration will include a battle of the chefs’ pork cook-off competition, pork and related product samplings, a “bacon shake” for kids, a full day of kids’ activities and much more.

Tickets for the day’s events are $45 for adults and $21 for kids. The Bacon Brothers Band concert and entrance into both The Dairy and Pig Adventures, as well the educational centers on the Fair Oaks Farms campus, are included in the ticket price.

Fair Oaks Farms is located in Newton County in northwestern Indiana at 856 North County Road 600 East in Fair Oaks, just off I-65 Exit 220. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit http://fofarms.com/. Tickets can also be purchased online on Ticketweb. For more event details, contact Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone at nicki@mixdesign.com or call 219-322-7190.

Fair Oaks Farms Takes Top Honors at US Cheese Championship

March 29, 2015 Leave a comment
Havarti Cheese at Fair Oaks Farms.

Havarti Cheese from Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County, Indiana. Photo provided by the farms and used with written permission.

By Jed Stockton
Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Havarti took home first place honors at the U.S. Cheese Championship on March 17-19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Dill and Gouda also took home second place honors, while Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Gouda and Havarti Onion placed fourth.

“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to offering unparalleled quality in all of its products,” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms General Manager, “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheeses have earned championship recognition.”

The 2015 U.S. Cheese Championship saw 1,892 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 28 states.

Fair Oaks Farms product information is available at http://www.fofarms.com/ or at http://shop.fofarms.com/ or by calling 877-536-1194.

Fair Oaks Farms, an agri-tourism destination, is located at 856 N County Rd 600 East,
Fair Oaks, Indiana, in Newton County (northwest Indiana).

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South Shore Air Show at Fair Oaks Farms, July 11-13

April 26, 2014 Leave a comment
US Air Force Thunderbirds

The US Air Force Thunderbirds are the headliners at the South Shore Air Show, July 11-13.
Photo courtesy of the Media Gallery at http://afthunderbirds.com/.

By Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone
South Shore Convention & Visitors Association
http://southshoreairshow.com/

UPDATE 6/25/2014: This event has been cancelled due to excessive flooding at the venue.

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is pleased to announce the United States Air Force Thunderbirds as the headliners of the 2014 South Shore Air Show. The South Shore Air Show will be presented at Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County, Indiana, July 11-13, 2014.

The US Air Force Thunderbirds is the aerial demonstration squadron that showcases the pride, precision and professionalism of American airmen and the skills that all fighter pilots must possess. Spectators will be marveled by the Thunderbirds and the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet, as they perform a variety of stunning aerial formations. To watch a video on the Thunderbirds, visit http://bit.ly/1ijjtGm.

Fair Oaks Farms is a 33,000 acre attraction located at 856 N County Rd 600 East, Fair Oaks, Indiana, just west of I-65 Exit 220. This enables the two organizations to have ample room to make additions to the family-fun event. Attendees will enjoy exciting aerial acrobatics, Fair Oaks Farm attractions, as well as new additions.

More air show acts will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the air show, visit www.southshoreairshow.com or call 219-554-2720.