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The Vernon County Dairy Promotion Committee and the Vernon County Cooperative Association will be holding their annual Dairy Gala at the Viroqua VFW, Thursday, Oct. 19.

Last year 125 people attended the event, which highlights the importance of the dairy industry and the effectiveness of member-owned cooperatives to the economic strength of an area.

The Vernon County Cooperative Association will present two Friends of the Cooperative awards at the event. This year’s recipients are the Kevin and Julie Larson of Viroqua and Orlan and Denise Bakkum of Westby. Both parties will be presented certificates for their service to the communities they serve and the cooperatives they helped build.

The Vernon County Dairy Promotion Committee will also present two awards. The committee has selected, but not released, the names of the 2017 Dairy Industry Restaurant of the Year and Friend of the Dairy Industry awards, which will be announced at the banquet.

Tickets are $25 and have been distributed to area cooperatives for purchase. There will be complimentary cheese and wine sampling from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by Oct. 11. Tickets are available at WCCU (Kerri Theige) at, or by contacting Jim Servais at 608-386-6175.


Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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