When a church bulletin noted that a local elementary school needed money to fill the gap for their healthy snack break, dairy farmer Michael Johnson ran. Rather, many people ran, when Johnson organized a Milk Fun[d] Run to help raise money for the need.

"I saw there was a need at the school for financial assistance," Johnson told his local paper, part of the Bluff Country News Group in southeastern Minnesota. "I wanted to educate people about the dairy industry and help them know more about what we do. I want people to know the importance of dairy products for the growth and development of our youth."

Trailside Holsteins is named due to the farm’s location next to a state trail – a perfect location for such a run. The 2.5 mile race will be held Saturday, June 7, starting at the Fountain Trailhead and ending at the farm. Last year, about one-third of the racers walked back to beginning after posting their time.

Not just fun

Last year, the total raised was $2,300. All of it went to Fillmore Central School’s Milk Fund. That amount was raised by race registrations, which is only a suggested donation of $20 per person or $40 per family. T-Shirts are also available to contribute to the total.

Johnson and his family also offer tours to the participants, showing the farm’s calves, barns, cows and feed area. The event will also kickoff Fountain’s Trail Days, the town's summer event celebrating the Root River Bike Trail.

Source: Bluff County News Group