Tori Bushmaker, Coleman, (left) serves Dameon Burke, 6, and Tom Burke at Breakfast on the Farm Sunday on Mark and Dawn Carviou’s farm in the town of Porterfield. A video of the event can be viewed on ehextra.com. <br> EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Tori Bushmaker, Coleman, (left) serves Dameon Burke, 6, and Tom Burke at Breakfast on the Farm Sunday on Mark and Dawn Carviou’s farm in the town of Porterfield. A video of the event can be viewed on ehextra.com.
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TOWN OF PORTERFIELD - People were finding their way through backed-up cars and fields of grass to get to Mark and Dawn Carivou's farm in Porterfield Sunday morning, and it wasn't just for a bit of fresh air.

The Carivous were hosting this year's Breakfast on the Farm event for Marinette County Dairy Promotions Inc.

"We said yes when they approached us about it because Mark is really proud of what he and his family has built here and he wanted to help promote dairy in the area and education," said Dawn.

The event included an extensive buffet, self tours of the farm, educational exhibits and many activities for children including bouncy houses, pedal tractor pulls, pony rides and an animal petting area. There was also live music for the people who just wanted to relax and enjoy their ice cream sundaes.

"I think it's great for people to get the chance to be closer to the animals on a farm and get a good look at what happens on a farm," Dawn explained. "Everyone drives by a barn on the side of the road and we all know what they look like, but not many people get the chance to go inside of one and see the inner workings of their community's farms."

A baby Angus was born that morning, a surprise that gave special meaning to "experiencing the farm," according to Dawn.

"It was very exciting for us," she said.

Mark and Dawn took over the farm for his family in 1997. This is the first time they've hosted an event such as Breakfast on the Farm, which they estimated brought in a little less than 5,000 people.

"The hardest part was cleaning everything," she said. "We always keep our farm clean, of course, but we really made an extra effort for this weekend. We had friends and neighbors offering to help us get the farm ready because they knew what kind of work had to be done and we really appreciated the help."

"It also gave us the motivation to finish a few projects we've had around," Mark added.

Marinette County Dairy Promotions Inc. organized the rest of the event including the breakfast menu, tractor pull equipment from the Pickett Steam and Gas Engine Club, and face painting and balloon animals from Merline's Magic & Face Painting from Oconto. The Marinette County 4-H Club also pitched in by providing some animals for a small petting zoo.

"I like seeing the people come and experiencing this part of farm life and enjoying themselves," Mark said.

"There is just a lot to see and so many activities," Dawn added. "People can really be here all day if they wanted to."

According to Chris and Barbara Nelson of Marinette, that's exactly why they came.

"I hadn't been to one of these in years and we've had a lot of fun," Chris said. "Where else are we going to find this much fun and entertainment for only $6?"

Barbara had worked on a farm during her high school years and said being at this event had brought back memories.

"It is a great family experience," she said.

Their daughter, Katlyn, 2, had different reasons for enjoying their family outing. While it was clear she had liked having rainbows painted on her arms and legs, when asked what her favorite part was, she answered, "the kittens."

People can find more information and photos from the Breakfast on the Farm event on Facebook.