5:30-6:00 p.m. Registration & Walk About
Explore the farm and engage in conversation, explore interpretive displays in the tent.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Farm to Barn Smorgasbord
Enjoy a locally grown, sourced, and prepared meal.
Presentation on who we are and what we do. Raffle drawing.
7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Barn Dance & Community Celebration
Dance the night away to the music of the band Reckless Remedy.
An ENORMOUS Thank You to all of our sponsors:
History of the Barn Dance:
Partnering for Progress is a collaboration of Gathering Waters (GW), Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP), Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF), and the Saxon Homestead. We began working together in 2009 to enhance our respective missions toward the shared goal of keeping life thriving in Wisconsin’s rural communities.
Beginning in 2009, we held an old-fashioned barn dance on a historic, working dairy farm to celebrate Wisconsin’s farmers, working lands, and rural heritage. Collectively, we recognize the need to conserve the state’s natural resources for everyone’s benefit. We built partnerships and raised vital funds to support our work to improve rural life. And we had fun!
The enthusiasm from the inaugural event was so invigorating we decided to make this an annual celebration and build on the synergy to promote the importance of Wisconsin’s working lands and rural communities.
Saxon Homestead Farm is a family partnership owned and operated by fifth-generation family members Robert Klessig and Kathleen Block-Klessig, Karl and Liz Klessig, their families, and their enthusiastic employees. Check out the stories behind the barn and the family history here.
The Mission of Partnering for Progress (PFP) is to work collaboratively to conserve farmland and natural resources, support beginning and continuing farmers, and sustain vibrant, rural communities to improve rural life in Wisconsin.