Oct. 5 2011 04:56 AM

    In year 17, the Hoard's Dairyman and World Dairy Expo commercial exhibitor party was a great success.

    Dairy producers and youth from around the country make the trip to World Dairy Expo every year. They come to compete in the show ring, as part of a judging team, or maybe even in the fitting or showmanship contests. But there are a few more things to look at that just cows at every Expo.

    Obviously, we're talking about the commercial exhibits stretched throughout the Exhibit Hall, Outdoor Trade Mall, Coliseum corridors, Arena, and other buildings. This year, there are over 800 commercial exhibits. We invite all of them to our annual Tuesday night party to thank them for participating in the industry's biggest event of the year. It is also where World Dairy Expo announces the "best booth" awards. Look for a post on that shortly.

    Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you had a great time!

    This year, along with food and drink, we had Hoard's Dairyman Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream sundaes. They were delicious.

    Managing Editor Steve Larson scooping ice cream

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    The author , Amanda Smith, was an associate editor and is an animal science graduate of Cornell University. Smith covers feeding, milk quality and heads up the World Dairy Expo Supplement. She grew up on a Medina, N.Y., dairy, and interned at a 1,700-cow western New York dairy, a large New York calf and heifer farm, and studied in New Zealand for one semester.