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Breakfast for 5,000
Photo supplied Brugger Dairy will host this years Breakfast on the Farm from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, at N4611 Rechsteiner Road. The breakfast is hosted by, from left, Brian, Teresa, Eric, Nick, Josh, Dave, Lance and Barb Brugger. Dave and Brian took over ownership of the farm in 2006. The farm includes a 472-foot, four-row free stall barn that can house 384 cows. They milk and average of 425 cows each day.
MONROE - Food, crafts or fellowship; whatever the reason, the yearly Green County Breakfast on the Farm will attract thousands of people Saturday to Brugger Dairy, N4611 Rechsteiner Road.

The breakfast is organized every year by the Green County Ag Chest.

Abut 5,000 people are expected at the breakfast between 6 and 10 a.m.

This is the first time the Bruggers will host the event, Teresa Brugger said.

"We're looking forward to it," she said. It's going to be a lot of fun."

The Bruggers, Brian, Teresa, Dave and Barb, hope a lot of people come to the breakfast, Teresa said.

"We're going to meet a lot of people," she laughed.

If history repeats itself, there could be about 200 people in line before 6 a.m.

Businesses from Green County donate to the breakfast every year, and dozens of volunteers help make breakfast.

Buses will take people from the Monroe High School to the farm. There is no cost for transportation. The first buses leave the school at 5:30 a.m. and the final bus leaves the school at 9:15 a.m. Buses return to the High School from the farm with the last bus leaving the farm at 11 a.m.

Breakfast fare includes, scrambled eggs, coffee cake, sausage, cheese, coffee, juice and milk. And, it seems most people can't resist the strawberry sundaes for dessert.

According to the Green County Ag Chest Web site, the volunteer cooks will use more than 21,000 eggs, 1,300 pounds of sausage, 5,000 half-pints of milk, 126 gallons of ice cream mix, 3,500 cartons of orange juice, 200 coffee cakes, 110 pounds of butter, 480 pounds of cheese and 26 jars of coffee.

Along with the food, the breakfast includes arts and crafts, a petting zoo, wagon rides and live entertainment.

The cost of the breakfast is $3 for children ages 6 to 10 and $5 for people older than 11. Children under the age of 5 eat for free.

The breakfast brings city and country people together to experience life on a farm.

Local FFA and 4-H groups help set up tents, tables and chairs.

The first breakfast was held in Juda in 1961. From 1961 through 1979 the breakfast was held at various churches and schools. The first breakfast to be held on a farm took place in 1979.

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