Brandon Almeiea said he’s been coming to Richmond’s Black and White Days for about six years.
“I own a small heard of registered Holsteins in Hilmar, California,” he said. “I like this show; it’s a fun and laid back show.”
Black and White Days has been a tradition for over a century and is the oldest show of it’s kind in the Western United States. The show brings in serious Holstein owners from near and far.
Harold Thomson, a Richmond resident who used to bring cows, said it’s a pretty good show and talked about how things have changed over the years.
“There aren’t that many dairies left around here,” he said. “There used to be a lot more dairies with small herds. Some had just one or two cows and some were a little larger, but they all came.”
Thomson worked for the Utah State University dairy for years before he retired. He knows cows.
Jon Schumann has been attending Black and White Days for 23 years. He is a herdsman at USU’s dairy. As a Richmond resident, he burns rubber on the highway from his family farm in Treasureton, Idaho and his work in the USU dairy.
Schuman is one of the committee members who puts the show together, drawing crowds from across the country.
Pat Heeren, from Glencoe, Minnesota, said Black and White Days is his favorite show. He has been coming for eight years.
“I get up in the morning and do the chores, I then look at the mountains,” he said. “We don’t have mountains like that in Minnesota.”
Kade Harris, of Richmond, said he milks about 300 head of cows with his father, Mike. Kay was there by himself to prepare for the show, while work on the dairy continued. He said he has been attending the cow show for 20 years.
Black and White Days Committee member Judd Anderson said, “This is the biggest Holstein show in one place west of the Mississippi.”
He said this year they will have a chuck wagon breakfast, parade and other activities in the park on Saturday.
The 10K Cowabunga Race will begin at 7:45. At 8 a.m. the 5k and one mile race will start.
“We usually have 150 to 200 people participate in the race,” said race organizer Kelly Crafts. “There are t-shirts and if you dress like a cow you could win a free breakfast.”
People can register online at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the day of the race until 7:15 a.m.
“We used to have a horse show, but I don’t think they are going to this year,” Anderson said. “They canceled it this year because of some horse disease.”