Strap on your running shoes and get ready to head over to Stephenville City Park Saturday where the 11th annual DairyFest will take place.

This year, DairyFest kicks off its first annual “Milk Town Trot” 1K and 5K fun run. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. with the race starting promptly at 8. The run will take you through City Park and the surrounding area.

DairyMax will also be on hand to promote Dairy Farmers of America’s new milk-based sports drink. The first 100 entries will receive a free DairyFest T-shirt.

Melissa Proffitt, executive director of TriCounty Agribusiness Association, said this year’s event promises to be one of the best ever.

“We are so excited about this year’s DairyFest. We’ve brought back all the family favorites, including inflatable water slides and games to delicious cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, yogurt smoothies and ice cream,” Proffitt said. “We’ve also added a few new activities for area families, including our fun run. It’s going to be a great day of family fun.”

The event will also feature a variety of vendor booths for event-goers to browse through as well as the sounds of great local bands. And don’t forget the dairy-related games for the kids!

Pick up a DairyFest T-shirt for only $10, or get your picture taken on the back of a longhorn steer. Cool yourself off in a misting tent and take a pony ride. DairyFest has it all!

Armbands will be available at booths throughout the park for $1. The armband will allow you to enjoy all the great tasting food and drinks.

The purpose of DairyFest is to celebrate the success of the tricounty area’s largest economic influence, promote its future, and foster a closer relationship between the urban and rural communities in the area through family fun related to dairy animals, products, and services.

DairyFest will take place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

DairyFest is a S.P.A.R.D Event sponsored by TriCounty Agribusiness Association, HEB, Southwest Dairy Farmers, and the dairy farm families of DairyMax.

For more information call 254-965-2406, e-mail, or visit the Web site