When I was flying to Madison to exhibit dairy cattle at the World Dairy Expo I would have never thought that Expo 2010 would be something more than just cattle and good dairy friends, but a special surprise was behind my boyfriend’s door. I, Kim Wilson, am a senior in college at Oklahoma State University. I grew up on a family dairy, Mi-Wil Farms, in Neosho, Missouri where we have registered Holsteins, Jerseys, and Guernseys. A lot of my focus growing up was in the show ring, the dream of showing on the colored shavings had me sold. I have always enjoyed showing and judging; and it kept to be my passion. Brandon Grewe works on his family dairy, Valley Gem Farms, in Cumberland, Wisconsin, where they milk an average of 140 head of Guernseys and Holsteins primarily. Brandon attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison short course. He too has the strong passion of showing dairy cattle. We both have exhibited at World Dairy Expo for several years now, and it is a huge focus on every year. When I describe World Dairy Expo to my fellow classmates, I simply say, it’s the fairytale land of the dairy industry. Now that you know a little about myself and Brandon, I will continue with the main story. This year at expo my family was exhibiting three head. My one Guernsey cow was being stalled with Brandon, because his string was all Guernseys, and my Jerseys went in with a Jersey string. Keep things simple in my mind. So prior to traveling, Brandon told me one day to bring “fancy” clothes. Now why would I need “fancy” clothes at WDE? Since we didn’t get to see each other on our four month anniversary, Brandon wanted to take me out to a nice fancy dinner. This idea just smoothed right on by me, no questions asked, I just did as he asked. I brought my fancy clothes and on Sunday, September 26 we went downtown Madison to a little romantic Italian restaurant, Porta Belle. I’ll make you aware of what I was wearing, heels and a dress. Let’s just say parking downtown is not lovely and walking was a have to. Dinner went well, and we had dinner early so we could milk the cows and finish chores for the evening. We were suppose to head to camper to change into chore clothes, when he stopped in the parking lot at the expo center and said we are going for a walk. Now after walking downtown in uncomfortable heels taking a stroll at this time was not on my “to do” list. Let’s just say, I threw a little fit. Haha… He finally convinced me to walk, because he parked a little closer to where we would be walking. The place of the walk, none other than the famous Willow Tree ponds. Yes, sweet and romantic. As we walked down the sidewalk, we got closer to the pond and there standing was a close friend, Jaci Peterson, holding a Guernsey calf all dolled out with pink ribbons. Jaci handed me the calf, and Brandon pulled a box out of a basket that was hung from the calf’s neck. He proceeded to get down on his knee, and opened the box and asked the big question…. Will you marry me? I was just in shock….and of course I said YES!! All this time Jaci was capturing every moment by camera. My fiancé had every moment just planned so perfectly. The whole package of the proposal just fit the two of us so perfectly. How do two dairy enthusiasts get engaged, simple...World Dairy Expo!!

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Comment by Katherine Dotterer-Pyle on October 8, 2010 at 7:35am
omg! congrats! That was such an awesome story! You two were obviously meant for each other and at the world dairy expo! True dairy enthusiasts for sure! Reminds me of my own engagment...in a field that had just been freshly spread with cow manure (he didn't go down on one knee) but I said yes anyway! We'll be celebrating 2 years married on the 18th this month....and we've been farming on our own every since! Congratulations and best wishes!

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