THE TRADITION CONTINUES TO EVOLVE. The honoring of our dairy industry is still the foundation for the festival, but today huge crowds continue to come to Harvard the first weekend in June to enjoy the parade, milk, food, rides, games, shopping and entertainment, cattle show and much more. What started out with 3,000 people at the intersection of Ayer and Brainard streets has grown to well over 30, 000 and is held on the Milky Way Park grounds.
Harmilda is the fiberglass cow that sits at the Five Points since 1966. Robert Jones of Jones Packing Co. presented Harmilda as a gift and she has since become our town mascot. Her name is from the words Harvard Milk Days. Harmilda’s name came about in 1970 after Dorothy Mathews and Josie Smith won the” Name the Five Points Cow Contest”.
1st Milk Day Queen
Norma Garrett of Harvard was elected the 1st Harvard Milk Day Queen in 1945. “One of my outstanding memories is of sitting in a huge wooden milk bottle, waiting for my cue to kick out the door of the milk bottle and emerge as Harvard’s First Milk Queen.” -Norma (Garrett) Wittmus, Norma reenacts her Milk Queen debut for a photographer. Until the tradition ended in 1983, each year the queen would emerge from the huge milk bottle or a huge milk carton .