CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- As I (Tajma Hall) am originally from Chicago, living in Wisconsin this last year has been quite an experience. Growing up downtown, I had never actually been to a state fair until now. Thankfully, WEAU’s own Abigail Hantke, grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and was able to introduce me to all the sights and sounds of the 2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair.
Abigail, a self-proclaimed fair expert, gives me an inside look at one of the main attractions…the animals. Our first stop was to the livestock barn, which was filled with cows. Curious to know more about the role animals have at the fair, Abigail explains that the fair is about more than just the rides and the food. “I think the fair is all about the 4H kids and the FFA members because they're here to show off the agricultural needs," she said.
From cows, to goats, horses, pigs and more…to my surprise, showing animals is a huge part of the fair and a big deal to many local kids. “We have to focus on ourselves and the horse to show the best of what each of us can be so we have to work as a team to show them the best that we can be," said one student showing her horse at the fair.
Fair officials say more than 300 4H kids are participating in this year's fair, along with nearly 900 school exhibitors and more than 450 other entries for fair judging. Abigail grew up on a farm just outside Janesville and has a lot of experience showing animals at the fair. I had the chance to see what it’s like to show a dairy cow.
”Normally you walk backwards and you always want to have their head up high so their neck looks long," said Abigail. She also introduced me to food at the fair.
Cheese curd and fried Oreos were among the fair favorites, rounding out a successful first fair experience.