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Live display highlight of this year’s Calumet Fair

The words “shark” and “Chilton” are rarely used in the same sentence, but that is going to change this year during the Calumet County Fair. The Live Shark Encounter show is coming to the fair which will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, at the fairgrounds in Chilton. The only traveling live shark show of its kind will allow fair-goers the chance to get up close and personal with live sharks—but not quite as up close and personal as the trained diver who will be in the large tank with the sharks as an announcer communicates with the audience. The educational experience concludes with an invitation to the audience to step up to the specially designed aquarium for a close-up view of the sharks. Eleven shows are being planned during the four-day run of the fair. Shows are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2 at 2, 5 and 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4 at noon, 2, 5 , and 7 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sharks have captured mankind’s imagination for thousands of years, stirring the fears and fascination of ocean-goers and scientists alike. Their legacy has been as misunderstood as it has been “old and bloody.” Now more than ever, the importance of understanding this species is critical for

its survival, representatives of the Haai, Inc. Live Shark Experience said. This attraction is self-contained with its own canopy where patrons can sit in comfort and enjoy the sharks swimming in their aquarium. The show and exhibit combines education and entertainment all presented in a fun and entertaining format, Haai, Inc. officials said. Shark encounters continue to be in the news so Haai officials said there is no better time to educate people as to safety and conservation regarding sharks, as well as the value of sharks in the eco-system. While Calumet County is a long way from any waters which regularly have sharks in them, the topic of sharks continues to be popular. Over 29 million viewers sampled Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. It is the highest rated franchise among 18- to 49-year-old men. There were 98 unprovoked shark attacks in 2015. The previous record was 88 in 2000. Shark attacks obviously can have tragic outcomes. Demonizing sharks and hunting them down after an attack is not the answer, show officials said. Sharks are becoming extinct with over-fishing. Haai, Inc. Aquatic Exhibits works with different species of sharks including nurse sharks, lemon sharks, brown sharks, and sand-tiger sharks.

Attendees at the 2016 Calumet County Fair are invited to attend at least one of the four daily “Live Shark Encounters” being staged on Labor Day weekend. Ray Mueller photo

‘Fins & Feathers’ theme of this year’s fair

“Fins & Feathers” is the theme of this year’s Calumet County Fair Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5. The “fins” part is covered in the article above highlighting the first-time visit of the Live Shark Encounter show to the fair. At the very least, the “feathers” part is covered every year by the chickens being displayed by youths hoping to win a blue ribbon. With all sorts of other activities happening daily at the fair, it is sure to add up to a magical time for attendees. What has been billed for years now as the “Biggest Little Fair in Wisconsin” is located at the fairgrounds in Chilton. Admission fees to the Calumet County Fair vary as to the day and hour. On opening day, Friday, folks can enter the fairgrounds until 1 p.m. free. After 1 p.m., it will cost $3. Saturday fair-goers pay $6 to get into the fair. But from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday people who bring along a non-perishable food item can enter the grounds free of charge. Sunday admission is $6 and on Monday it is $6 except military veterans and current Armed Forces people are admitted free with a military ID. Children who are age 7 and younger

are admitted free of charge during the entire run of the fair. Admission fees to the grandstand for scheduled events there also have been announced. At the tractor/truck pull on Saturday at 7 p.m. admission is $3. Sunday, the Catch-A-Pig contest at 3 p.m. in the grandstand costs $3. Monday the Lakeshore Garden Tractor Pullers are in the grandstand with admission also being $3. Children age 3 and younger enter the grandstand free all weekend. Monday is Military Appreciation Day. A military salute service program takes place at 10 a.m. in the Pavilion and anyone with a military identification enters the fairgrounds for free on Monday (see related story inside).

Friday events The fair begins on Friday. The first scheduled activity is the judging of swine starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Harder-Goeldi Building. Sheep will be judged at noon, poultry at 2 p.m., and beef at 2:30 p.m. Open class judging in a variety of categories including Plant & Soil Sciences, Flowers & Houseplants, Photography, Woodworking, Clothing & Textiles, and more starts at 11 a.m. Bingo will be played from noon to 4

p.m. in the Pavilion. The carnival at the fairgrounds opens at 4 p.m. Friday. Wisconsin’s Spudmobile will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair’s first Shark Encounter show is scheduled for 2 p.m. (see story above for the full schedule of this show during the fair). Bobby Darren & Sheila Marie will provide music from 4 to 8 p.m. The fair food stand fish fry will run from 4 to 9 p.m. The 4-H Food Auction takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. The Diane Remy School of Dance is scheduled to perform in the Pavilion from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Barrel racing will take place in the horse arena starting at 7 p.m. Grupo Extremo will provide a Fiesta Friday in the Pavilion starting at 8 p.m. Saturday events Saturday’s judging starts at 9 a.m. and will include all dairy classes, rabbits, antiques, horses, and beer and wine. On Saturday the carnival opens at noon. DJ Neubs & The Young Performers Showcase is scheduled from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. A Kiddie Tractor Pull is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. in the Pavilion. Chainsaw carving artist Dave Bartels

will do his thing from noon to 5 p.m. Rondini Abramagic shows are scheduled at 1 and 5 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent, and the Rondini Fun Science Show is planned at 3 p.m. The band Copper Box is scheduled to play from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. A Teen Dance featuring DJ Neubs will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent. The Tractor/Truck Pull is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the grandstand, with the band Bella Cain playing from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Pavilion. Sunday events Voices of Peace will sing in the Family Entertainment Tent starting at 9 a.m. Team roping will take place in the Horse Arena starting at 9 a.m. A church service will begin at 10 a.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent. The carnival opens at noon. The popular Market Animal Sale is scheduled to take place in the Harder-Goeldi Building starting at noon. Let Me Be Frank Productions will perform in the Pavilion from noon to 3:30 p.m. Rondini Abramagic will have Turn to fair/page 2


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The Calumet Cliffhangers 4-H Club is promoting the 2016 Calumet County Fair’s theme of Fins & Feathers with this display board along STH 32/57 between New Holstein and Chilton. Ray Mueller photo


shows at 1 and 5 p.m. The horse pull is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Horse Arena. Anna Little is planning to perform from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent. The Catch-A-Pig contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the grandstand. Fruit Punch performs from 7 to 9 p.m. Popular rock hits bands Vic Ferrari and Road Trip return to the County Fair, the former playing from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the latter from 8 p.m. to midnight. An auction for the chainsaw carving is scheduled to take place starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Labor Day) events The Calumet County Horse Promoters Speed Show begins the final day of the fair starting at 9 a.m.

continued from page 1 A salute to the military is planned at 10 a.m., as is the 4-H archery shoot. A car show also opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. in the park. A polka party featuring the Jerry Schneider Band and Tuba Dan is planned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The carnival opens at noon on Monday. Still Cruisin’ is scheduled to perform from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the park. The annual Ag Olympics is scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m., with the Lakeshore Garden Tractor Pullers starting at 12:30 p.m. in the grandstand. The Rondini Fun Science Show is slated for 1 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent, and Anna Little is scheduled to perform from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Family Entertainment Tent.

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Some entry numbers up, but others down for 2016 By Ray Mueller Entries for some exhibit categories at the 2016 Calumet County Fair are up compared to 2015 but a majority of them are showing a decline, according to a tabulation completed by Connie Leonhard in the county’s Extension Service office. The overall total of entries for this year is 6,530—down by 438 or about 6 percent from a year ago. The numbers are down in the junior and open classes and for schools but up a bit for the senior citizens entry class. For the senior citizens class, this year’s total of 120 is up by 37 from last year. There are seven entry categories in that class. The increase of 24 in the food entries to 41 accounts for a majority of the numbers gain in the senior citizens class (age 62 and above). Exhibitor number uptick Although the number of exhibit entries in down, this year’s fair attracted seven more entrants—1,029 compared to 1,022 in 2015. By exhibitor categories, the number of entrants is up by four to a total of 415 for the school exhibits, down by three to 304 for the open or adult class, and up by six to 310 for the junior or youth class of entrants. Junior class down 10 percent Among the 31 categories offered to junior class or youth exhibitors, the total of 2,649 entries is down by 293 or 10 percent from 2015. Among the most popular categories, vegetables and crops are down significantly—by 163 to 241 while foods are up by 34 to 299, cultural arts are down by 49 to 421, flowers are also down by 49 to 66, and natural sciences are down by 31 to a total of 41 for this year. Holding fairly steady are photography with an increase of three to 230, woodworking up by 18 to 89, mechanical sciences down by nine to 57, knitting and crocheting up by four to 31, and communications up by three to 68. Clothing slipped by 11 to a total of 13 entries. Animal categories vary In the animal categories for the junior class, swine are a highlight with an in-

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crease of 33 to 245 head while goats are up by 13 to 35 and sheep remained at 51 head. Dairy cattle entries are down by 13 to 114, beef cattle are down by eight to 69, and horses fell by 55 to only 58 this year. In her review of the statistics, Leonhard noticed a major increase in the registrations for dairy showmanship by youths in school grades three to five. This year’s total of 25 is an increase of 10 from last year. Poultry numbers are up by two to 144 but rabbits are down by 22 to 89 this year. The number of dogs dropped from five to three while the number of cats is up by two to six.

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Promotion of the 2016 Calumet County Fair was staged at the county’s 31st annual Sundae on a Dairy Farm on June 26. Joining some of the characters representing the fair’s themes were (from left) the county’s Farm Bureau Princess Hannah Roehrig, Junior Fairest of the Fair Allyson Roehrig, Fairest of the Fair Jackie McGlin, county resident and Wisconsin’s 2016 Fairest of the Fair Gloria Kesler, and Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Katie Kindschuh. Ray Mueller photo

Free family events at County Fair The Calumet County Fair has something to fit every budget, even if that budget is “free.” People can enter the fair for free on Friday, Sept. 2 before 1 p.m.; or on Saturday, Sept. 3 between noon and 1 p.m. with at least one non-perishable food donation per person. Once inside the fairgrounds there are

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Military Day at fair planned for Labor Day; free entry All current and former military service members and their immediate families are again being invited to attend the Calumet County Fair on Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day). By providing a proof of military service, they will receive free admission that day. A military salute program will be conducted at 10 a.m. in the Pavilion Building. Veterans and current military are welcome to bring their unit or post colors

(along with a stand) to be displayed during the event. Other Labor Day activities at the fair are the polka party featuring the Jerry Schneider and Tuba Dan bands, the Still Cruisin’ band, a car show, a horse promoters speed show, four Shark Encounter shows, the Lakeshore Garden Tractor Pullers, in addition to the fair entry exhibits and commercial and organizational booths.

Futurity show scheduled for Sunday at County Fair The second annual Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity will be held at the 2016 Calumet County Fair located in Chilton on Sunday, Sept. 4 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Harder-Goeldi building. A Futurity is a unique non-traditional dairy cattle show where exhibitors enter animals as calves and then show them as three-year-old cows. Exhibitors wear formal attire as they display their animals in front of a dairy cattle judge. Exhibitors receive cash awards for the top placed animals and prizes are given out for best dressed male and female along with

highest milk production awards. The Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity is an opportunity for local dairy farmers to showcase their outstanding dairy cattle, inform the public of the care of their animals and the dairy products they produce. Calumet County Fair attendees are encouraged to attend the Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity and enjoy the pageantry and festivities that come with the dairy show. The Futurity is sponsored by the Calumet County Holstein Breeders.

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Fair held in same location since 1888 The motto “The Biggest Little Fair in Wisconsin” got its start back in 1856 with the first steps in the formation of an Agricultural Society, with the first fair being held in Stockbridge, then moving to other cities and villages over the next several years, including Stockbridge, Brothertown, New Holstein and Lodi (now named Gravesville). In 1888 Harrison Hobart deeded the land known as Hobart Park to the City of Chilton with the stipulation that the property was to be used for a city park, public pleasure grounds, public fairgrounds and public race course. It was not until after 1888 that the fair had a permanent location. In 1891 the association purchased 8.5 acres from General Hobart adjacent to Hobart Park, in 1898 another parcel of 4.5 acres was purchased from Theador Kersten; in 1926 land was purchased from a German shooting club; this gave the fair all the land from the Manitowoc River to Frances Street; in 1955 another 100 feet was added on the south end which was purchased from Joseph Sell. In 1993 the association added another 40 acres from John Bittner, bringing the total land owned by the association to 56 acres. On June 15, 1878 a constitution was adopted and registered with the state under the name of Calumet County Trotting Park and Fair Association and with this charter the association was eligible for their first state aid of $100.00. In March, 1891, the official name was changed to the Calumet County Agricultural Association. As the laws have changed, it became necessary to recodify the Articles and By-Laws, the

last time in 1998. It’s purpose today is the same as in 1891: The education of agriculture, mechanical, and household arts. To further enhance the needed educational programs for the benefit of the people of Calumet County. To conduct such exhibitions, fairs, and events consistent with the educational interests and needs of people in Calumet County and the members of this Association. Race track built in 1891 Highlighting some of the milestones from history shows that in 1863 was the first horsemanship and trotting classes were listed for premiums; in 1883 there were a total of 428 entries; in 1891 the one-mile race track was built for $1,100.00 with the single largest item being engineering for a total of $691.00. It was completed for the fair dates of September 29, 30, and October 1, 2, with 40 horses entered for the races; in 1901 the Milwaukee Daily Journal brought 200 homing pigeons to the grounds and released them from time to time with messages on fair activities; in 1904 fire destroyed all the fair records; in 1905 for the first time, the County Board appropriated money to assist the fair in the amount of $400.00. Around the year 1909 people could ride a stern-wheeler from the State Street Bridge to the fairgrounds. In 1911 the first grandstand entertainment other than racing was held at a price of $200.00; in 1914 the first auto and cycle races were held; there was a contract with Calumet Service Company to run electrical wiring to the fairgrounds at a cost of $100.00; in 1917 the first Exten-

sion Agent was Royal Klofanda; in 1919 the first Club Agent was E. W. Shellings; in 1924 A. T. Hipke was elected president and the County Board appropriated

$2,000.00 for running the fair; in 1924 membership was taken in the Wisconsin Turn to HISTORY/page 10

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Three State fairests from Calumet Calumet County Fair has been honored to have three state Fairest of the Fairs and one Alice in Dairyland. The oldest building on the grounds is the Exposition Building built in 1891. In 1919 the present horse barn was built. The Merchants Building was built in 1922. The present Grandstand was built in 1928. After World War II, interest in exhibits rose dramatically and several tents had to be erected every year for the fair, then in 1958 the Arena was built which housed the cattle. In 1964 the Moehrke Building was built, and in 1969 the Seybold Building was erected, both are cattle barns. With the collapse of the old hog and sheep barn, a new building, the Harder-Goeldi Building was constructed in 1981, which now houses an indoor show arena and swine and sheep. In 1977 the Stanelle Building was erected due to the increase in merchants

exhibiting at the fair. With the increase in 4-H exhibits, in 1987 the Brantmeier Building was built. The most recent addition is the Farm Progress Pavilion, built in 1997, which replaces the old beer tent and which can be utilized by Calumet County residents and groups for their outdoor summer festivals and events. 1999 will see the construction of a new horse barn for the area by the horse arena on the south end of the grounds. The Calumet County Fair is owned and operated exclusively by the association, a privately held organization chartered under Sec. 501(3)(c) of the Internal Revenue Code as a tax exempt organization. The organization is comprised of approximately 350 stockholders, a stockholder elected board of 21 directors, and an executive board of directors. The Calumet County Fair could not exist if it were not for the countless men and women volunteers who have given freely of their time and talents, who are devoted to the principles set by their forefathers and for the generations to come.



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Association of Fairs; in 1928 the County Board gave $5,798.00 toward a new grandstand; in 1935 airplane rides were offered as an attraction; in 1936 the first Calumet County ribbons were printed with the county seal; in 1936 the City of Chilton showed interest in developing Hobart Park; in 1937 a quarter-mile race track was constructed with WPA labor for stock car races which were held in the 1940â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 1950â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; 1943 saw Orrin Meyer become County Agent; 1944 the fairgrounds became a war labor camp with prisoners being used by farmers and canneries due to the labor shortage from the war; in 1955 the polio epidemic canceled the fair; 1966 gate admissions were 75 cents daily and a $2.00 season pass; 1973 saw the first Fairest of the Fair contest being held; in 1974 the first female board member was elected, in 1988 stock car races returned to the fairgrounds.

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Top showmanship family’s goal at fair By Ray Mueller Following in the footsteps of their older brother and sister, Karissa and Peyton Juckem are among the 18 youth exhibitors preparing their market beef steers for the judging and follow-up sale on Sept. 2 and 4, respectively, at the 2016 Calumet County Fair on Labor Day weekend. For the Juckems, raising registered Simmental cattle and showing them at competitive events in Wisconsin and well beyond has been a family project since 2004. The family members are Jay and Denise Juckem and their children Travis, Ashley, Karissa, and Peyton. At Forest Brook Farms north of Chilton, the Juckems are raising about 40 head of beef cattle, including the two steers that Karissa and Peyton will take to the 2016 County Fair. When operated by Jay’s father Joseph and his late wife Ida, the farm was the home of registered Holstein dairy cattle which were housed in a barn that was moved there in 1941 from near the airport in Oshkosh. Emphasis on showmanship While they do not dismiss winning in the judging classes at the fair and in larger venues, the Juckems focus on excellence at showmanship. At the Calumet County Fair, that means winning the Dave Carnahan Memorial trophy which is named in honor of the late beef breeder and promoter who was also a strong supporter of the County Fair.

The Carnahan Showmanship Trophy is awarded to a 4-H club member who has a beef animal entry at the fair. The Juckem children are members of the Pine Creek 4-H Club. Based on their age brackets for the showmanship competition, three Juckems—Travis, Ashley, and Karissa—were once competing against one another for the Carnahan trophy. All three of them have claimed that trophy—Ashley twice and Travis and Karissa once each. Ashley showed one grand champion and one reserve champion steer at the County Fair. She also showed the grand champion female at the Wisconsin State Fair in 2011. Karissa has had two grand champion steers and one reserve champion at the County Fair while Travis showed a reserve champion once. Learning the basics The fundamentals of good showmanship are keeping the animal’s head up, turning the animal in the right direction in the ring, and allowing the judge to see the animal at all times, Peyton points out. Having the judge always being able to see the animal is the most important part of the right way to show an animal, Karissa adds. In addition to what they have learned from their father Jay, the Juckem children absorbed many tips on showmanship from Trent Templeton, a herdsman who Turn to juckem/page 12

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worked at Forest Brook Farms for nearly three years before returning to Missouri. After he left, the Juckems have reduced their herd numbers somewhat. Karissa, who has been showing for seven years and who will be a sophomore at Chilton High School, also credits Jeremy Smith, who is an area show helper and fitter who has worked with the Juckem family. One of Karissa’s major achievements was winning the national judging contest against about 300 competitors at the Simmental junior nationals show at Louisville in 2014. Peyton, who will be starting fourth grade, is showing a market animal at the County Fair for the first time. He previously showed in the Open Class, which is available to youngsters before they reach 4-H eligibility at age 9. Animal selection The Juckems do not take animals from their home Simmental herd as the project steers for showing at the County Fair and the subsequent Market Animal Sale. Selecting the next animals for the market animal project is a family effort for the Juckems. What are commonly known as “club calves” are purchased from other breeders, usually in Wisconsin, during September in the year before the next County Fair. They then have their first weigh-in at the county fairgrounds on a Saturday in December. Karissa’s steer for the 2016 fair and Market Animal Sale is a beef crossbreed (red skinned). For Peyton, a major criterion for selecting his steer (a Simmental) was that it be tame and easy to handle in

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the show ring. Daily chores As the time for the fair and Market Animal Sale approach, the goal is to have the steer at the desired weight—1,300 to 1,350 pounds, Jay points out. That means providing a ration which allows the steer to “finish at the right time and look the part at show time,” he explains. This requires ration ingredients that fill the animal but do not make it too fat, he notes. As is expected of the exhibitors, the Juckem children spend between one and two hours per day in the weeks heading into the fair washing and blow drying their steers and feeding them. On hot days, they provide fans and perhaps an extra wash rinse. “I’m not working with them now,” Jay indicates. Forest Brook genetics After several years of experience at the County Fair more than a decade ago, the Juckems’ Forest Brook Farms began to develop its Simmental enterprise as a commercial business with the purchase of high quality females and embryos in 2008. Fruits of that effort became evident by 2011 with very high placings in several shows around the country. That success continues today with the ownership of the FBF1 sire Combustible, which is in the top 10 for semen unit sales for Simmental sires in the U.S. Combustible was the reserve champion at the Western National Stock Show at Denver in 2013. Other notable achievements have been the breeding of the sires FBF1/SF Igni-

Karissa Juckem is one of three Juckem children to win the Carnahan Showmanship Trophy at the Calumet County Fair. Ray Mueller photo

tion and FBF1 Absolute, both of which have been supreme champions at the World Beef Expo held at West Allis. Forest Brook Farms also bred a reserve champion at the Louisville show held in 2011 and is a co-owner of FBF1 Su-

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