Tempo • Calumet County Fair 2016 • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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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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Open Class Changes In the 22 categories listed for the open or adult class, there are increases of 20 to a total of 49 for horses, of 21 to 92 for home environment and furnishings, of 17 to 288 for cultural arts, of 14 to 28 for woodworking, of nine to 17 for swine, and of two to 43 for clothing. On the downside are decreases of 25 head to 104 for dairy cattle, of 15 to 14 for sheep, of 12 to a total of 10 for beef cattle, of 30 to 92 for poultry, of seven to 123 for rabbits, and of one to 15 for goats. In the most popular categories for the open class, entries are down by 58 to 365 for photography, by 22 to 648 for vegetables and crops, by 21 to 473 for foods, by 26 to 304 for antiques, and by 11 to 367 for flowers. For all of the open class, the 2016 entry total is 3,168 exhibits. This is down by 159 or nearly 5 percent from 2015. School entries by grade For the school entries which are listed by grade and for kindergarten, there are four increases and five decreases. The total of 593 is down by 23 from 2015. Kindergarten had the greatest increase of 28 for a total of 83 entries while grade seven is up by 14 to 37 entries. Grade two added eight entries for a total of 100 while grade three was up by 12 to 91. Grade four also has 91 entries but that is a decline of five. Grade six fell by 31 entries to 43 while grade five is down by 15 to 68, Grade one is down by 20 to 63, and grade eight is down by 14 entries to a 2016 total of 17.
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