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Racine County 2019


An Udderly Good Time!

July 24 to 28

RACINE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 19805 Durand Ave. (Highway 11), Union Grove

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Come to the

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ATV/Motorcycle Races ThuRsDAY, JulY 25 7:00 P.M. • Grandstand

JULY 24 - 28

Wednesday-Saturday 8 a.m to 11:30 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Granger Smith Union Grove, Wis.

(1/4 mile west of intersection of hwys. 45 & 11)

Visit our Web site:

sATuRDAY, JulY 27 Featuring: Earl Dibble, Jr.

8:00 P.M. • Grandstand

RACINE COUNTY FAIR 2019 SCHEDULE GENERAL ADMISSION FEES Season Pass..................................$40 Adults (14 -62 years)......................$10 Juniors (8-13 years).........................$6 Children (7 and under)..................FREE Senior Citizens (62 years & up).......$8 Saturday & Thursday Night Concert Tickets...................$10 Track Seating (bring your own chair)....$20 New Reserved Track Seating (chair included)............$40 NO REFUNDS ON ADMISSION

Celebrating Our

97th Year!


MEGA BANDS - $40 Ride all day, every day! Includes admission for one day! On sale July 1-23 only at all Community State Bank locations. $25 ride wristband on sale daily during the Fair

Wednesday, July 24 • OpENING DAY Noon - close Ride wristband for $25 8:30am Judging – Open Class Poultry 9:00am Judging – Jr. Horse English Discipline; Rabbits 9:30am Judging – Jr. Dairy; Poultry Showmanship 10:00am Poultry Photo Judging Contest Noon Official Opening of the Racine County Fair Noon Judging - Jr. Horticulture, Flowers, Foods, Cake Decorating 1:00pm Cookies With The Queen - Youth building 2:00pm LEGO building competitions 2:00pm Crowning of Little King/Queen – Center Stage 2:00pm Judging – Open Class Dairy 3:00pm Goats on Parade – Goat Barn 4:00pm Junior Class Swine Showmanship 4:00pm Crowning of Fairest of Fair – Center Stage 4:30pm Dog Demonstration - Showcase Stage 6:00pm Fair Idol Semi Finals - Center Stage 6:30pm Midwest Truck & Tractor Pull – Grandstand 7:30pm KOLTRANE - Activity Building 8:00pm Elvis, Patsy Cline & Roy Orbison - Center Stage Thursday, July 25 • CHILDREN’S DAY Noon close Ride wristband for $25 Noon 5pm Ride wristband for $20 8:30am Rooster Crowing Contest 9:00am Judging Jr. Horse – Western Discipline 9:00am Judging – Jr. Swine 9:30am Children’s Activities – Hospitality Tent 11:00pm Kiddie Tractor Pull Registration - Children’s Area 11:30pm Kiddie Tractor Pull – Children’s Area Noon Matt Meyers - Center Stage 1:00pm Children’s Cream Puff Eating Contest 4-6 and 7-10 year olds - Farm Bureau Building Pre-registration required 3:30pm Bull Frog - Center Stage 4:00pm Cookies With The Queen - Youth building 4:30pm Dog Demonstration - Showcase Stage 6:30pm Fair Night Photo Shoot 7:00pm ATV/Motorcycle Races — Grandstand - FREE

(subject to change)

7:30pm Dueling Pianos - Center Stage 7:30pm Lunch Money Bullies - Activity Building Friday, July 26 • 4H/FFA/YOUTH DAY Noon close Ride wristband for $25 8:30am Judging – Jr. Poultry 9:00am Judging – Jr. Beef, Goats 10:00am Horse Educational / Demo Day 11:00am Junior Sheep Judging Noon Matt Meyers - Center Stage 2:00pm Judging – Open Class Flower Arrangements 2:00pm LEGO building competitions 2:00pm Steve Meisner Polka Band - Activity building Sponsored by Community State Bank 3:00pm Ricky Orta, Jr. - Center Stage 4:00pm Cookies With The Queen - Youth building 4:30pm Dog Demonstration - Showcase Stage 5:30pm Antique Tractor Parade - Grandstand 6:00pm Fair Idol Final – Center Stage 6:30pm Truck & Tractor Pull – Grandstand 7:30pm Saddlebrook — Activity Building 8:00pm KOLTRANE - Center Stage Saturday, July 27 Noon close Ride wristband for $25 9:00am Horse Show – Gymkana - Horse Arena 9:30am Livestock Auction – Sale Arena Sale Order: Beef, Swine, Goats, Lambs 10am-4pm Plant Health Advisors – Master Gardeners Horticulture Building 10:30am Dog Demonstration- Showcase Stage Noon Laura Bell - Center Stage 1:00pm Log Sawing & Threshing Demonstrations -Antique Tractor Area 2:00pm LEGO building competitions 3:00pm Milk in the Bottle competition - Goat Barn 3:30pm Jackie Brown Band - Center Stage 4:00pm Cookies With The Queen- Youth building 4:30pm Dog Demonstration - Showcase Stage 7:00pm Up All Night - Center Stage 7:00pm Stetsin & Lace - Grandstand 8:00pm Stetsin & Lace - Activity Building

8:00pm GRANGER SMITH featuring Earl Dibble, Jr. Grandstand $10.00 Grandstand Seating $20.00 Track Seating. $40.00 VIP Track. Bring your own chairs for track seating. Order your tickets for Saturday’s grandstand on line! www. Sunday, July 28 Noon close Ride wristband for $25 Dollar Day - all rides $1.00 off 8:00am Garden Tractor Pull – Grandstand 9:00am United Methodist Church Service - Center Stage 10:00am Horse Fun show – Costume Class 11:00am Cake Decorating for 4 and 7 yr olds-Park Pavilion 11:00am Kids at Heart Cream Puff Eating Contest - ages 13 and Up - Farm Bureau Building - $5 Registration fee benefits Ronald McDonald House Noon Fur & Feather Sale – Small Animal Building Noon Chocolate Dessert contest – Park Pavilion Noon Don Wiggins - Center Stage 1:00pm Hay Bale Throwing Contest – Dairy/Beef Bldg 1:00pm Log Sawing & Threshing Demonstrations Antique Tractor Area 1:30pm Fun & Fashionable Sheep – Sale Arena 1:45pm Favorite Pie contest – Park Pavilion 2:00pm Demo Derby – Grandstand 2:00pm LEGO building competitions 2:30pm Pie Auction – Park Pavilion 3:00pm Chainsaw Carving Auction 3:30pm Bull Frog - Center Stage 4:00pm Cookies With The Queen - Youth building 4:30pm Dog Demonstration - Showcase Stage 5:00pm Genesee Depot - Activity Building 6:00pm Ten Feet Tall - Center Stage 6:00pm Demo Derby – Grandstand

LAMBEAU FIELD LIVE! 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. DaiLY


Wednesday, July 24 Noon - Official Opening Grandstand - Tractor Pull and Combine Demo Derby Thursday, July 25 Children’s Day Grandstand - Halftime Stunt Show ATV/Motorcycle Races Friday, July 26 4-H/FFA/ Youth Day Grandstand - Truck and Tractor Pull saTurday, July 27 Grandstand - Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibble Jr. sunday, July 28 Dollar Day All rides $1.00 Grandstand - Demo Derby

AppEARING DAILY South end of Grounds:

Swifty Swine Racing Pigs 1:00, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30pm daily Bengal Tiger Encounter Wed. 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. Children’s Area: The Dynamo Dogs Wed.-Sat. 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. Nick’s Kids Show- 2, 4 & 6 p.m. Kids are People Too - 1 & 3 p.m. Free Petting Zoo Wed. 10-12, 2-5, and 7-9 Thur-Sat. 9-12, 2-5 and 7-9 Sun. 8-11, 1-4 and 6-8 Nerveless Nocks Wed.-Sun. 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Expo Building Daily: LEGO Building Stations 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Center Stage Craft & Wine Garden Free Entertainment Daily Bingo Thurs.-Sun. in the Bingo Shelter Thursday & Friday 5 & 7 p.m. Saturday 2-7 p.m. & Sunday 2-6 p.m. Last game of the day starts at last time listed Stop

by the 4H Youth building to place a silent auction bid on your favorite potted container! The containers are planted by Racine County 4-H families as a community service project to beautify the fairgrounds. Proceeds go back into the project. Bidding closes Sunday at 5 p.m. 350186

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For ‘An Udderly Good Time!’ Racine County Fair returns July 24 to 28 BY Tracy The Racine County Fair Ouellette is offering up “An Udderly EDITOR Good Time” as it returns for its 96th run with fun for kids of all ages. The fair is July 24 to 28 on the county fairgrounds at 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 24 to 27 and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 28. The fair highlights local agriculture and farming, featuring many animals raised by area youth and multiple contests related to agriculture. Along with all that the festival has a carnival, games, petting zoo, daily

entertainment, kids activities, live music and more.

New at the fair

As part of the Green Bay Packers’ 100 Seasons celebration, the traveling exhibit Lambeau Field Live, presented by Associated Bank, is taking the Packers on the road for a second summer with a stop at the Racine County Fair. Lambeau Field Live at the fair will feature alumni Santana Dotson July 24 to 26 and Nick Collins July 27 and 28.

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Above: Kyra Hetland (from left), Libby Kalbas and Ellie Pieters hold their rabbits prior to showing them at the 2018 Racine County Fair.

Cousins Ashley Kastenson (left) and Addy Hegeman (right) prepare their Jersey calf for the Dairy Show during last year’s Racine County Fair. CHAD HENSIAK PHOTOS Racine County Fair




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• Udderly Good Time “We’re real excited about it; it will be a big new attraction over off Spriggs Drive, on the same road racing pigs and tiger show,” fair representative Scott Gunderson said. The exhibit is free for all fair visitors, and includes everything fans love about Lambeau Field, including activities for fans of all ages, question-and-answer and photo sessions with Packers alumni, interactive Play 60 opportunities for kids and Packers Pro Shop and Packers Hall of Fame satellite locations. Event attendees can visit Associated Bank’s award-winning “Interact With The Pack Virtual Photo Experience,” as well as a one-of-a-kind immersive virtual reality experience presented by Patrick Cudahy and an instant win tower presented by Kwik Trip. Lambeau Field Live visitors also have the chance to win prizes, including tickets and merchandise, by registering for Packers Pass at or through the Packers App. For more information, visit www. Also new this year will be an acrobat show by the Nerveless Nocks. “They used to be at the Tommy Bartlett Water Show for many years and we’re real excited to have them come to the fair,” Gunderson said. “They have those real high swaypoles and they’ll be doing that and other stuff. This is a world-renowned acrobat family and to have them at the fair is something special.” According to the group’s website, the Nerveless Nocks are descendants of the Swiss Circus Family Nock and are among the most respected aerial stunt artists in

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the world today. Since 1954, they have been thrilling audiences across the United States, Canada, Mexico and world-wide. In every theme park, state fair, theater and circus where it has appeared and headlined, the fully produced arena show has set records for enthusiastic public response, attendance and publicity. For more information, visit

Racine County Fair July 24 to 28 on the county fairgrounds 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove www.racine

For the family

The Children’s Area at the fair offers plenty to do with kids’ shows, presentations, a petting zoo and more. From the Goats on Parade the opening day of the fair to the cream puff eating contests to LEGO building, the fair has a plethora of activities to keep the kids (and grown-ups) busy. The Expo Building is also open daily with fun and educational activities for kids and adults. “We’re really proud to have a lot for kids and families to do during the fair,” Gunderson said. “There’s a lot of value in coming to the fair, from learning about agriculture to watching the pig races to seeing the Kid’s Are People Too Show, and all the other stuff. This is a great place to bring the family.” One of the many adult competitions this year is the Crafting Challenge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. The contest is open to individual or teams of two, with no more than 12 teams accepted.


Each team or individual will be provided with a mystery bag of craft supplies, which must be incorporated (in any form) within a crafted project that is completed live, in two hours. The entry fee is $5 and the event promises to be a hoot to watch.

Other highlights

The opening ceremony for the fair is set for noon on Wednesday, July 24, on the Entertainment Stage. Also on opening day, bring three non-perishable food items and receive one-half off one adult admission from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s a great way to help fill the shelves on the Racine Food Pantry and promote the fair,” Gunderson said. Royal appointments follow the opening ceremony with the Little King and Queen crowning at 2 p.m. and the Fairest of the Fair crowning will follow at 4 p.m. The Fair Idol semi-finals wrap up the night at 7 p.m. on the Entertainment Stages. The final completion for Fair Idol is 6 p.m. on Friday, July 26. The local United Methodist churches will, once again, hold a Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. on July 28. The tradition has been around for several years, featuring music from area praise teams and the sermon from local pastors. The popular Truck and Tractor Pulls also return to the fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. on July 24 and 26 and the annual Demo Derby runs twice, at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.

On stage

Granger Smith headlines the fair at 8 p.m. Saturday July 27, at the Grandstand. The performance will also feature Earl Dibbles Jr., who is Granger’s alter-ego. Grandstand concert admission is $10 for grandstand seating, $20 for track seating and $40 for reserved VIP track seating (chair included). Live music is also featured in the Activity Building. Koltrane takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. The Lunchmoney Bullies perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Friday, July 26, features the Steve Meisner Polka Band at 2 p.m. and Saddlebrook at 7:30 p.m. Stetsin and Lace are in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and Genesee Depot wraps up the Activity Building concerts at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28. “We are in our fourth year of the Center Stage Craft Beer and Wine Garden,” Gunderson said. “It’s grown each year and people love being able to enjoy wines and beers and listen to the live music. It’s been a big success.”


General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids age 8 to 13. Kids 7 and younger are admitted free of charge. A five-day season pass is $40. Amusement ride passes are sold only in the carnival area. Wristbands are $25 a day on the fairgrounds. Mega Bands can be purchased for $40 to ride all day (includes fair admission). Mega Bands are on sale until July 23 at all Community State Bank locations. For more information, visit www.

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Fair Hours

Wednesday, July 24

General admission


Thursday, July 25 Children’s Day Noon to close ride wristband for $25 Noon to 5 p.m. ride wristband for $20 8:30 a.m. ������Rooster Crowing Contest, Poultry Barn 9 a.m. ������Judging, Junior Horse Western Discipline and Junior Swine 9:30 a.m. ������Children’s Activities, Hospitality Tent 11 a.m. ������Kiddie Tractor Pull registration, Children’s Area 11:30 a.m. ����Kiddie Tractor Pull, Children’s Area Noon ������Matt Meyers, Center Stage 1 p.m. ������Children’s Cream Puff Eating Contest, ages 4 to 6 and

Cream Puff Eating Contests Kids 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 Farm Bureau Building For ages 4 to 10 Register at Cream Puff Stand Kids at Heart 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 28 Farm Bureau Building For ages 13 and older $5 entry fee to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Register at the Cream Puff Stand

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Racine County Fair admission 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 24 to 27 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 28

Opening Day Noon to close – ride wristband for $25 8:30 a.m. ������Judging, Open Class Poultry 9 a.m. ������Judging, Junior Horse English Discipline, Rabbits 9:30 a.m. ������Junior Dairy, Poultry Showmanship 10 a.m. ������Poultry Photo Judging Noon ������Official Opening of the Racine County Fair – Center Stage Noon ������Junior Horticulture, Flowers, Foods, Cake Decorating 1 p.m. ������Cookies with the Queen, Youth Building 2 p.m. ������Judging, Open Class Dairy 2 p.m. ������LEGO building competitions, Expo Building 2 p.m. ������Crowning of Little King/ Queen – Center Stage 3 p.m. ������Goats on Parade – Goat Barn 4 p.m. ������Junior Class Swine Showmanship 4 p.m. �����Crowning of Fairest of Fair, Center Stage 4:30 p.m. ������Dog Demonstration, Showcase Stage 6 p.m. ������Fair Idol Semi Finals – Center Stage 6:30 p.m. ������Truck and Tractor Pulls, Grandstand 7:30 p.m. ������Koltrane, Activity Building 8 p.m. ������Elvis, Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison, Center Stage


Adults (14 to 62) $10 Seniors (62 and older) $8 Juniors (8 to 13) $6 Children (7 and younger) FREE Bring three non-perishable food items and receive one-half off one adult admission from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. CHAD HENSIAK Racine County Fair

Tyler Jonietz shows his Single-Comb White Leghorn to poultry judge Adam Meinert during the County Fair’s Junior Dairy Poultry Showmanship judging in 2018. ages 7 to 10, Farm Bureau Building, registration required 3:30 p.m. ������Bull Frog, Center Stage 4 p.m. ������Cookies with the Queen, Youth Building 4:30 p.m. ������Dog Demonstration, Showcase Stage 6:30 p.m. ������Fair Night Photo Shoot 7 p.m. ������ATV Races, Grandstand, free 7 p.m. ������Lunchmoney Bullies, Activity Building 7:30 p.m. ������Dueling Pianos, Center Stage

Friday, July 26 4-H/FFA/Youth Day Noon to close – ride wristband for $25 :30 a.m. ������Judging, Junior Poultry 8 9 a.m. ������Judging, Junior Beef, Goats 10 a.m. ������Horse Educational-Demo Day 11 a.m. ������Judging, Junior Sheep Noon ������Matt Meyers, Center Stage 2 p.m. ������Judging, Open Class Flower Arrangement 2 p.m. ������LEGO building competitions, Expo Building 2 p.m. ������Steve Meisner Polka Band, Activity Building (Sponsored by Community State Bank) 3 p.m. ������Ricky Orta Jr., Center Stage 4 p.m. ������Cookies with the Queen, Youth Building 4:30 p.m. ������Dog Demonstration, Showcase Stage 5:30 p.m. ������Antique Tractor Parade, Grandstand 6 p.m. ������Fair Idol Final, Center Stage 6:30 p.m. ������Truck and Tractor Pull, Grandstand 7:30 p.m. ������Saddlebrook, Activity Building 8 p.m. ������Koltrane, Center Stage

Saturday, July 27 Noon to close – ride wristband for $25 9 a.m. ������ Horse Show, Gymkana Horse Arena 9:30 a.m. ������Livestock Auction, Sale Arena. Sale order: Beef, Swine, Goats, Lambs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. �� Master Gardeners, Horticulture Building 10:30 a.m. – Dog Demonstration, Showcase Stage Noon ������Laura Bell, Center Stage 1 p.m. �����Log Sawing and Threshing Demonstrations, Antique Tractor Area 2 p.m. ������LEGO Building Competition 3 p.m. ������Milk in the Bottle competition, Goat Barn 4 p.m. ������Cookies with the Queen,

Youth Building 4:30 p.m. ������Dog Demonstration, Showcase Stage 7 p.m. ������Up All Night, Center Stage 7 p.m. ������Stetsin and Lace, Grandstand 8 p.m. ������Stetsin and Lace, Activity Building. 8 p.m. ������Granger Smith, featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Grandstand. Grandstand seating, $10; bring your own chair track seating, $20; VIP track seating (includes chair), $40. Order tickets at www.

Sunday, July 28

Season passes

5-day pass to the fair $40

Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles Jr. concert admission Grandstand seating $10 Track Seating $20 Reserved VIP track seating (chair included) $40 No refunds on admission.

Midway Ride Promotion Mega Band – $40

Ride all day – everyday. Includes fair admission for one day. On sale until July 23 at all Community State Bank locations. Ride Wristband – $25

On sale daily during the fair.

Noon to close – ride wristband for $25 Dollar Day –- all rides $1 off 8 a.m. ������Garden Tractor and ATV Pull, Grandstand 9 a.m. ������United Methodist Church service, Center Stage 10 a.m. ������Horse Fun Show, Costume Class 11 a.m. �����Kids at Heart Cream Puff Eating Contest, ages 13 and older, $5 to benefit Ronald McDonald House, Farm Bureau Building Noon ������Fur and Feather Sale, Small Animal Building Noon �����Chocolate Dessert Contest, Park Pavilion Noon ������Don Wiggins, Center Stage 1 p.m. ������Hay Bale Throwing Contest, Dairy/Beef Building 1 p.m. ������Log Sawing and Threshing Demonstrations, Antique Tractor Area 1:30 p.m. ������Fun and Fashionable Sheep, Sale Arena 1:45 p.m. ������Favorite Pie Contest, Park Pavilion 2 p.m. ������Demo Derby, Grandstand 2 p.m. ������LEGO building competitions, Expo Building 2:30 p.m. ������Pie Auction, Park Pavilion 3 p.m. ������Chainsaw Carving Auction, Park Pavilion 3:30 p.m. ������Bull Frog, Center Stage 4 p.m. ������Cookies with the Queen, Youth Building 4:30 p.m. ������Dog Demonstration, Showcase Stage 5 p.m. ������Genesee Depot, Activity Building 6 p.m. ������Ten Feet Tall, Center Stage 6 p.m. ������Demo Derby, Grandstand Schedule is subject to change.

Appearing daily South end of grounds • Swifty Swine Racing Pigs – 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30, 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. • Bengal Tiger Encounter – Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Other daily activities • Expo Building – LEGO building stations, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Bingo – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday in the Bingo Shelter. Last game of the day starts at the last time listed. • Center Stage Craft Beer and Wine Garden with free entertainment daily.

Children’s area • The Dynamo Dogs – Wednesday through Saturday, 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. • Nick’s Kids Show – 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily • Kids are People Too – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily • Free Petting Zoo – Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

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On stage at the Racine County Fair

Country singer Granger Smith is headlining at the fair this year at 8 p.m. on Saturday July 27, at the Grandstand. Opening for Smith is Earl Dibbles Jr. Born and raised in Texas, Smith’s says on his website that his life changed when he was 14 and he decided to teach himself to play guitar, which was motivated by two things. “I thought the guitar would make girls pay attention to me, and the fact that George Strait played one,” Smith states on his website. By the time he was 15, he Granger Smith was performing on small town stages in North Texas. At 19, as a freshman at Texas A&M, he produced his first album, which led to a song-writing deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville. The next year, he went to Tennessee. “My time in Nashville was important,” Smith states on his website. “I absorbed the craft of songwriting from some of the best, learned my way around studios and recording gear, (which paid off for me later) and cut my teeth on countless stages as both a singer and as a steel guitar player for other singers. After four years, I had a shelf full of song demos, a little bit of music business know-how and a strong conviction to move back to Texas, finish my degree at Texas A&M, and start a band.” In 2008, his little brother Tyler, came on board and helped with scheduling shows and promotion. “We embraced social media, searched for connection with fans, studied our predecessors and ignored our doubters,” Smith says. Granger and Tyler created “alter-egos” according to the website, and that’s where Earl Dibbles Jr. came from in

the summer of 2011.By the spring of 2013, Smith’s album, “Dirt Road Driveway” was No. 1 on the country charts. For more information, visit

Center Stage Wednesday, July 24 Noon – Opening Ceremony 2 p.m. – Little King & Queen 4 p.m. – Fairest of the Fair 6 p.m. – Fair Idol 8 p.m. – Elvis, Patsy Cline, & Roy Orbison

Thursday July 25

2019 Grandstand Entertainment Line-Up Wednesday, July 24 – 6:30 p.m. Truck and Tractor Pull Thursday, July 25 – 7 p.m. All-Star Pro Nationals ATV/Motorcycle Races Friday, July 26 – 6:30 p.m., Truck and Tractor Pull Saturday, July 27 – 8 p.m. Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. Sunday, July 28 – 2 and 6 p.m. Demo Derby

Noon – Matt Meyers 3:30 p.m. – Ricky Orta Jr 7:30 p.m. – Dueling Pianos

Activity Building Entertainment

Friday, July 26

Wednesday, July 24

Noon – Matt Meyers 3 p.m. – Bullfrog 6 p.m. – Fair Idol 8 p.m. – KOLTRANE

7:30 p.m. – Koltrane

Thursday, July 25 7:30 p.m. – Lunchmoney Bullies

Saturday, July 27 Noon – Ben Barrels 3:30 p.m. – Liam Nugent Trio 5 p.m. – Burro Creek 7 p.m. – Up All Night

Friday, July 26

Sunday, July 28 10 a.m. – Church Service Noon – Don Wiggins 3:30 p.m. – Bullfrog 6 p.m. – Ten Feet Tall

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Friday, July 26 2 p.m. – Steve Meisner Polka Band 7:30 p.m. – Saddlebrook

Saturday, July 27 8 p.m. – Stetsin and Lace

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Rachel Wenman

Who’s the fairest of them all? 5 vie for fair’s royal appointment The Fairest of the Fair is the official ambassador of the Racine County Fair, she represents and promotes the fair at events throughout the county and beyond while also participating in the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs competition. This year, five young women from

the area are seeking the crown – Krystle Henningfeld, Jennifer Hinkel, Isabella Nelson, Jessica Noble and Rachel Wenman.

Rachel Wenman

Rachel Wenman, of Burlington, is a 2017 graduate of Burlington High School and is currently attending Gateway Technical College where she is studying to be a veterinary technician. She works at Dover Stables where her main job is being a stall cleaner. In the future, Rachel hopes to own her own farm or stables with animals. She has been involved with the Fair for her

entire life. She was a member of the KanDo 4-H Club and showed many different projects at the fair. She also enjoys volunteering during photography judging on the Tuesday before the fair and helping cleaning up after Fair Week is over.

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Clockwise from above: Taking second place, during the 2018 Racine County Fair, Grace Wilhelmi shows her meat goat in the judge’s circle last year; Kendall Floryance rides in the Junior Horse English Discipline show on her American Pony named Cocoa; Travis Olmstead celebrates making it into the mini truck finals at last year’s fair; and Anderson Bauer (left) and Harrsion Bauer with their dairy goats last year.

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Clockwise from top: A peek behind the scenes of the demolition derby during the 2018 Racine County Fair; Madalynn Matsen takes Wilbur, her 272-pound Hereford pig, back to his pen after being weighed by judges during last year’s fair; John Fodor (left) and his father, Dave Fodor, ride the Tilt-A-Whirl; andMargaret Metzen prepares her pregnant Nigerian goat for competition in the 2018 senior yearling class.


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Local ‘Fairest’ fears for future Hurdles to family farms are growing, she says

Growing up on a BY Jason Arndt STAFF WRITER dairy farm in the Town of Burlington, Kayla Wilson acquired first-hand knowledge of the industry and kept up with the latest trends. The daughter of Mark and Jenny Wilson was a member of both the Burlington High School FFA and Burlington Back 40 4-H Club. After she graduated from Burlington High School in 2015, Wilson garnered a firmer grasp of the industry when she attended University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she earned a dairy science degree last December. She now works as a field representative for Foremost Farms, a dairy cooperative, after interning there prior to graduation. Her family’s farm, known as MJ Dairy Farm, consists of about 230 cows. Her continued interest, she said, hinges on consumer pressures the agriculture industry faces. “I have always kept up on stuff like that just because there is a lot of consumer pressure on producers, whether it is dairy, beef, swine and crop farmers,” she said. Consumer pressures relate to higher input costs while milk supply prices are at the lowest in at least 20 years. “It is a very delicate industry. It always has been, but we never really experienced this type of depleted industry, not just in dairy, but in everything else,” she said. “It is definitely a challenge, but a lot of people who are in it right now, are looking for ways to make a profit or make ends meet.” Wilson, meanwhile, indicates prospective farmers looking to enter the industry for the first time face a financial hurdle. Prospective farmers without a family connection will need to secure a loan from an agricultural lender. “A lot of our parents and grandparents, they either gifted us the farm, or you bought the farm and you could still make a living,” she said. “Whereas, right now, you can’t buy a farm and start out because bankers look at it and ask ‘How are you going to make a profit?” Currently, some farmers, including

questions about it, reach out to farms. They are more willing to talk to you about what they are facing and what they are doing on their farm.” Cheese labels, for instance, list where the product comes from for consumers who want to support their local farms. Supporting the dairy industry comes with health benefits, Wilson said, noting milk carries higher nutrients compared to alternatives, like coconut milk or almond milk. “Milk has way more protein and also has amino acids,” she said.

Science of dairy Wilson, the 2018 Racine County Fairest of the Fair, said a dairy science degree can help in any segment of agriculture. At UW-River Falls, where she enjoyed smaller class sizes, the dairy science curriculum starts with a broad base of courses. But, when students enter their junior and senior years, they begin to take more dairy-specific classes. “We do farm tours and evaluations, so you can actually get a hands-on experience,” she said. “Some people come in and they don’t have a farm background, but they are interested in dairy, it really gives them a chance to see what it is all about.” Wilson’s undergraduate experience enriched her knowledge of the dairy industry. “I came in with a lot of prior knowledge,” she said. “It was just about getting a more diverse knowledge of what I already knew.” SUBMITTED PHOTO Racine County Fair

Kayla Wilson, the 2018 Racine County Fairest of the Fair, remains optimistic about the future of family farms despite the struggles they face due to low commodity prices.

those in other segments, take a second job that offers health benefits, she said.

Supporting the industry As for ways to support dairy farmers, Wilson simply suggests consumers

The benefits of including dairy in your diet A well-balanced diet has long been touted as a necessary component to a healthy lifestyle. When combined with routine exercise, a well-balanced diet can improve quality of life and reduce a person’s risk for various diseases. No well-balanced diet is complete without dairy. While many people may immediately associate milk with dairy, dairy products are much more diverse than that. In fact, including various dairy products in your diet can provide a host of diverse health benefits.

Dairy products are nutrient-rich The United States Department of Agriculture notes that dairy products provide a host of nutrients that are

buy more products, and if unsure of quality, consumers can reach out to area farm bureaus and local farms for more information. “The best way to support the industry is to buy more dairy products,” she said. “If you are not sure about dairy, or have

vital to overall health. Calcium – The nutrient most often linked to dairy, calcium is vital for building strong bones and healthy teeth. Dairy also helps to maintain bone mass, helping men and women combat age-related bone loss. Potassium – Dairy products such as yogurt, fluid milk and soy milk are good sources of potassium. That’s beneficial because diets rich in potassium help men and women maintain healthy blood pressures. Vitamin D – Like calcium, vitamin D is widely associated with dairy, particularly milk. Vitamin D helps bodies build and maintain strong bones, and products such as fluid milk and soy milk are great sources of vitamin D. Yogurts and cereals fortified with vitamin D also can be great sources of this valuable vitamin.

Health benefits Osteoporosis is a condition in which a person’s bones become fragile and brittle due to loss of tissue. Age is a risk factor for osteoporosis, but a poor diet that does not include sufficient amounts of dairy also can increase a person’s risk for osteoporosis.

More than milk Wilson not only showed cows at the Racine County Fair, she also exhibited steer and swine, which gave her a greater appreciation of other agriculture industries. Along with greater appreciation comes a stronger bond with others at the fair. “You just meet so many new people showing animals – it is such a blast,” she said. “It is more like they are my fair family.”

The Department of Agriculture notes that dairy can help men and women lower their risk for ailments other than osteoporosis. Adequate dairy intake has been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Athletes may be especially motivated to consume dairy, as its effect on bone strength and maintenance can help them reduce their risk for injury while practicing and competing. Adolescents and children can benefit greatly from diets that contain adequate amounts of dairy. Bone mass is built during childhood and adolescence, so foods such as dairy that promote bone health can help children and teenagers develop strong, healthy bones. In regard to which dairy products to include in one’s diet, the Department of Agriculture notes the importance of avoiding foods that are high in saturated fat. Dairy products high in saturated fats can contribute to high amounts of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, increasing a person’s risk for coronary heart disease. Low-fat dairy products make for a healthy alternative to dairy that is high in saturated fats, and men and women can discuss such products with their physicians. (METRO CREATIVE)

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Where the grass is greener Sod farm shines as breakfast host

While hundreds BY Jason Arndt of children played on STAFF WRITER a makeshift soccer field, others showed up to simply enjoy a hearty breakfast June 22, when Jasperson Sod Farm hosted the annual Racine County Breakfast on the Farm. Jasperson Sod Farm, 22901 Burmeister Road, Union Grove, was the fifth farm in recent years to host the event after a long hiatus. Co-owner Randy Jasperson, who saw thousands visit his farm, came away pleased by the attendance and added it was a relief after initial weather forecasts called for rain. “With the weather that was forecasted at the beginning of the week, this was wonderful and couldn’t be any better,” he said. “So much work goes into this, planning and what-not, and it would be a real shame to have a rainy day.” Preliminary figures revealed by Breakfast on the Farm officials revealed at least 2,406 people were served a breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage, string cheese, milk and ice cream. State and local officials were among those who served the meals, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, and Rep. Robert Wittke, R-Wind Point. Volunteers also came from Community State Bank, Town Bank of Burlington and Advia Credit Union. Meanwhile, Abigail Martin, the 72nd Alice in Dairyland made an appearance, promoting dairy in the state in an address to visitors at the event. Martin, of Milton, came from a fourthgeneration dairy farm and educates people on how important agriculture is in Wisconsin. Supporting the industry, she said,

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Waterford FFA member Sydney Kaluzny helps Hank Halter, 2, of Franksville, inside the petting zoo during the June 22 Racine County Breakfast on the Farm as Hank’s mother, Brynn, looks on. Jasperson Sod Farm in the Town of Norway hosted the event that brought in thousands of visitors for family friendly activities, a hearty breakfast and watched a sod demonstration.

includes buying cheese from local producers. “I am truly excited to share about the robust dairy that we have here in America’s Dairyland with over 600 styles and variety of cheeses,” she said. “There is a different cheese for everyone in our state to enjoy.” Martin said about 95 percent of Wisconsin farms are family owned. Locally, Racine County Agriculture Ambassador Olivia Spaight said there are 17 dairy farms remaining in the county. Spaight, a recent Waterford Union High

School graduate, said the county’s dairy farmers have worked diligently to offer a quality product, even under challenging economic conditions. “Dairy farming obviously is a very bad profession to be involved in right now with falling milk prices. Farmers are really struggling,” she said. “But, also our farmers have been very resilient and able to adapt to changes in the industry. They continue to produce a quality fresh product that is healthy for people.” Spaight plans to double major in dairy science and life sciences communication

at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall.

More than dairy, crops The Racine County Breakfast on the Farm Committee chose Jasperson Sod Farm as this year’s host to showcase the county’s diverse agriculture industry. In previous years, the host farms, which were primarily dairy, conducted milking demonstrations. On Saturday, Jasperson Sod Farm presented a sod demonstration, which brought in hundreds of visitors who followed the large machine as it harvested sod and dropped pallets. “When we are talking about coming and visiting a sod farm, we are highlighting the agriculture that involves more than just what you eat, it involves the field that you might play soccer on or how you choose to landscape your yard,” Spaight said. Jasperson said Saturday’s event was the largest his farm has hosted. Jasperson Sod Farm has held regional turf shows, most recently last July, and field days. “It is very humbling,” said Jasperson, who commended the Racine County Breakfast on the Farm Committee for its planning and organization. Randy Jasperson owns and operates Jasperson Sod Farm with his wife, Hilda Jasperson, son Mark Jasperson, and daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Ryan Menken. Jasperson Sod Farm boasts 1,400 acres, with about 800 reserved for mostly Kentucky bluegrass. Soybeans and corn are raised on the rest of the land.

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Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes serves two visitors during 2019 Racine County Breakfast on the Farm at Jasperson Sod Farm in the Town of Norway.

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A career in agriculture presents many exciting opportunities in a number of different applications. It’s a vast industry that utilizes professionals with an array of skillsets.

Explore a career in agriculture The agricultural industry provides a variety of opportunities to professionals interested in this oftenmisunderstood field. According to the employment resource, more than 250 career profiles are available to people interested in a career in agriculture. And while jobs in agriculture may not be as prevalent as they were a few centuries ago, when 72 percent of the workforce was employed in farm occupations in the United States, agriculture remains a booming industry that greatly affects the nation’s economy. Today, one in 12 American jobs depends on agriculture, according to the career resource Payscale. The following are some potential professions for those considering careers in agriculture.

Agricultural business manager This person oversees the business operations of a farm by providing organization and leadership during the production process. He or she contacts creditors, selects seeds, buys new equipment, and ensures the distribution of product.

Agricultural lawyer Attorneys who specialize in agriculture deal with water and environmental issues, represent agricultural labor in disputes, ensure proper marketing techniques are followed, handle real estate and land use issues, and much more.

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Poultry hatchery manager Hatchery managers oversee all of the aspects involved in poultry hatching. These can include management of personnel, handling and sorting of eggs, maintenance of equipment, coordination of pickups and deliveries, and overseeing quality control.

Soil scientist Among the many tasks they might perform, scientists in the field of agriculture test soil samples for minerals and contaminants. By studying the soil, scientists can recommend which crops the land can support, how much livestock can feed in an area and the implications of agriculture on the area as it pertains to managing natural resources.


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Isabella Nelson, of Racine, recently graduated from Jerome I. Case High School and plans to attend UW-Platteville in the fall where she will study Criminal Justice. She is employed at Knuteson, Hunkston and Quinn S.C. as an administrative assistant. Isabella enjoys being involved in the community by volunteering with the Mount Pleasant Police Department and also by donating to the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. Some of her hobbies include horseback riding, flying a C-172, reading, coloring, riding motorcycles and dirt bikes, shooting sports, and watching crime-solving shows. She has been a member of the Tucker 4-H Club and has shown at the Racine County Fair since 2014, but has attended the Fair since she was a baby.

Krystle Henningfeld

Krystle Henningfeld, of Union Grove, is a 2015 graduate of Union Grove High School and is studying cosmetology at Gateway Technical College. She works as a rehabilitation aide at Athletico Physical Therapy and is proudly serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. In the future, she hopes to finish serving her 20 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and plans to work at a salon.

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Some of Krystle’s hobbies include crocheting, playing ultimate frisbee, enjoying the outdoors, longboarding, snowboarding, dancing, being involved in the community, and spending time with family and friends. She has enjoyed being a part of the Racine County Fair by being fair royalty, helping with fair clean-up, exhibiting projects in the 4-H youth program, helping in the animal barns, volunteering throughout fair week, and participating in different contests at the fair.

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Jessica Noble, of Burlington, is a 2017 graduate of Burlington High School and is studying dairy science with a certificate in agricultural business management at UWMadison. She works as a calf manager and milking technician at Lone Chestnut Farms. In the future, she plans to return to her family’s dairy farm where she will become the first female partner in the operation. Jessica is extremely involved in the Racine County community, volunteering with the Kansasville Fire Department and serving as the 2018 Miss Southeast Wisconsin Agriculture. Between the Miss Wisconsin Agriculture Program and her time as Racine County Agricultural Ambassador, Jessica has a passion for educating the local community and businesses about agriculture. Jessica spent many years in the 4-H and FFA programs showing jewelry, tractors, basketry, shooting sports, beef and dairy at the Racine County Fair.

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