We are in the middle of festival season with the La
Crosse Interstate fair last weekend and both the Monroe
and Trempealeau county fairs going on right now.
In Wisconsin, county fairs mean cattle shows, especially
In this week's eye piece.
Chief photographer Chuck Oedsma shows us just what
it takes to get that first place ribbon.
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Maddy Mahlum: They're definitely attention hogs all
our show calves.
Really its about appearance right now.
They just look better to the public its not something
we do every day.
We don't take all our cows out and wash them.
And it just looks better for show day if you keep
them clean now instead of doing it all at three in
the morning on Friday morning.
Maddy Gilster: You have to feed it, clean it, water
it, and show it.
I just really like cows.
Londa Johnson: um, in showmanship we look for how
well the, the youth exhibit their animal.
So how much they worked with it, how well they present
We look at how clean they are.
and how well they fitted them.
So how well they clipped them because we do clip them
and wash them.
and also the knowledge of the project.
So how much they know about the animal, how much they
know about the industry.
Londa Johnson: Good morning, do you know when your
heifer was born?
Show person: Yes, February 3rd, twenty fourteen.
Maddy Mahlum: Today not to nervous.
If I was at state fair I'd be way more nervous.
Londa Johnson: Its fun to see how excited they are
and how excited they are to come in with their calf.
And also how proud they are.
You know its something they've worked at all summer
long and they've put a lot of time and energy and
So this is their time to showcase kind of all that
Londa Johnson: All right, let's give these exhibitors
a nice round of applause they did a nice job all the
way up and down the line.
There are lots of fairs all over the area.
The Jackson County fair kicks off next week.
With the Vernon County fair following.
September 10th through the 14th