BEAVER DAM -- Despite periods of rain which sent many folks seeking shelter Wednesday at the Dodge County Fair, the trickle of people coming into the gate early turned into a steady flow of people who were determined to get good seats for the Badger State Tractor Pullers, the hugely popular event which was to take place at the grandstand stage.

"So far so good," said Sally Schoenike, co-secretary of the fair. "We're anticipating a large crowd here tonight. We're off to a good start."

She said what brought people to the fairgrounds earlier Wednesday was the judging in the open and junior classes. Schoenike said the junior class is comprised of 4-H and FFA members.

"We're not just talking animals, but the cultural areas the individuals may have entered such as the home environment like food or clothing," Schoenike said. "There's also the photography. There's a lot more judging than the animals."

At 8 o'clock tonight the country band Sawyer Brown will perform. The band, founded in 1981 in Florida, has soared to the top of the country charts with such hits as "Step That Step," Some Girls Do" and "Thank God For You." Sawyer Brown has released 20 studio albums, of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies.

The fair includes many other activities each day such as judging events in the livestock barns, arena, open class areas and youth building.

The entertainment doesn't end there with custom chain saw carving, Wild World of Animals, Nick's Kids Show and pig and duck races on the grounds each day.

Cream puffs are available in the co-op building daily.

The carnival rides at the fair will again be provided by the local family-run A&P Midway.

The concert series, tractor pull and all other grandstand entertainment including parking are always free with paid gate admission to the fair.

Individuals may attend the fair for $5.40 per day with the purchase of a season ticket. Daily gate admission is $7 before noon or $10 after noon. Children age 9 and under enter free. Season tickets are $35 at the gate. Tickets may be purchased at most Dodge County banks, Rechek's Food Pride, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly or at the Dodge County Fairgrounds office.

More information about the Dodge County Fair can be found at

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