BEAVER DAM -- It was all hands on deck at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Monday and Tuesday as volunteers with both the youth programs and open class prepared for the 132nd annual fair that runs today through Sunday east of Beaver Dam.
Outside the barns livestock trucks lined up waiting their turn to unload dairy cattle, beef animals, swine, goats and lambs. Superintendents monitored the paperwork and health records of each animal unloaded and a veterinarian was on hand to physically check each animal.
Market hogs, beef and lambs had their official weigh-in on Tuesday. Judging takes place today with showmanship following in each area. The top winners in market lambs, swine and beef will have the opportunity to sell their animals at the livestock auction on Thursday night at the fair.
Dairy and livestock contestants showed off their fitting skills on Tuesday night. The youth dairy judging begins Thursday morning and goes throughout the day.
Youth project judging officially started on Saturday with the horse show. Foods and food preservation projects were judged on Monday.
On Tuesday judges evaluated the miniature farm scenes, flowers and plant crafts and Cloverbud entries with other judging of projects in the youth building taking place throughout today and Thursday.
Rabbits and small animals will be judged beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and poultry is judged on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. with goats judged at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Youths earning top awards in these categories will have an opportunity to sell their animals at the Small Animal Auction at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Farm Progress Arena. That event is followed by the supreme showmanship contest for youths.
Dog project members do not leave their dogs at the fair but they will put on a show to demonstrate their skills tonight in the Farm Progress Arena. Cats and kittens will be judged at 9 a.m. Saturday in the youth building.
Youths enrolled in cultural and communication arts, natural science, woodworking, electricity, mechanical science, animal science and youth leadership will be judged beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in the youth building followed by computer project judging. Music performance and judging takes place on Friday afternoon on the WBEV-WXRO stage in Radio Park.
Sunday provides an opportunity for the dairy project exhibitors to get some recognition, earn scholarships and take part in the dairy auction.
Following that program will be the Little Britches showmanship for youths not yet old enough to show at the fair to take dairy calves into the ring. In the small animal building there will be a similar event for youths interested in showing poultry at 10 a.m. and children will have an opportunity to show rabbits at 1 p.m. The Little Shepherds event will be in the sheep building at 3:30 p.m.
The new Pig Pals event, providing the opportunity for youths with disabilities to show a pig with help of a youth mentor, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the swine barn.
The Dodge County Fair provides an opportunity for youths who have worked all year making projects or caring for animals to show off their skills with some friendly competition among other youths in the county.