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Wisconsin State Fair opens with world's largest junior dairy show

WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - The opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair was filled with music, rides, cream puffs, and political pitches.

But the real purpose of the fair is what many of the million-plus attendees never see -- the hard work put in by youngsters as they get their prize animals judged.

The State Fair is considered to be the largest junior dairy show in the world, with more than 900 head entered this year. Open competition takes place later.

Governor Scott Walker will recognize the contestants' efforts at the annual Governor's Livestock Auction next week. The Republican Walker helped open the fair Thursday -- and he and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke both satisfied those fair-goers who wanted political spin with their foods on a stick.

"Rain, a Tribute to the Beatles" is the featured performance on the main stage Friday night.

One other note about the animal competition -- Fair ag director Brian Bolan says there are tighter health regulations at the swine show, due to the PED pig virus.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)