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Wisconsin Valley Fair animal judging starts


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Wisconsin Valley Fair enters day three, and the first day of showing and judging animals.

Director Maria Budnik says the first two days of the Wisconsin Valley Fair have had great weather and crowds for the rides and entertainment. She says the animals have now arrived and are settled in. Budnik says animal judging begins right away Thursday morning.  “We start off again with our horse show, our dairy show, and we also have our beef show.”

Budnik says the kids learn a lot about animals working on their fair projects.  “They’re judged on so many different things, showmanship, they’re judged on different aspects of how the cow or the steer look, and so it’s really great to watch the judges work with the kids and watch the kids work with the animals.”

Saturday, there will be an auction where many of the fair participants will sell their animals.  “The kids come in and they show their animals, and then they’ve gone out and done a lot of groundwork to go out and get bidders for that. Those bidders come in and put bids in on the animals. It’s a real neat auction to watch. It’s a lot of fun. (They) bid the price up and those kids go home and feel real proud for what they accomplished at the fair.”

Budnik says the market animal auction can often generate prices far above the regular market price per pound, leading to a nice profit for the young fair participants.  “Oh yea, we have seen some pretty crazy prices, and that’s the fun part about it, just to get the excitement in the crowd. Our auctioneer does a really great job to get the crowd involved and the crowd excited for each animal.”

Several other animals including hogs, sheep, and chickens can be seen at the fair.