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Friday, 28 July 2017 10:37

Bushels of fun at fair

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER--The theme was Bushels of Fun for Everyone, and most who attended the 88th annual Rock County 4-H Fair, the oldest 4-H fair in the United States, likely agreed with that assessment.

The six-day celebration ends July 30 at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Janesville.

Friday, 28 July 2017 10:21

Fading into history?

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY--One can envision the conversation going this way: A wayward traveler to Walworth County arrives at a tavern and asks, “Can you tell me how to get to Westville?”

And one of the locals answers, “Well, it’s just southwest of Fayetteville, and both are a little northwest of Pecks Station.”


The uninitiated would need to know their area history extremely well, as in the 19th century starting from the late 1830s.

Friday, July 28

Gary the Band, July 28, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700,

Lonesome Bill Camplin, July 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,

Kai anderson, July 28, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394,

Thursday, 27 July 2017 00:00

Ready for the 4-H spotlight

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It’s good to be the queen. It's good to be the king, too, as Jack Elliott and Brooke Trustem discovered in May when they were crowned king and queen of the 2017 Rock County 4-H Fair. 

“Being fair royalty and king is a special award because it recognizes all of the efforts I have put into 4-H over these past 12 years,” Elliott, a member of River Valley 4-H, said in an email.

Elliott, 18, won his first fair ribbons at age 8 during his first year in the Rock County 4-H Fair horse and pony show. He got a little help from Mo, an Arabian, and Sassy, a Welsh pony.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Learning the lingo

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER--Part of the fun at the fair is watching all of the animals being judged; each rabbit and chicken held by a hopeful youngster, each bovine, equine, ovine, caprine and porcine maneuvered by their handler in the show ring. You know what a rabbit and chicken are, but do you know a bovine refers to cattle, equine to horses and ponies, ovine to sheep, caprine to goats and porcine to pigs?

Emily Harris, a fourth generation  4-H member, recalls her days in the show ring with her sheep at the Boone County, Illinois, and Rock County, Wisconsin, fairs.



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