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ELKHORN -- The stars of the dog show -- that poofy-haired Pekinese, the easygoing beagle, the eager-to-please golden Labrador -- make it look so easy, posing for the judges while their handlers accept the ribbons and accolades.

But organizers know that to put on a good show, it takes dedication, a lot of behind-the-scenes work and sometimes even a little bit of string cheese.

Friday, 22 July 2016 15:12

City kids find success in 4-H

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Traditionally, 4-H has been a showcase for farm families and country kids.

But a growing number of city dwellers are involved in everything from craft projects to raising livestock.

Many Rock County 4-H members live in urban areas, according to Megan Rebout, 4-H youth development adviser.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is an award-winning series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts. This is the seventh installment.

Visit other towns in the Saving Downtown series by going online to communityshoppers.com/tag/Saving-downtown.

David John Dietrich, a classically trained artist, recently purchased one of the 16 historic buildings that once served as the main artery of downtown Darien. He opened the doors to his gallery in March with an exhibition, bringing storefront occupancy on this lonely stretch of the past to 53 percent.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Thousands of people will be converging this week on a Lake Geneva-area farm to view the latest in agricultural technology and to see firsthand how a family farm is operated.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 19 through July 21, at Snudden Farms, N764 Zenda Road. This is the first year the event has been held in Walworth County.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Should you discover a purple toilet parked in your yard in the next few days, don’t be alarmed.

Instead, think of it as an unusual invitation to one of the most enjoyable -- and worthy -- local events of the summer: Relay for Life of Walworth County, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, and running through 8 a.m. July 16.

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