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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, merrillandhoustons.com

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, CafeCarpe.com

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

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.

Friday, 21 July 2017 11:49

Ready and willing to help

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY--Samantha Schaefer trusts karma.

“I believe if you do good, it will come back to you,” said Schaefer, 30, who lives on a beef cattle farm in the town of Sharon with her husband and three boys.

“We’re the kind of people who can stop in the middle of making hay or making dinner if someone needs help,” she added, sitting in a breezeway of her house with a bottle of water one warm July afternoon. “It’s a sacrifice, it’s difficult, but you know you’re helping someone.”

Friday, 21 July 2017 11:40

Little Britches, big rewards

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STATELINE NEWS--Entering a show ring with an animal that weighs two, three or  four times your weight can be intimidating, exciting or both. Youngsters in the Little Britches contest are mostly resolute, showing a level of excitement that can be hard to duplicate in more seasoned competitors.

It’s usually the first experience in a show ring for the animal and the handler. That’s actually the purpose of this fun show, sponsored by the Rock County Dairy Promotion Council -- to provide a positive outcome for the youngsters.

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