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Carson, Cow and his brother
Since I was a small child I remember going to the Wisconsin State Fair and enjoying the food, rides and animals. When my two sons where in 4-H I got more interested in the exhibits featuring blue ribbon winners from the county fairs. Naturally one consistent factor of all the State fairs I have been to in my life is cream puffs. Nowadays there are all kinds of food, lots of fried food on a stick, but cream puffs remain the King or Queen of State Fair foods.
I had just a passing interest in the many animal barns and do not remember ever watching animal judging in the coliseum at the Wisconsin State fair. But today was different. I spend a good part of the morning watching cow judging in the coliseum. The reason was that the dairy farm across the road from my son had cows in the competition and my oldest grandson, Carson, was chosen to show one of the heifers, a young cow pre-milking days.
I have watched my grandchildren show cows in the Shawano County fair for a number of years but this was the first in the Wisconsin State fair, where only the best of the best make it. Today the cows were judged in a variety of classes and tomorrow in the showmanship judging he will be judged for how he shows the cow.
Today the cow he was showing got a red ribbon which in the Danish judging system, given to the second place cows. Blue ribbons go to all the best cows and white ribbons go to the others. Tomorrow he will be judged on how he shows the cow.
My grandson with other youth showing cows stays in a dormitory on the Wisconsin State Fair grounds from Wednesday thru Sunday. He has a work schedule for most of the day so the only time we saw him was in the cow barn before and after his showing. His brother and sister, parents, some of his cousins on both sides of the family and all four of grandparents were there to watch the cows and especially him.
After the cow showing we visited a few other places and my godson, 4 years old, and his brother 5, got a chance to play together. However, after we got back to the cow barn in the late afternoon I managed to go out and buy of three-pack of the famous cream puffs to share, at least two of them.
After watching my grandchildren show cows at the Shawano County fair I did not think this event would be so exciting. But it was and I will return to the State fair tomorrow to more watching cows.
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