New entertainment in store at Calumet County Fair

The “Biggest Little Fair in Wisconsin” is back over Labor Day weekend for the 158th year. This year’s celebration, however, will bring several new forms of recreation to fairgoers.
“Music, Magic & Moos” is the fair’s theme, intended to pique everyone’s interest. The entertainment is geared toward everyone in the family,” says Clara Hedrich, fair secretary.

For children, “Alice,” a life-size fiberglass milking-cow, has recently been given to the fair through a generous grant. Many groups from Calumet County wrote a grant with the intent to promote local agriculture and reach large crowds.

The Calumet County Fair became a clear venue for both agricultural promotion and education. Children at the fair can walk up to Alice the cow, and witness the actual size and milking process of a cow. “This will be at the fair every year,” says Hedrich, ensuring the fair will continue to strive for educational opportunities.

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The Ma’Ceo Historic Equestrian Arts Show also is generating a lot of buzz. According to Sarah Gebhart, a member of the board of directors, the nationally touring show includes choreographed gypsy music, aerial arts and dance, along with performers on horseback. More than eight generations of performers are involved.

This high-octane show is sure to impress the audience during the 12 live performances.
Shows are held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are free with the gate admission price of $6, while children ages 7 and under can enter both for free.

A third highlight of the weekend is Troy Landwehr’s cheese-carving exhibition. On Aug. 31 at 1 p.m., Landwehr will begin carving a 40-pound block of cheese in tribute to the 4-H Centennial.

Although Landwehr is only creating one cheese sculpture, the public will have ample time to witness the carving, since it takes “a couple of hours to create,” according to Hedrich.

Landwehr has appeared across the country to showcase his talents, and this weekend you can view them up-close and personal.

Military Appreciation Day headlines the final day of the fair. The Labor Day military salute program is set to begin at 10 a.m., and includes a speech by David Hosking of the Madison Vet Center.

Hear what Vet Centers in the area have to provide for current and former military members, and their families, especially in “under-served veteran populations in rural communities,” as Kristine Loderbauer of the 4-H Leaders’ Council states.

Current and former military members who show a valid form of military ID can enter for free, along with their families. All veterans also are invited to bring colors from their unit or a post to be displayed at the program.

This year’s Calumet County Fair is bound to be a multi-faceted experience. Come join in on the Labor Day weekend fun.

Go to for information on contests, musical performances and much more.

— By Reid Trier

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