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8/18/17 - The 22nd Annual Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest will be held today at the Dodge County Fair. The event kicks off with the county’s greatest celebrities: our veterans and their loved ones. Andrew and Laura Johnson of Mayville with the Gold Star Memorial Trail will be competing alongside Jim Bublitz from Badger Honor Flight and Dodge County’s Veterans Service Officer Andrew Miller for the “Thank You For Serving Our COUNTY” trophy. New this year: 4-H leaders from around Dodge County will be squaring off for the “Creampuff of the Crop” trophy. Other participants today include Beaver Dam’s new mayor, the sheriff, the district attorney, the majority leader of the Wisconsin Senate and local representatives from the state Assembly and the Beaverland Mustskis. WBEV-WXRO Children’s Radiothon recipients are vying for the “#itsforthekids” trophy. In the race for the Fastest of the Fair, four contestants with near identical finishing times in previous years: Elwood Lee from Elwood and the Eccentrics, Bobbi Jo Benz from People Against A Violent Environment, Heather Cramer Superintendent of the Hustisford School District and 2010 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair and four-time Sweetest of the Fair trophy winner Danielle Hammer-Clark. Then we top things off with Fairest’s of the Fair past and present and the Dodge County Fire Queen competing for “Sweetest of the Fair” trophy. The celebrity judges this year are Circuit Judge Brian Pfitzinger and retired Judge Dan Klossner. The Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest is held on the Radio Park Stage and broadcast live during the Barn Show on 95.3FM from 5pm to 6:30pm. Also today, the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull starts at 11:30am in front of the grandstand. There will be kid’s games at Radio Park this afternoon. Its $25 wristband day for carnival rides from noon till 5pm. On the Grandstand Stage at 8pm, it’s country pop duo LOWCASH followed by Highfield Drive at Radio Park.
8/18/17 - The Farm Progress Arena was packed for last night’s 55th Annual Meat Animal Auction at the Dodge County Fair.
In the Market Beef Auction Braydon Lewke of Beaver Dam sold his Champion Beef for $3.75 a pound to CPS. Ian Spoke of Waterloo had the Champion Diary Beef which went for $2.75 a pound to Wondra. Alexa Manthey of Iron Ridge had the Reserve Champion Beef which went for $2.75 a pound to Spuncast. Jason Stebnitz of Reeseville got $2.50 a pound from Jung Seed Genetics for the Reserve Champion Diary Beef.
The Market Lamb auction followed the beef. Waupun’s Emily Schwanke got $5.00 a pound from Markesan State Bank for her Grand Champion Market Lamb, while Ty Thorson of Columbus got $4.75 per pound for his Sale Champion Homebred Lamb from Universal Cooperative. Quad Graphics bought a Reserve Champion Market Lamb for $4.25 per pound from Beaver Dam’s Anthony Kuenzi, while Nicholas Voight of Juneau sold a Sale Reserve Champion Homebred Lamb to Kreuziger Drainage for $4.40 a pound.
The Market Hogs finished off the auction as Andy Boschert of Beaver Dam got $4.75 a pound from Quad Graphics for his Supreme Champion Market Hog. The Champion Barrow, brought by Kaitlyn Schwanke, went for $3.75 a pound to Truck Country. Matthew Kohl of Waterloo had the Reserve Champion Gilt which sold at $3.75 a pound to WS Ag Center and Morgan Justmann of Lowell sold the Sale Reserve Champion Barrow for $7.25 a pound to Asphalt Seal and Repair. The highlight of the night was Wyatt Stowell selling his Gilt Hog for $9.50 a pound to Papa Murphy’s which drew applause from the crowd in attendance.
8/18/17 - The 2017 Annual Allenton Picnic kicks off today. The weekend-long event sponsored by the Allenton American Legion Post is being held at Veterans Park on First Street. This evening there will be a fish fry and a country music performance by FM Rodeo near the town hall. Tomorrow (Sat), there is a 5K run/walk beginning at 10am followed by a bags tournament at noon. There will also be appearances by the fire department and a Flight for Life helicopter along with bingo, a child-friendly obstacle course and music by Gary Cross. Information about the picnic is on the Allenton Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page.
8/18/17 - Waupun Police have cited seven juveniles for vandalism at the Waupun Aquatic Center. Hundreds of rocks were tossed into the swimming pool on County Park Road last week. A diving board was also damaged. Police used surveillance video to identify the suspects. The minors will have to reimburse the Aquatic Center for the cost of cleaning the pool and repairing damage to the diving board.
8/18/17 - A reminder for those who plan on attending tonight’s Beaver Dam High School football teams season opener against Watertown: referendum construction is effecting both parking and entry to the field. The campus is seeing an upgrade that is part of the $49-million-dollar referendum approved by voters in November. The schools largest parking lot on the east side of the building near Moraine Park Technical College is not available. Asphalt was poured Monday for a parking lot on the northwest side of the school, off McKinley Street. The school district’s incoming Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the new lot is limited to senior citizens and people with special access needs. DiStefano is asking attendees to park on the street north of the high school off County Road E or south of the high school off Gould near the Family Center. Spectators will be able to enter in the same west gate they had always used off McKinley Street. The other entry gate can be accessed from the baseball parking lot path, north of the home bleachers behind the tennis courts. The gates open at 6pm for the Golden Beavers versus Goslings game with kickoff scheduled for 7pm. The former rivals in the Wisconsin Little Ten are both playing in their first Badger Conference events. Beaver Dam and Watertown are in opposite divisions of the Badger Conference, North and South respectively, and are officially playing a Badger Conference “crossover game.”
8/18/17 - Wisconsin is one step closer to getting America's first factory to make screens for smartphones and T-Vs. After six hours of debate Thursday, the state Assembly voted 59-30 to give three-billion dollars of incentives to Foxconn, which would spend ten-billion to build its plant in Racine or Kenosha counties. Democrats voted no except for three members who represent the area where the plant will most likely go -- Peter Barca and Tod Ohnstad of Kenosha, and Cory Mason of Racine -- and the package now goes to the Senate. Mason, a candidate for Racine mayor, said it's harder for Americans to make it if "America doesn't make anything they way they used to." Republicans Todd Novak of Dodgeville and Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake jumped ship from their party line and voted no -- but most Republicans cited the thousands of jobs Foxconn would create while Democrats said the state's deal does not protect taxpayers enough and would take money away from schools and health care. State Representative Mark Born voted in favor of the incentives package saying “money will flow to parts providers throughout the state, and Dodge County’s manufacturers are well-positioned to become a part of the Foxconn supply chain, bringing more contracts for services and more jobs to the area.” The Beaver Dam Republican says before the first LCD screens ever roll out of the plant, 10-thousand construction jobs will need to be filled in order to build the 20-million square-foot facility, with contractors and suppliers assisting in this process from here and all corners of the state.