Fair exhibitor sharing her talents
|They are not pets, but the championship beef and dairy livestock at the Langlade County Fair receive as much—or more—attention than the most privileged poodle or Persian. The wash rack tucked on the northeast side of the livestock pavilion was a busy place Thursday afternoon between judging events. After the animals were tucked away, the Vic Ferrari Band rocked the midway music tent and, coupled with wristband specials that brought a crowd to the midway, contributed to an excellent day at the exposition. The Optimist Club sold 520 pounds of cheese curds and at the other end of the midway, the Hyland Lakes Lions Club didn’t even keep track of the hundreds of pounds of spuds that were turned into broasted taters. And as Vic played, the Elks Club poured 15 half-barrels of beer. |
Late blight becomes a threat to farms, gardens
|Abby Heistad has benefited greatly from the Langlade County 4-H program and the fair, and now she’s sharing her knowledge with others.|
In her last year of eligibility, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student has taken over as chairman of the sheep program, with guidance from the adult leaders in the other livestock programs, and is teaching the younger 4-Hers the intricacies of raising and showing lambs.
“I bet she has had her hands on most of the lambs that are going through the ring today,” Roseann Hoffman, a longtime 4-H leader, said. “She saw a need and she filled it. She has really gone above and beyond to help the program.”
Heistad said that she saw a void in the program following the graduation of some longtime members. An experienced exhibitor who has shown on a state and national basis, she took the lead, recruited members, led clinics and worked with the more inexperienced youth and their lambs.
The results of her efforts were on display in the livestock pavilion this afternoon, with judging in various market and showmanship categories. And the lambs will return to the ring Friday evening at the market animal sale beginning at 6:3
Abby Heistad grooms her market lamb, Leo, in preparation for judging this afternoon. The wrap, known as a slinky, on the lamb on the left keeps its coat pristine prior to showing.
A potato disease known as late blight is threatening some Wisconsin potato fields, but growers are well aware and making strides to prevent it from spreading.
Late blight is the disease responsible for the Irish potato famine in the 1840s and 1850s. The fungus which caused this devastation was identified in Portage County just last week and can cause serious problems for potato, tomato, and eggplants as well as other flowering crops.
It’s a fast-moving, community disease that can cause perfectly healthy appearing green plants to break out in brown spots, turn yellow and die prematurely.
Many home gardeners run to their local garden center for a remedy. But by the time leaves begin to yellow and the brown spots appear, the disease may have progressed to a point where there is no stopping it.
On the farm, vegetable growers face the same threat every year.
Potato and vegetable growers in Wisconsin have worked closely with University of Wisconsin researchers for decades, to understand the science behind what makes these blights tick. Through research, growers have developed and implemented innovative disease management strategies to bot
White Insurance, Mattoon, marks a century of business Saturday
Clock ticking quickly on best prices on fair rides
|The White Insurance Co. of Mattoon has a good reason to celebrate 100 years Saturday, and will. |
The family insurer has been on Fourth Street in the community for a century, and is welcoming its customers and friends for a party with complimentary food and refreshments from 4 to 7 p.m. and karaoke from 7 to 10 p.m.
Mike White explained this week that that the company was founded by his grandfather,, in 1914 and has stayed in a closeknit family members, a tradition he intends to continue for decades to come.
His father, Francis, and uncle, Marion, took over the business in 1930 and the two continued to advance until World War II started, and Francis took a break from Mattoon to serve the military. He returned and rejoined Marion, who died and his father, assumed sole control.
Mike joined the organization and continues to be the leader today.
He explained that it is operated by a four member staff including himself, his wife, Kathleen, Elaine Spaulding, and daughter, Katrina Resch.
For nearly all of the firm’s century of insuring, the office was at 703 Fourth Ave., but earlier this year the Piners Bank closed its Mattoon office and
Katrina Resch, Mike White and Elaine Spaulding in the office this week.
|Crews from A&P Enterprises are tightening the final bolts on the Tilt-A-Whirl and the carousel, but there is still one final opportunity to get bargain prices on the midway at this year’s Langlade County Fair.|
CoVantage Credit Union will continue to sell advance wristbands for the midway until 5 p.m. today, with the deal ending just as the carnival is opening.
The wristbands are available at CoVantage’s main office as well as northside location for $15 each. On the midway, the bands will cost $20.
They are good for unlimited rides between 6 and 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
There are other carnival specials as well.
On Friday, from 1 to 6 p.m. get 20 tickets for $10 with the donation of a nonperishable food item. Regular prices are in effect from 6 to 11 p.m.
The carnival will run Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. There will be raffle giveaways between 1 and 5 p.m. It will also be Goodwill Day, with free carnival rides sponsored by area benefactors.
Regular ticket prices are $1.25. Each ride takes three or more tickets per person.
The carnival rides, food stands and games are all set for opening of the midway at 5 p.m. today.
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