Fair's cake auction raises over $13,000|
Fair steer an unlikely show animal, with help overcomes blindness
|Fifty-one cakes sold for over $13,000—smashing the 2014 record of $10,000—at the cake auction Thursday evening at the Langlade County Fair.|
The auction is among the exposition’s grandest entertainment, with businesses, family members and friends bidding up the prices on chocolate, devil’s food, and other concoctions created and decorated by 4-H bakers.
This year’s sale did not disappoint, with auctioneer Kathy Packard expertly fielding bids and pushing prices to new levels, with every cake topping the $100 mark, and many going much higher.
Top seller was a cake baked by Erika Spencer, which went to Wanda Hose for $1,000 after a spirited round of bidding. Runner-up was Hannah Baginski, with Digger’s Plumbing buying her cake for $750. She donated the proceeds to Beth Fuller for cancer treatment, Sarah Anderson’s cake was sold for $560 to Kirk Kolpitcke.
The auction also brought out the altruism so prevalent at the fair, and in Langlade County in general. In addition to Hannah Baginski’s donation, Gabby Baginski gave the $300 from her cake to Beth Fuller for cancer treatment. Grace Palubicki sold her cake for $200, and donated the proceeds to the Austi
Auctioneer Kathy Packard quizzes Elizabeth Preboski about her clever cake, decorated to look like a dog bowl filled with Scooby snacks. The young baker celebrated her birthday at the sale and collected $350 for her cake.
|Olaf is an unlikely show ring star.|
The 15-month-old steer was born nearly blind, generally a crippling condition for a show animal, but through the patient handling of Alison Peters, made it into the center ring of the beef show at the Langlade County Fair.
Tonight he will return to that ring at the market animal sale.
Olaf was born totally blind in one eye and with very limited sight in the other, and at first, proved impossible to train.
“He would just lock up and not move. He was afraid because he couldn’t see,” Kathy Bowman, Peters’ aunt, explained.
Instead of giving up, Olaf learned to move and get over his fears with the help of his barn buddy, Buzz Lightyear, who is also at the fair.
“He would follow right behind him,” Bowman said.
But Buzz and Olaf can’t always be inseparable, so Peters tied a bell to her belt loop, and slowly Olaf became comfortable following the sound.
“He associated the bell with walking,” Bowman said.
Peters will likely have that bell on her belt tonight, when she leads Olaf into the ring for the final time.
The sale starts at 6:30 p.m. in the livestock pavilion.
Alison Peters prepares Olaf, her blind steer, for the show ring on Thursday. The animal goes on the auction block tonight.
2015 fair is off and running
|A worker from Fahrner Asphalt Sealers LLC pressure washed the Elleson Tennis Courts at the high school Thursday, continuing a major resurfacing project on the 10-year-old courts. The $60,000 project was financed through the fund-raising efforts of Antigo Area Tennis for Life, which also raised the money for the original construction of the courts. The courts are closed during the project, which should be wrapped up by the end of next week.|
Paddleboat Pandemonium is Saturday
|The midway was roaring Wednesday evening, there was music under the midway tent and the livestock were tucked away in the pavilion as the Langlade County Fair came to life.|
Exceptional weather blessed the first evening of the five-day exposition and that brought crowds out despite the lack of grandstand entertainment. They enjoyed music by Road Trip under the midway music tent, stopped by the first chapter of livestock judging—swine—in the pavilion’s center ring, and got their first taste of cheese curds, broasted potatoes, corn dogs and, of course, FFA Alumni ice cream cones.
After a busy evening, it was drowsy on the midway this morning but not in the barns. The livestock pavilion and surrounding areas were bustling as exhibitors prepared their beef and lambs for judging this morning and afternoon and over in the exhibition building, rabbit judging stretched through the morning hours.
Action heats up this afternoon and evening with the carnival starting at 4 p.m., ventriloquist David Malmberg taking the multi-purpose stage for shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and the often raucous cake auction at 5:30 p.m.
Madd Hoss Jackson will be under the midway musi
Road Trip performed to a big crowd under the midway tent Wednesday evening.
|Paddleboat Pandemonium, one of the northwoods most unusual events, returns on Saturday.|
The Elcho School Scholarship Fund Committee has revived the day of racing, raffles, music and fun, slated at Sammy’s Bar and Grill located on Waterpower Lake.
Two-person teams will race paddleboats, not normally known for their nimbleness, around a short course set up on the lake, with prizes for first through third place finishers.
Racing will take place in two-boat heats and boats will be available for use, assuring everyone who wants to play can participate. Entry fee is $20 per team, with all proceeds earmarked for scholarships.
Events will kick off with a decorated boat parade, with a trophy going to the most creative, at 1 p.m. followed by racing at 2 p.m.
There will be more as well, with the scholarship group assembling baskets of goodies with items donated by individuals and businesses for bucket raffles and drawings. Top prizes include a new grill along with sets of Milwaukee Brewer and Wisconsin Badger tickets.
There will be food and refreshments, and live music from 4 to 8 p.m.
Established in 1985, the goal of the Elcho School
From left, Pam Jansen of Sammy’s Bar and Grill, Colleen Ruhland of the Elcho School Scholarship Committee and Gary Kieper of Thrivent Financial pose with the Paddleboat Pandemonium trophies at Waterpower Lake. Kieper donated the awards.
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