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2014 fair capped, it was a great time
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The amusement company’s employees spent most of Sunday evening and night taking apart the rides and other elements that formed the most public hub of the of the 2014 Langlade County Fair.

The weather was a little cool and there were threats of rain now and then, but for the most part it ended up a pleasant five-day event.

While A&P Amusements had all of their equipment tucked away on trailers and ready to roll to the next engagement, there were other signs that the show was over.

By 10 a.m. today the fair office was dark and the few workers were preparing to leave with the last boxes of records. The dozens of food stands were also mostly gone  — not cooking up German sausages, tacos, gyros, corn dogs or cheese curds.

It was over for another year, but there will be excellent memories.

The big show opened Wednesday with judging and entertainment and continued into Sunday evening with the tractor pull.

At its heart, the fair remains devoted to youth, and Langlade County’s finest were on display and in some cases, handsomely rewarded.

The 4-H cake auction on Thursday brought over $10,000 for 49 cakes, a new record, with Erika Spe
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The stands were filled for the running of the demolition derby on Saturday night at the fair. The derby is certainly one of the highlights of the week of activities at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
Walker makes visit to Antigo on Harley tour, a bit of campaigning
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Scott Walker, who hopes to be re-elected as Wisconsin’s governor in November, paused in Antigo Saturday with dozens of motorcycle-riding friends on a tour of the state.

“I love riding,” he said during the visit that allowed his fellow bikers to enjoy a cookie or two and quaff a soda.

Walker and his wife, Tonette, left the Harley Davidson dealership in Kenosha earlier in the day and were riding north to Rhinelander before heading south to a pig roast in Wausau during the evening.

The governor is in a heated race, challenged by businesswoman Mary Burke and he was using his motorcycle trip to do a little campaigning.

Walker was quite willing to explain the economic gains he said he has brought to Wisconsin after taking over from retiring governor, James Doyle, citing a lower jobless rate and reduced state spending and property tax reforms.

“We took on some big challenges,” he said, suggesting they have aided wide segments of the Wisconsin population including taxpayers.

After the snacking was done, the crowd, wearing “We Ride With Walker” shirts, straddled the cycles, fired up and headed north.


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Gov. Scott Walker and his wife, Tonette enjoyed a cookie with the staff at Kwik Trip Saturday afternoon during a motorcycle ride stop in Antigo.
Market animal auction sees higher numbers, and a bit of charity as well
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The Langlade County Fair Market Animal Sale got a boost Friday evening, both in prices paid for the championship livestock and the community-minded attitude of the bidders.

After a protracted bidding war with Servco FS, Strasser-Roller Funeral Home, represented by Ann Roller, took the grand champion market hog for $6 a pound, outpacing the $5.25 paid in 2013 for the grand champion hog.

Matt Bowman brought in the champion animal, with a final weight of 280 pounds. He also exhibited the 2013 winner.

Roller donated the animal to three Langlade County food pantries—the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, White Lake Christian Food Pantry and Operation Compassion operated by Faith Center Church.

Auctioneer Duke Packard of North Central Sales opened the evening reminding bidders of the $10,000 raised at Thursday’s cake auction, noting that if that was any indication, “we should have a good sale tonight.”

He reminded bidders to remember that they were buying the area’s finest livestock, shown by outstanding young exhibitors.

“These kids have worked hard,” Packard said. “Open your pocketbooks a little bit.”

And the bidders did.


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Abby Luerssen crowned queen of the youth fair Friday night
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Abby Luerssen was crowned queen of the Langlade County Fair in ceremonies on Friday night.

Luerssen won the honor over runner-up Hannah Baginski on the basis of grandstand and raffle ticket sales. She was crowned by the 2013 queen Nikole Houdek with assistance from Fairest of the Fair Mary Waterhouse.

Luerssen, 15, just completed her sophomore year at Antigo High School. She is a daughter of Holly and Chad Luerssen and is a member of the Tree Toppers 4-H Club and is also a 4-H Ambassador.

Luerssen raises and shows rabbits competitively throughout the state and nation and is a youth representative to the Northwoods Rabbit Club board. She is also active in the Antigo High School Drama Club and marching band and involved in the Peace Lutheran Church contemporary worship team.

Past queens include Rachel Rine, Allyssa Zoern, Tami Frisch, Nikki VanVonderen, Amanda Krivoshein, Natalie Quinn, Tanya McKenna, Christine Kuhr and Jennifer Barske in 2004.


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Pampered
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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.


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