|Auction action started early and continue right through Sunday at the Langlade County fair.|
Thursday featured a full day of judging and entertainment, with the livestock judges working well into the afternoon inspecting rabbits, steers, sheep, llamas and goats.
And there was surprising action in the multi-purpose building, where the blue ribbon cake auction, usually a rather quiet affair, drew 58 entries and scores of bidders Sale totals, although not available at journal press time, certainly totaled several thousands of dollars.
Sellers are hoping that trend continues tonight, when the big market animal sale, always a fair highlight, gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the livestock pavilion. Duke and Kathy Packard of North Central Sales will be certain to be spurring on representatives of local businesses and industries to open their checkbooks for the champion beef, swine and sheep.
Tonight will also bring the grandstand highlight, the IRA Outlaw Sprint Cars, which will race in front of the grandstand beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $20 for adults, $15 for youth ages 12 to 4 and free for three and under.
The cars have the big 410 engines, will produce massive horsepower and speed, and are making a rare appearance in Antigo.
Saturdayís activities will include Goodwill day in the midway, with free carousel rides from noon to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Nail depot, Becky Osborn, Builders Service of Elcho, Northcentral Mechanical, Dennis Klement Transport, Antigo Optimists, and S.T.A.R.
Fairest of the Fair Allyssa Zoern will also lead a fair scavenger hunt Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in the midway tent.
The fairís only demo derby will spark the evening.
Another new fair event arrives on Sunday, for the first fur and feather mall animal auction.
A chance to meet and greet the youth opens at 11:45 a.m. with buyer registration in the Clover Room of the multi-purpose building. The actual auction, featuring market rabbits and poultry, will begin at 1:15 p.m. in the tan building.
Patterned on tonightís event, the small animal sale has been developed as a way to allow more people and small animal exhibitors to participate in fair auction fun, at a more modest price tag.
Erika Houdek, Abby Michels and D.J. Schroeder recline along their dairy cows in the livestock pavilion Thursday afternoon.