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4-H members prepare for Wisconsin Valley Fair

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Planning an event the size of Wisconsin Valley Fair is quite an undertaking. Wisconsin Valley Fair leaders start organizing vendors and entertainment almost a year in advance.

"We really start planning right away in September, mainly starting with our main stage entertainment," said Maria Budnik, the fair administrator.

The fair is also a time for 4-H members to showcase their talents.

"We work really closely with 4-H and they start planning in January too," said Budnik.

The final days before the fair are crucial for 4-H members. Show pens get set up for animals, festive booths are decorated, and projects must get completed.

"For me it starts right after the fair, when I breed my breeding stock," said Abigail Thunder, a 4-H member showing hogs this week. "And then you have the lambs that are born and then I buy my hogs from someone, and that starts around February."

4-H members get their own building to showcase projects and booths decorated by the members. All their work has great detail, and takes teamwork to complete.

"The pots on the ground are supposed to represent our projects, and we're growing through learning our projects," said Jeanna Kedrowski, a member showing her group's 4-H booth. "At the back it says 4-H has been growing green for 100 years, because it's been 100 years since 4-H has started. It has a lot of variety, and we still have to add more."

Jeanna Kedrowski will be up all night making sure everything on her project is perfect. "I have to go home and cook a lot of stuff, because it has to be pretty fresh for when they judge it tomorrow," she said.

The members hope that all the hours of work add up to a blue ribbon.

"They are people's pets, but they're more than that; they're a project," said Thunder. "And these animals get so much more love than what you might see on a farm. It's kind of a way of life, and it's not just this week of the fair for us; it's year-round."

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