Richardson shows a dairy calf in the Showman of
Showmanship contest at last year’s Waukesha County
When it comes to entertainment, bands like Foreigner or food
like fried something on a stick might stand out at a county
people’s eye since forever have been the animals and their
edition of the Waukesha County Fair is no different.
Missall, 10, of Big Bend, expects to be peppered with the
usual questions when she shows her lionhead rabbit Mindy, 4.
The newly recognized breed has a lion-like mane and hers is
torte, a kind of champagne color.
ask: ‘What is her name, how old she is, what color she
people to Mindy?
like the fluffier they look the more people look,” Missall
said at the rabbit hopping competition Monday at the Waukesha
County Expo Center.
Missall, 10, of Big Bend holds her lionhead named Mindy,
4, before competing in the Waukesha County Fair rabbit
hopping competition Monday.
seem to draw attention because of their variations.
be wooly like an angora or their ears can droop down rather
than stand up like a mini lop. They can have blue eyes or
brown eyes or pink eyes. Colors range a good chunk of the
are far from the only animals in the barn catching looks and
Richardson, vice president of the Waukesha County Fair and
livestock chairman, raises bore (meat) goats, Suffolk sheep
and pigs. She and her children have heard them all.
the funniest ones is: “‘Why does the sheep wear its
blanket? Is the sheep cold?’ We get asked that question more
times than you know.”
a metaphorical question about their wool. They wear blankets.
wear the blankets to keep clean and keep away the flies.
They’re not cold,” said Richardson, who lives in the Town
questions keep coming in a county that is a little more
suburban and a little less country every day.
do sheep or cows or any of the species wear an earring?’”
It’s an identification of the animal,” Richardson
and those in the middle filter in and out of the barns at the
fair, which runs through Sunday.
checks them out - all sizes, shapes and colors - the
animals,” Richardson said.
it’s brown Swiss, and black and white Holstein, and the
Angus, they're all different.The same with the goats. Some
goats don’t have ears and some have long, floppy ears.
like, ‘Look at this one!’ Or, ‘Come look at this
the animals in action is another thing.
show them with a cane. You drive a pig. You tap the right
cheek to go left,” Richardson said.
rabbit hopping competition for the County Fair is done, there
will be a demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday. To get their
ribbons, the rabbits do hurdles, high jump, long jump and an
obstacle course (they like to hide in the tunnel).
love it,” said Wendy Norem of Waukesha, a rabbit exhibit
volunteer whose children participate. “People will hop their
rabbits at the humane society and people show up just to
people are endeared to the animals, animals sometimes endure
people. That includes their handlers and owners.
them are quite young.
Britches showmanship takes place Saturday after the dairy
judging in which youngsters show cattle. The sheep people
dress up in costumes promoting their sheep. And the Little
Squealers on Sunday is for kids 2 to 8 years old and the pigs.
Richardson’s son, 5 at the time, showed a 279-pound pig last
hooks them in so they can show when they're older,”
One of the
fair’s big attractions is the Showman of Showmanship
Competition at 6 p.m. Saturday. Each of the older children
shows a pig, a goat, a sheep, dairy and beef cattle, and a
horse, straying from their strengths.
goat girl will show a horse and they all show the horse
and the they go to the next ring,” Richardson said.
“All the different barns all pull together.”
daughter, Mariah Richardson, 17, was crowned the Showman of
Showman last year.
the star attractions might be shy or nervous with all the
attention, Richardson said she thinks the animals get used to
time you show an animal they have to get acclimated,” she