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lp county fair begins sunday

Thursday, July 06, 2017 15:35 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A dairy cow giving birth for all to see is being tried for the first time at the 172nd LaPorte County Fair which begins Sunday.
If one or more deliveries happen as hoped, an announcement over the loudspeakers will be made just prior to each birth inviting fairgoers to see each calf entering the world.
A cow about to deliver at any time will be housed in the new barnyard at Pioneer Land.
If the first cow gives birth early enough during the fair, a second cow expecting to deliver soon will be brought into the barnyard for another live birth attempt before the fair ends June 15, said Dick Reel known as the father of Pioneer Land which started in 1995 with a log cabin.
''It's going to be a neat experience for people to see,'' said
The popular 1830's village has grown to 13 buildings including a blacksmith shop, one room schoohouse and general store.
The expecting cows will be coming from Luke and Kim Minich, the owners of Triple M Dairy near Kingsbury.
''The fair is a great opportunity to promote agriculture and come together as a community and I thought it would be something that people would take an interest in,'' said Minich.
Triple M Dairy has about 1,000 mostly holstein cows producing close to three million gallons of milk a year for Dean Foods.
The main location is at 3252 W. 500 South while the remainder of the production happens about 10 miles to the east near Stillwell.
Minich said most cows give birth on their own but he'll be there to lend a hand, if necessary.
Also new to Pioneer Land is a large wooden cow for fairgoers to try their hand at milking.
Water in buckets resting inside the cow will come out when the teets are pulled and squeezed, said Reel.
Demolition Derby kicks off the entertainment in the Motor Sports Arena Sunday, Monday and Friday then on Tuesday there's the National Tractors Pullers Association tractor pull competition.
Major country music artists starting with Big & Rich on Wednesday will perform in the grandstands followed by Granger Smith on Thursday and Scotty McCreery on Saturday.
All of the entertainment in the motor sports arena and grandstands begins at 7 p.m.
There's plenty of other entertainment happening throughout the fair at no cost with magician Matt Kalita and bands P.T & The Cruisers, High Noon and Dr. Groovy & The Soul Surgeons among the acts performing in the free entertainment tent.
There's also the all-american pig racing each day at various times starting Tuesday along with the chicken flying competition at 10 a.m. Monday in the draft horse arena and the rooster crowing and turkey gobbling competition at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the poultry barn.
June Lenig, the fair's poultry superintendent, said it's not unusial for a chicken to fly several hundred yards with the longest fliight earning a $25 prize in each of the four different categories.
''We put something in there for winning but the whole idea is to have fun,'' said Lenig.
Carnival rides are offered Monday through Saturday with unlimited rides for $20 in effect throughout much of the fair.
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