WAUSAU (WAOW)– Animal judging is continuing through the weekend at the Wisconsin Valley Fair, and the tradition is being carried forward by some of its youngest members.
On Thursday, animal showings included beef and dairy cattle, as well as sheep.
Awards were given to various passionate and young ambassadors of agriculture in multiple categories.
Malorie Schmoll won Grand Champion Ram in the Sheep show.
Schmoll has shown sheep at the fair since she was in kindergarten. She compares the hard work and dedication in the showing livestock to that required of sports athlete.
“Say you play soccer, you practice, you go to practice everyday, every week. And you work up towards that tournament, towards that big game. That’s kind of how it is with livestock,” said Schmoll.
Tucker Bayer also received top honors in both female and male Beef show for his families Red Angus’, continuing a Bayer family tradition spanning 3 generations.
Bayer says he loves winning, but it’s the relationships made at competitions he enjoys most.
“You might want to win all the shows you go to, but after all family and friends are the best things to have,” said Bayer.
Animal judging will continues Friday with the Poultry and Swine shows.
Saturday will feature the Goat show, both days the competitions begin at 9:00 a.m.