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An Old World County Fair at Old World Wisconsin


An Old World Wisconsin farmer plows his field with a team of draft horses as spectators look on

Livestock judging, a plowing contest, children's games, and displays of heirloom produce, flowers and farm implements are all part of the fun of an Old World County Fair at Old World Wisconsin Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19. A band contest featuring the music of the ever-popular 1st Brigade Band will add to the old-time spectacle.

Pie- and Bread-Making Contests too

Visitors of all ages are welcome to enter a home-baked pie or bread for professional judging. Winners will receive premiums similar to those given for baked goods at the Walworth County Agricultural Fairs of the 1850s and '60s. For a $3 entry fee per pie or bread, Old World Wisconsin will supply one recipe and a baking pan (pans will be available at the museum store or online).

All premium entries will be registered, displayed and judged at Caldwell Hall during the two-day event: breads only on Saturday from 10 am to noon; pies only on Sunday from 10 am to noon. Mitch Teich, producer of Milwaukee Public Radio's "Lake Effect" show, will judge the breads on Saturday. Mary Bergin, Wisconsin travel and food writer and author of the weekly "Roads Traveled" column, "Sidetracked in Wisconsin" and "Hungry for Wisconsin," will judge the pies on Sunday. Joining them as judges both days are experts from Blackhawk Technical College's Culinary Arts program, program coordinator Joe Wollinger and executive pastry chef Katie Thomas.

A Farmhand Buffet, Barn Dance and Picnic

Depending on which day you attend the Old World County Fair, there are other activities to enjoy as well. On Saturday you can enjoy a tasty Farmhand Buffet in the Clausing Barn Restaurant from 4-7 pm, then head upstairs to the barn's upper loft to kick up your heels at an After-Hours Barn Dance from 6-9 pm. On Sunday you have the option to sign up for the County Fair Picnic from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Old World Wisconsin staff recommends making reservations for all three events.

If You Go

For complete details on admission, accessibility, location, directions from various cities and contact information, visit the Old World Wisconsin visitor information pages. Also, you can view or download a detailed program schedule (PDF 527 KB) for this event.

:: Posted September 13, 2010

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