Youth show off at Dane County Fair

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Posted, Thursday, July 17, 2014 --- 5:55 p.m.

For a lot of people the Dane County Fair is all about fun, but for some youth here this week, it's about work. Finally getting to show off the animals they've trained and taken care of for the past four months.

"I'm here to show my pig Benny." Nick Fehey is only 11.

"He likes his tummy rubbed," Nick said.

But is already in charge of making sure his 264 lb. friend stays healthy and groomed.

"It really is a good program. Teaches a lot of life skills, things like responsibility," said Janet Keller, communications manager for the fair.

This year Nick did pretty well.

"I won my class with him that I showed him in," said Nick.

But that's not the case for the more than 900 youth who have entered projects at this years fair.

"Whether you win or lose, as life teaches all of us, it's a great place for those young people to learn those things and how to do it with grace," said Keller.

Janet said you have to be a member of a youth group to enter in the fair, but you don't necessarily have to have your own animal. She said many farmers will loan them out for fair season so that kids can experience what it's like taking care of an animal.

"I like how he is calm and he keeps his head up, so it's easier for me to show him," said Nick.

Training Wisconsin's next generation of farmers.

"It's really important in our state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a very large agricultural base and it's very important to our economy."

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