Pen upgrade completed at Calumet Fair
Representatives of area agribusinesses which have contributed $4,000 each to the new hog and sheep pen project in the Harder-Goeldi building on the Calumet County Fairgrounds are (from left) Steve Zutz of Country Visions Cooperative, Frank Riesterer of Riesterer & Schnell, and Steve Gruett of Gruett’s, Inc.
Among the 4-H members who will be housing the hogs or sheep they will be exhibiting at the Calumet County Fair this weekend in the new stainless steel six by six foot pens are (from left) Veronica Thiel and Sam Thiel of Sherwood Wide Awake, Lauren Danes, Lilly Feider, and Riley Danes of Pine Creek, Maria Lisowe of Charlesburg Stars, and McKayla Mertz, Emmery Wiese, and Mason Mertz of the Sunset Lake 4-H Club.

An idea that was proposed a year ago has come to fruition for exhibitors of hogs and sheep at the 2015 Calumet County Fair—75 shiny new stainless steel six by six foot pens for housing the animals in the Harder-Goeldi building during the fair.

This was made possible by the generosity of dozens of supporters who made contributions to the project in general or who purchased individual pens, according to the county’s Extension Service agriculture agent Eric Ronk and the County Fair’s Meat Animal Committee chairman Don Bonlander Jr.

On the evening of Aug. 25, most of those contributors and many of the 4-H and any other youth group members who will be exhibiting hogs or sheep at the Labor Day weekend fair gathered for a look at the new pens, a brief orientation, placement of the boards on which exhibitors will put decorations, and recognition of the contributors.

For the project on which the cost was $24,500, more than $20,000 has been contributed so far and another 20 to 25 pens are available for purchase by businesses or individuals, Bonlander indicated. He also cited the new lighting installed by ACE Electric in the building and the beef cattle housing area.

A majority of the financial support for the project came from three local agribusinesses. Gruett’s Inc. of Potter

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