Showers, visitors enjoying new pens
By Gloria Hafemeister
For The Daily Times
BEAVER DAM – Youths showing pigs at the Dodge County Fair are happy that their animals are now housed in new pens that the young people have been fundraising for over the last two years.
Oscar Stowell, Fox Lake, says, “These gates are really nice. They are so much easier to open and close.”
He and other youths using the pens for their animals said they keep the pigs contained better so the animals cannot get out.
The new pens are the result of two years of fundraising by youths involved in the livestock project in Dodge County.
“The old pig pens were more than 50 years old, had been used by several generations in the swine project and were unsafe for both animals and exhibitors,” said Eric Salmi, co-chairman of the fundraising effort.
“We are happy to see the barn finished in time for this year’s fair,” said Andy Boschert, youth co-chairman for the project.
Fundraising began in September 2016 by selling the old pens. The youths then held trivia nights, held T-shirt sales and pen sponsorships. Together the youths involved with the Dodge County Meat Animals Sale committee raised about $46,000 to order and install 92 new pens. Half of the pens were installed last year just prior to the fair and the other half were installed just before this year’s fair.
Boschert said the new pens not only look nicer but they also increase the safety and view of the pig barn at the fair. He said he and all of the youths are grateful for the generosity of those who contributed in any way to the effort.
A signboard outside the barn lists the supporters who have made the new pens possible.