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More than 120 events, activities at the fair; make sure you attend one or more

For What It's Worth
Rick Peterson, general manager

If you don’t know it’s fair week, you must be living under a rock. The four-day event actually takes months of planning and preparation by the volunteers that make up the Rock County Agricultural Society.
The behind-the-scene work is so good you don’t even notice it. I mean that as a compliment.
You probably won’t notice the freshly painted buildings, the new additional sidewalks and the upgrades to the commercial buildings. The reason you probably won’t notice the improvements is because the fairgrounds are always very well maintained.
The slate of daily events is sure to appeal to a whole array of fair-goers. Personally for me, the one “must have” fair item is praline pecan ice cream from the Rock County Dairy Association’s ice cream booth.
Last year’s big hit, Celebrity  Dairyland Donkey Races, is back again this year. One of the many new attractions this year, sure to be a hit and no doubt full of laughs, is the Ag Olympics.
There are over a 120 different events and activities going on over the four days. Enjoy the fair, and here is a tip of the hat to the Rock County Agricultural Society for a job well done.
One last personal note …
The appointment was for 1:30 last Friday afternoon.
We put it off as long as we could.
The final hour still came too soon.
For 14 years we hunted the rooster every fall.
Hazel quartered well, stayed close and pointed hard and steady.
It was the retrieve where she really excelled. Those are the memories I will recall.
It is not easy putting your four-legged hunting buddy to rest.
I’m sure this fall while searching for the rooster – this time without Hazel – I will stop and remember her as one of the best.
R.I.P. Hazel Fasan Yager.

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