Having taken on the Waukesha County Fair, intrepid Lake Country Publications/NOW reporter Megan Sukovich now takes us on the tilt-a-whirlwind adventure that is the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair.
The Waukesha County Fair is a family a-fair for most! The Tremaine family from Oconomowoc is just one of many families that come together to share their love for agriculture here at the Waukesha County Fair.
Luke (20), Heidi (17), and Hannah (14) Tremaine began showing animals at the Waukesha County Fair at the young age of 9. Their parents, Mark and Karen Tremaine, own a farm in Oconomowoc and have encouraged their kids to continue in the farming tradition.
“A lot of times agriculture is passed down from generation to generation. So if your family is not involved, chances are you aren’t,” explains Heidi.
At this year’s fair, booth Heidi and Hannah were able to show their cattle and pigs. In the photo to the right, Luke and Heidi sit atop two of Heide’s beef cows, Evie and Lucky.
Of course, Heidi’s favorite fair animal is the cow. “They have so much character. They are just like people!” exclaims Heidi.
On the average day, Luke, Heidi and Hannah will wake up at 5:30 to feed their animals and do other chores on the farm, spending about an average of 10 hours a week attending to their animals. During fair season, they spend even more time with them to make sure they are in tip-top shape.
“I think there is a lot to learn through the fair. it’s not about winning and losing. It’s about the life lesions I’ve learned. Integrity, patience, commitment, and how to both win and lose graciously,” says Heidi.
In the photos below, Hannah is showing her pig who won first place in its weight class, contributing to many of the Tremaine girls’ metals, trophies, and ribbons they have won so far at this year’s Waukesha County Fair.