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.
Fourteen year old Brittany Renn, daughter of Waukesha County Fair Board President Jim Renn, received the Reserve Champion Steer award at this year’s Waukesha County Fair with her 1,410 pound beef steer, Spud. Brittany and Spud will go on to compete at the Wisconsin State Fair July 31 through Aug. 10.
After the championship win, Brittany sold Spud to Rapco Fleet Support in Hartland for $4.25 per pound, costing a grand total of about $5, 993. Rapco plans to process the meat and give it to their employees to make sure the local community benefits from Brittany’s dedication to her animal.
“I like doing the work and seeing it all pay off,” says Brittany.
To win Reserve Champion Steer, the animal must have a balance between muscle, fat, and eye appeal, as well as have the ability to produce high quantities of good quality meat. Spud’s size, stature, and calm personality earned him this year’s champion award.
“Spud is dopey. He just goes with the flow!” says Brittany.
Brittany originally purchased the beef steer in October of 2013 for $1,300. A portion of her hard earned money will contribute to college savings and some will be used to purchase another animal to show at next year’s fair.
Brittany is thrilled that her beef steer and commitment with the Waukesha County Fair is able to impact the community. It is her goal that fair goers not involved in the agriculture world are able to experience her passion for what she does.
“I hope that when people come to the fair they can see how well we treat the animals,” says Brittany.
Participating in the Waukesah County Fair has been a Renn family tradition. Brittany’s father, Jim, has been Waukesha County Fair Board President since 2007. With his wife, Kari, and father-in-law, Dave Morris, the family owns a 1,200 acre dairy farm called Renn‘s Nest in Hartland off of Highway 83.
“These kids are future leaders. Their well-roundedness and dedication to the fair goes a long way in life,” says Jim.
Brittany’s siblings Jordan, 11, and Joel, 9, also participate in the Waukesha County Fair and are active members in the local 4-H. The Renn family brought a total of 15 animals to this year’s fair, including goats, sheep, pigs, and beef and dairy cattle.
“Its rewarding when you have the chance to win. There’s years I go home with nothing, but I still come back every year. It’s all about being with friends and learning important lessons,” says Brittany.
Visit Spud and Brittany at the Wisconsin State Fair Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the final Sunday of the fair.