Over 4,000 entries, ranging from championship cattle and rabbits to photographs and cakes will be on display when the Langlade County fair kicks off on Wednesday.
The fair is an annual summer highlight, but while the formal exposition only stretches through the weekend, staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension office have been working for weeks preparing for the day, and some exhibits have been preparing more months to get ready for the big day.
Karalee Brock, 4-H program assistant, said that there are 4,088 total entries for the exposition.
The highest number, 514, is in the area of Exploring and Cloverbuds, who make up the youngest exhibitors at the fair. Exploring is open to youths grades three through five, while Cloverbuds are kindergartners through second graders.
Exhibits for those young members can run the gamut from foods, flowers and clothing to vegetables, crafts and small animals.
The open class antiques department is the second most popular category, with 499 entries. There are various classes for clear and colored glass, dolls, cookie cutters, jewelry, clocks, vintage clothing and even collections of fancy buttons.
The 4-H cultural arts category has 344 entries, revolving around stenciling and painting, leather crafts, sketches, trash and treasures.
Plant and soil science and photography are tied with 217 4-H entries each.
The fair will also have plenty of livestock.
There are 96 dairy cattle entries 91 beef; 128 swine; 83 sheep and 166 horse entries.
Poultry accounts for 51 entries; rabbits, 175; dogs, 46; goats and llamas, 10; and cats, 18.
There are also 110 open class rabbit entries.
Many of the animals may be entered in more than one class.
Karalee Brock, left, 4-H program assistant, and Krista Otto,
4-H youth development agent, with just a bit of the paraphernalia
that go into making the Langlade County Fair a success.