Nine-year old Averyel Garcia was in her second exhibition in the Little Britches Dairy Show at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. She along with several other children showed calves to a judge; some participating for the first time.
"Cows are adorable," she said.
"This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved from five years old and in," Little Britches Judge Dan Cnossen said. A dairy farmer himself, he believes this dairy show is an opportunity to get today's youth interested in the dairy industry. "If you look at our county, it is one of the biggest dairy counties in the State. We just want to make sure we've got our little ones coming up to take our place."
"Some people think cows are gross but I think they're the cutest things and I want to show one," nine-year old Leia Duskey said.
The Little Britches Dairy Show isn't like traditional shows.
"There are no winners or losers," Marathon County Farm, Bureau Secretary Nikki DeJong said. "Everyone is a star for the day, and we give them a T-shirt and a medal."
And it even teaches values.
"I really think it teaches kids responsibility," Cnossen said. "They're out there, in charge of that animal. They're leading the calf around and it makes the kid feel important. Is it important. It gives the kid self confidence."
The Little Britches Dairy Show debuted last year, with just over 30 participants. This year's show saw 67 exhibitors. The event is expected to see even more participation next year.