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Images: Opening of the 2012 Kane County Fair

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Jessica Dunteman, 9, of Big Rock rests with one of her hogs before her turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Wednesday.
  Jessica Dunteman, 9, of Big Rock rests with one of her hogs before her turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Wednesday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Sheep wait to be judged during the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday.
  Sheep wait to be judged during the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
A rabbit sticks his nose out of the cage while people walk around the exhibition hall during the first day of the Kane County Fair.
  A rabbit sticks his nose out of the cage while people walk around the exhibition hall during the first day of the Kane County Fair.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Chelsea Danforth, 17, of St. Charles cools herself and her silky chicken before her turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair.
  Chelsea Danforth, 17, of St. Charles cools herself and her silky chicken before her turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
John Lenz, 6, of Maple Park attacks his strawberry ice cream cone during the first day of the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Wednesday. He's a 4-H member who showed sheep earlier in the day.
  John Lenz, 6, of Maple Park attacks his strawberry ice cream cone during the first day of the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Wednesday. He's a 4-H member who showed sheep earlier in the day.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Katie Jarecki, 14, is reflected on the glossy floor of the Prairie Events Center during the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest Monday night at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. She sang "On My Own" and is from North Aurora.
  Katie Jarecki, 14, is reflected on the glossy floor of the Prairie Events Center during the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest Monday night at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. She sang "On My Own" and is from North Aurora.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Eleven-year-old Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire performs a piano solo Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. He competed in the junior division.
  Eleven-year-old Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire performs a piano solo Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. He competed in the junior division.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Ethan Reimer, Dominic Campobasso, and Ian Berk watch the stage as Isaac Serna adjusts his hat while they wait backstage just before their turn Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. The Aurora pre-teen group performed a Hip Hop Dance called "Bounce".
  Ethan Reimer, Dominic Campobasso, and Ian Berk watch the stage as Isaac Serna adjusts his hat while they wait backstage just before their turn Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. The Aurora pre-teen group performed a Hip Hop Dance called "Bounce".
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Nicole DiSandro, 14, of Elburn, performs "Gimme Gimme" Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles.
  Nicole DiSandro, 14, of Elburn, performs "Gimme Gimme" Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Madison Kleba, 14, performs an opera called La Pastorella Delle Alpi Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. She is from Campton HIlls.
  Madison Kleba, 14, performs an opera called La Pastorella Delle Alpi Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. She is from Campton HIlls.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Alexis Nguyen, 13, of Pingree Grove, performs "Good Girl" Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles.
  Alexis Nguyen, 13, of Pingree Grove, performs "Good Girl" Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Eleven-year-old Kiersten Larsen sings "What it Means To Be A Friend" Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. She is from South Elgin.
  Eleven-year-old Kiersten Larsen sings "What it Means To Be A Friend" Monday night at the 29th Annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest in the Prairie Events Center at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. She is from South Elgin.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Yo-Yo riders enjoy the cool breeze on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.
  Yo-Yo riders enjoy the cool breeze on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Ducks from New Mexico race at The Great Duck Race daily show on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.
  Ducks from New Mexico race at The Great Duck Race daily show on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A Siberian Tiger stands up to take a bite of raw meat on a stick offered by a fair goer on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles. The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary of Florida has daily shows with several large cats. People can also buy a turn to feed a cat.
  A Siberian Tiger stands up to take a bite of raw meat on a stick offered by a fair goer on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles. The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary of Florida has daily shows with several large cats. People can also buy a turn to feed a cat.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A young rider practices on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.
  A young rider practices on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A tiger rolls his tongue in the heat on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles. The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary has daily shows with several large cats.
  A tiger rolls his tongue in the heat on the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles. The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary has daily shows with several large cats.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
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