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Images: Day Two of the 2012 Kane County Fair

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  • Paden Thompson, 8, of St. Charles, gets smothered with kisses from four-month-old Jersey calf, Peanut, while they wait for their turn to show in the Jersey Junior Hefer category at the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Peanut's sandpaper-like tongue left Paden's cheek a rosy color afterward. Peanut and her sister, Clover, are calves from Primrose Farm in St. Charles. Paden and his sister, Emily, 11, are volunteers and have taken care of the calves ever since they were born. Peanut happened to be born on Paden's birthday. "I just like sitting with them and working with them," says Paden. The 4-H program at Primrose Farm gets suburban kids who don't live on a farm a chance to be involved in the farm program.

       Paden Thompson, 8, of St. Charles, gets smothered with kisses from four-month-old Jersey calf, Peanut, while they wait for their turn to show in the Jersey Junior Hefer category at the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Peanut's sandpaper-like tongue left Paden's cheek a rosy color afterward. Peanut and her sister, Clover, are calves from Primrose Farm in St. Charles. Paden and his sister, Emily, 11, are volunteers and have taken care of the calves ever since they were born. Peanut happened to be born on Paden's birthday. "I just like sitting with them and working with them," says Paden. The 4-H program at Primrose Farm gets suburban kids who don't live on a farm a chance to be involved in the farm program.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Grace Shanks of DeKalb gives Giggity, a four-year-old Brown Swiss dairy cow, a peck on the forehead before she hands her off to her brother, Philip, for showing during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19. Philip, whose farm is in Juda, WI, was showing 16 dairy cows of three different breeds at the show. Grace and Philip grew up taking care and showing dairy cattle since they were "old enough to walk," says Grace. They have 65 cows on the farm.

       Grace Shanks of DeKalb gives Giggity, a four-year-old Brown Swiss dairy cow, a peck on the forehead before she hands her off to her brother, Philip, for showing during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19. Philip, whose farm is in Juda, WI, was showing 16 dairy cows of three different breeds at the show. Grace and Philip grew up taking care and showing dairy cattle since they were "old enough to walk," says Grace. They have 65 cows on the farm.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Austin Risley, 10, of Esmond, IL, watches pig judging during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Risley, along with his brother, Zac, 18, left, show steers but were helping out friends from Naperville who were showing their pigs.

       Austin Risley, 10, of Esmond, IL, watches pig judging during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Risley, along with his brother, Zac, 18, left, show steers but were helping out friends from Naperville who were showing their pigs.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Sheep judge Dan Spilde of Stoughton, WI, debates winners during the second day of the Kane County Fair. Spilde has been a judge for over 20 years and raised sheep as a child. He judges all over the country.

       Sheep judge Dan Spilde of Stoughton, WI, debates winners during the second day of the Kane County Fair. Spilde has been a judge for over 20 years and raised sheep as a child. He judges all over the country.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Brittani Koning of Pecatonia shoves another first place ribbon for her sheep in her back pocket during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday.

       Brittani Koning of Pecatonia shoves another first place ribbon for her sheep in her back pocket during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Isabel Stohlquist, 2, of Poplar Grove reaches into a toolbox full of farm machinery toys, a Holstein and a sheep, while family members show dairy cattle during second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19.

       Isabel Stohlquist, 2, of Poplar Grove reaches into a toolbox full of farm machinery toys, a Holstein and a sheep, while family members show dairy cattle during second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Sheep judge Dan Spilde of Stoughton, WI, looks at the teeth of a dorper hair sheep held by Josh Koukol of Pingree Grove during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Koukol was helping show sheep for Stephanie and Dennis Larson of Woodstock.

       Sheep judge Dan Spilde of Stoughton, WI, looks at the teeth of a dorper hair sheep held by Josh Koukol of Pingree Grove during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Koukol was helping show sheep for Stephanie and Dennis Larson of Woodstock.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Water drips from the muzzle of a Holstein cow after taking a long drink of cold water during second day of the Kane County Fair.

       Water drips from the muzzle of a Holstein cow after taking a long drink of cold water during second day of the Kane County Fair.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Thomas Modoff, 12, of Naperville sprays water on his pigs to help keep them cool during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19. Modoff has been showing pigs for five years.

       Thomas Modoff, 12, of Naperville sprays water on his pigs to help keep them cool during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19. Modoff has been showing pigs for five years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Jarret Van Acker, 12, of Burlington talks with his father, Tim, between showing categories during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Jarret is a member of the Burlington Ag 4-H Club and is showing ten cows, total, including Jersey sisters, Ava and Diva, 3.

       Jarret Van Acker, 12, of Burlington talks with his father, Tim, between showing categories during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday. Jarret is a member of the Burlington Ag 4-H Club and is showing ten cows, total, including Jersey sisters, Ava and Diva, 3.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Children play in the stands while dairy cattle are judged during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday.

       Children play in the stands while dairy cattle are judged during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hogs in the crossbreed barrow category in the 255-265 weight class scamper out into the ring for judging during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday.

       Hogs in the crossbreed barrow category in the 255-265 weight class scamper out into the ring for judging during the second day of the Kane County Fair on Thursday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Paden Thompson, 8, of St. Charles, gets smothered with kisses from four-month-old Jersey calf, Peanut, while they wait for their turn to show in the Jersey Junior Hefer category at the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19. Peanut's sandpaper-like tongue left Paden's cheek a rosy color afterward. Peanut and her sister, Clover, are calves from Primrose Farm in St. Charles. Paden and his sister, Emily, 11, are volunteers and have taken care of the calves ever since they were born. Peanut happened to be born on Paden's birthday. "I just like sitting with them and working with them," says Paden. The 4-H program at Primrose Farm gets suburban kids who don't live on a farm a chance to be involved in the farm program.

       Paden Thompson, 8, of St. Charles, gets smothered with kisses from four-month-old Jersey calf, Peanut, while they wait for their turn to show in the Jersey Junior Hefer category at the Kane County Fair on Thursday, July 19. Peanut's sandpaper-like tongue left Paden's cheek a rosy color afterward. Peanut and her sister, Clover, are calves from Primrose Farm in St. Charles. Paden and his sister, Emily, 11, are volunteers and have taken care of the calves ever since they were born. Peanut happened to be born on Paden's birthday. "I just like sitting with them and working with them," says Paden. The 4-H program at Primrose Farm gets suburban kids who don't live on a farm a chance to be involved in the farm program.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A diesel pickup blows black smoke as it pulls the sled down the 260-foot track during a Truck Pull competition at the Kane County Fair Thursday in St. Charles.

       A diesel pickup blows black smoke as it pulls the sled down the 260-foot track during a Truck Pull competition at the Kane County Fair Thursday in St. Charles.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Mud and dirt is churned up from the tires of a pickup truck during a truck pull competition at the Kane County Fair Thursday in St. Charles.

       Mud and dirt is churned up from the tires of a pickup truck during a truck pull competition at the Kane County Fair Thursday in St. Charles.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Jan Olson of Maple Park unhooks his 1968 Ford from the sled after a full pull at a truck pull competition at the Kane County Fair Thursday in St. Charles.

       Jan Olson of Maple Park unhooks his 1968 Ford from the sled after a full pull at a truck pull competition at the Kane County Fair Thursday in St. Charles.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 

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