A record 427 people of various ages competed on 55 teams at the Meat Animal Sale Trivia Night on March 16, 2019, in Juneau, Wis. Over the years, the trivia-night fundraiser has raised money for improvements in the animal buildings at the Dodge County Fair. In addition to new sheep pens, proceeds from this year’s trivia-night fundraiser will help with barn-ventilation improvements and will establish a fund to rent a state-approved weigh-in scale every year for the Dodge County Fair.

The top-three placings in the trivia contest were separated by only three points. With 67 points, first place went to Waterloo FFA, second to Farmington Friends, and third to the Behl-Nass team.

Door prizes, bucket raffles, and silent-auction items are also part of the trivia-night fundraiser. “This year, we had 231 door prizes, 159 bucket raffles, and 48 silent-auction items,” noted Eric Salmi, trivia-night chairperson. There were winners in a variety of other contests, as well, “Mary Pat Boschert won the 50/50 raffle, Drew Benninger was our ‘heads and tails’ winner, and the ‘IF’-game winner was Caleb Kohl.”

“I would like to thank the 16 businesses who sponsored each of the trivia rounds and the many citizens of Dodge County who donated, came to play, and/or volunteered to work at this great event,” said Salmi.

“We have 4-H members in our family,” said Betty Statz, Reeseville. “This event is a good opportunity for us to get together and show our support.” Kaitlin Neu, Ashipun, has been showing in the livestock project for eight years. “I like to volunteer for trivia night, because it’s a good experience. I get to meet a lot of people, and watching them have fun is enjoyable for me.”

“Our fundraising efforts aren’t going to stop with trivia night,” said Salmi. “We still have some hog pens for sale, and we continue to sell our nice 20-ounce polar mugs for $25.” If someone is interested in purchasing a mug, e-mail [email protected].

It is unknown, yet, which species of animal at the Dodge County Fair will be featured at the next trivia-night fundraiser, but it’s certain the youth exhibitors, animals, and variety of fairgoers who grace the grounds of the Dodge County Fair every year in August will benefit from the safe, comfortable, and informative facilities trivia-night fundraisers help create.

The 2019 Dodge County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 14-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com.

Written by Dori Lichty — farm wife, 4-H Mom, and full-time communicator

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