Black and White Photo Series from the 2014 Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Northern Wisconsin State Fair and Leinenkugels Bottling Plant in Chippewa Falls

Black and white images tell a powerful tale and let the subject speak for themselves; they are raw, stripped back, and allow you to feel something authentic. While state fairs are full of colorful images and vibrant details; I wanted to capture the feel and history of a time that we weren’t privileged to be a part of. There is an intense magic in black and white that is impossible to explain; only to feel. The story is in the shadows and highlights, in the details and in the mystique. Black and white photos tread that fine line between tradition and modern sophistication that provide the fleeting reality of a captivating image. State and County fairs began in the United States with a first gathering in Syracuse, New York back in 1841. The judging of livestock in the U.S. began in the 19th century where you will see some antique black and white photographs of competitors parading their charges in front of the judges. Elkanah Watson, a wealthy New England Farmer and businessman, is often given credit for the idea of the state fair; he was known for showcasing his sheep in the public square back in 1807 in Massachusetts. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is a time honored enduring summer tradition with compelling roots tied to the 18th century.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Cowboy With Two Black Draft Horses

As it reads on the marker thats holds steadfast to the fairgrounds:

Primarily rural in the 19th Century. Wisconsin promoted the state fair to advance better state farming practices. Since 1851 to the present, this fair has been held in southern Wisconsin. Recognizing the impracticality of entering or attending the Southern Wisconsin State Fair, Chippewa Falls area citizens drafted a charter to create the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Enacted in 1897 by the State of Wisconsin, the fair was to “Improve agriculture, horticulture and mechanical and household arts.” Encompassing a 27 county district, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has played a central role in northern Wisconsin for over 100 years.

To these fairground self-sufficient farming families brought their best efforts in raising chickens, sheep, cows, rabbits, horses and pigs and displayed their horticultural skills in prized pies, breads and canned goods. As Wisconsin became more urbanized, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair reflected developments in industry and technology from Model Ts to satellite dishes. Today, these fairground buildings still display the best of individual and community achievement in northern Wisconsin.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Draft Horse in Sunshine

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Man Walking Two Big Draft HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy With Case Hat and CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls in the Cattle BarnsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Brother and Sister in BarnNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cattle Award RibbonNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy With Trophy Winning HenNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls With ChickensNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls With Tiger Face PaintNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Gordys Front Porch Stage With T Texas TerryNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Brother and Sister With Face PaintNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Kids Petting Draft HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Walking Large Horse out of StablesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Chicken HeadNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Little Girls with Calves
Northern Wisconsin State Fair Little Girl With CalfNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Young Boys Showing CalvesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boys with CalvesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Blonde Hair Boy Showing Cattle

“The fair has never been about the rides for me. It’s about the little kid who’s showing an animal for the very first time, the last year member winning awards and trophies they’ve never had before, the 115 pound girl hanging onto her steer despite everything because she’s tougher than the steer’s 1300 pounds of muscle and bone. Above all else, the fair is about the friendships and camaraderie that grows from when I was the exhibitor to now being the parent and spending time with the same kids I did 20 years ago.” – Renee

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Boy Pulling CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair 1st Place CornNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Chippewa Falls First Premium Ribbon SeedsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Judged SeedsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Judged CropsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teen Showing CattleNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Young Boy With Tie and Draft HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy Holding Large Black HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Holding CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Standing With HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Hoof vs Feet SizeNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse StableNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Young Girl With Her HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cow Broad SideNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cow Being ShownNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Man and His HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Large Draft HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Woman and Her HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Award Winning PoultryNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse Being ShownNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Portrait With HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair White Horse PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse SilhouetteNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Walking Cow Down MidwayNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teen Walking Cow Past Food StandNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Yo Yo RideNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Fries Food StandNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Blizzard RideNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Dad Teaching Daughter in Cattle RingNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse HeadNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls Posed With HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Tilt A Whirl and BalloonNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Fire Ball RideNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy With Calf in Santa Custome - Girl With CalfNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Motion at the Cattle ShowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse StablesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Portrait With Vietnam VeteranNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl With Black CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy and Girl Showing CattleNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cattle ShowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Judge in ArenaNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cattle Show in ArenaNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cattle AuctionNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Watching Bidding

Life and death on the farm is a certainty that is depended on for the survival of the farming community. This leads to heart wrenching experiences for children who raise animals from birth to then sell them at the county fair for a profit as they go for slaughter. This brutal part of responsibility is a necessary evil in the industry of agriculture. The skills learned in raising livestock instill values and an empowered work ethic that is unparalleled to those of their peers who do not share in the same farming experiences. These kids take great pride and care in raising the animal, feeding, grooming, bathing, preparing it for market; in essence giving the animal a home. There is often a connection and bond between the animal and its caretaker that is unmatched by how we raise pets today; these kids know when the end is. It is an impressive feat to watch the maturity of these young learners who lead their prized animals to the trailer of the purchaser; knowing their fate will end in the circle of life.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Loading Cattle TrailerNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teen Saying Last GoodbyeNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cattle Truck Leaving to Meat ProcessorNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Watching Cattle Being LoadedNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Pushing Cow into TrailerNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Saying Good ByeNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Carnivale Stand and Boy on BikeNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Three Teens PoseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Tower DropNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Busy and Wet MidwayNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Two Friends PosingNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy Throwing Football GameNorthern Wisconsin State Fair MidwayNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Carnivale RidesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls with Fair TrophiesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy With Fair Trophy For His CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Yo Yo SpinningNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Swing Ride Kids in AirNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Spinning RideNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Portrait on the MidwayNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Ride SpinningNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Three Teen BoysNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cotton Candy Apples and PopcornNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cheese Curd Stand and Ferris WheelNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Hot Dog StandNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Ferris Wheel at NightNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Ride ArtworkNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Man and Wife With PrizesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair at NightNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Farm Boy Being Chased by His Dairy CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teen Standing Outside BarnNorthern Wisconsin State Fair US Army SoldiersNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Unloading SheepNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Shaving Sheep

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Walking Her Cow Past Fry StandNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Little Girl Portrait With HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl With Tiger Face - Carney With Shades OnNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls with Stuffed RacoonNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Kid Portraits With Sword and Shot Out TargetNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Sparky the Chippewa Fire Safety Mascot

Northern Wisconsin State Fair White TigerNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Bat Boy Trying to Help BrotherNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Riding CarouselNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Filling The Grill With Turkey LegsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Dressed to ImpressNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Three Girls PoseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Little Boys in Tractor TireNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy Playing GamesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teens With Huge Stuffed MonkeyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Army Rock Climbing WallNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Batman CoupleNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls With Toy HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Icee Stand
Northern Wisconsin State Fair Helicopter View Over Fair GroundsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Aerial ViewNorthern Wisconsin State Fair GroundsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Aerial of Ferris Wheel
Northern Wisconsin State Fair TeensNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Dad With His KidsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Group of KidsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Happy FamilyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Portrait of Drawn PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair BrosNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy With Ice Cream Cone Girl With PrizesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Hanging OutNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Group PoseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Rides and Crowd at NightNorthern Wisconsin State Fair KidsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy With Stuffed DinosaurNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Crazy GroupNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Holding Cow BackNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse Wearing Cowboy HatNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls With Their RibbonsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Western Riding HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Western Rider

Northern Wisconsin State Fair The State of Wisconsin on a Cow

I actually found a pretty accurate outline of the state of Wisconsin on the side of this champion dairy cow.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Riding HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horses in ArenaNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl With Her PonyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Portrait With Her HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse RiderNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Standing With HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Young Man and His Horse with RibbionNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Posing With Their HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Reserve Champion HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Kids With Their HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Poses With Her HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl With Her HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Little Girl Looking at Her SheepNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Kids Showing SheepNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Walking Jersey Cow Back to StableNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Portraits With Cows

“The fair for me is about showing my cattle and making bonds with my friends that’ll last a lifetime. I’m a third generation showman and not a lot of people show cattle and I’m very proud to say I do. I’ve learned a lot about myself like just how strong I am and can be. I’ve made so many friends and I’m sure many of those friendships will last a lifetime. And now that my time to show cattle is about to be over, I appreciate it way more.” – Haley

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Cattle ShowmenNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Champion CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Bearded Farmer and Schroder Concessions Blooming OnionNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Mother Daughter PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair English Horse Riding and Big Stuffed PrizesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair English Horse RidingNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Leather Cowgirl BootsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Horse BackNorthern Wisconsin State Fair English Horse SaddleNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse CompetitionNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Two Young Girls With Horse TrophyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse WinnersNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teen With Horse RibbonNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Western LeatherNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Boy in Cart Pulled by DonkeyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Draft Horse PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Horse Showing OffNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girls With Their LamasNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Hug From GrandpaNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Draft Horse Running with CartNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Couple With Cowboy HatNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Poultry JudgingNorthern Wisconsin State Fair White and Black Hen

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Girl on Blind HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Teen on Riding HorseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair RCU Mascot and Girl With DolphinNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Corn DogsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Little Boy HelpsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair A Happy WinnerNorthern Wisconsin State Fair FarmerNorthern Wisconsin State Fair SmileNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cow HugNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Full ArenaNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Showing DairyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Water GameNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Rain in the SkyNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Running in from the RainNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Group in Horse StableNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl with Huge DogNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl Boy and White CalfNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Midway ViewNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Ferris Wheel RideNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Girl in Water Ball

“I love seeing the expressions on the kids’ face while on rides at the fair!” – Kate

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Ferris WheelNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Aerial at NightNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Looking Down on the MidwayNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Looking Down from the Ferris WheelNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Midway Rides at NightNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Spinning in the DarkNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Carnivale LightsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Bumper CarsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Water Balls ClosedNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Fire Ball at NightNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Ride in SmokeNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Antique John Deere TractorNorthern Wisconsin State FairTractor PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair John Deere PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Motorcross Show Flying HighNorthern Wisconsin State Fair 4 Wheeler Stunt ShowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Showing Little Boy the CowNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Two Young Girls PoseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair 4H Girls Petting CalfNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Taking Pictures of the PoultryNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Cowgirl BootsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Happy CowgirlNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Little CowgirlNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Kicking the Boots UpNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Lama and QueenNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Poultry BarnNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Swifty Swine Pig RacesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Family PortraitNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Family PoseNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Bat Face PaintNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Bumble Bee Ride

“The bumblebee ride poses as threatening to some, under the age of 3, but seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as they throw a baseball and win a magnificent skull bat or blow up dolphin, makes life superior…if only for a few moments.” – Traci

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Old CoupleNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Happy Girl in WagonNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Ride ShadowsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Friends and SistersNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Guy With ChickensNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Family PhotosNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Washing HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Waiting on HorsesNorthern Wisconsin State Fair FriendsNorthern Wisconsin State Fair Dad Helping Win

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Good DayNorthern Wisconsin State Fair End of Competition


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  • Jan Stark via Facebook - July 17, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Great photos Travis!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Kragness Berthiaume via Facebook - July 17, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Once again you are amazing. ReplyCancel

  • Lois Probst - July 18, 2014 - 2:18 am

    There was a little kid,white shirt,tie,holding a beef of some kind…his facial expression remind me so much of Jerry Mathers from the “Beaver”…
    These photos are stupendous … Have always love blk/white!ReplyCancel

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