Scene at the fair

Fair at night

One last turn on the Big Wheel, one more dance under the lights, a bucket of cookies for the road — when night falls and the lights go up, half the fair settles down while the other revs up for rock 'n' roll and midway partying. 

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J.J. Kern tries to catch some sleep after a long day in the stall with the family's Guernsey cows. Kern plays semipro football and helps out his dad James at the family farm in Wadena. Bradon Kern is sound asleep while Jordan Kern could not fall asleep. This is the fifth generation that has attended the State Fair.
Late in the evening, in the Garden Stage where people usually belt out karaoke tunes, an impromptu dance party breaks out while most people have already left the State Fair .
Blackjack dealer Bryce Skiba, center, gives some advice to his fellow players in the pig barn.
Kayden Garrett and his fiancee Jade Nelson, both 20, have their picture taken in front of the Big Great Wheel. It is one of the tallest traveling Ferris wheel in the United States taking riders to a height of 156 feet.
Eliah Goodwin,4, got to enjoy the carousel by himself on a school night.
A piglet soaks up the warmth of a heat lap while its siblings suckle away.
Hansen's Foods' two stands are open from 6 in the morning to 10 or 11 at night serving breakfast lunch, and dinner across from the cattle barn. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and tacos in a bag are the most popular items.
Brothers Mike Irebe,left, and Mark Irebe, right groom their Jersey cattle for a showing. The brothers operate a dairy farm in Cumberland Wisconsin that is been in the family since 1925.
Big Great Wheel is reflected in a puddle of rain. It is one of the tallest traveling Ferris wheel in the United States taking riders to a height of 156 feet.
Loretta Strait helps close down Rice Kristie Bars for the evening. Strait says a hot seller is "camp fire" which includes chocolate and marshmallows and taste like a smore .
Late in the evening, in the Garden Stage where people usually belt out karaoke tunes, an impromptu dance party breaks out while most people have already left the State Fair .
Late at night in the sheep barn, sheep don hoods and coverings to keep them spiffy looking for showings.
Martha's Sweet Cookies sells around $4 million of cookies in 12 days at the State Fair.
(Image is Inverted) Fairgoers are reflected in a puddle as they pass near the Big Great Wheel, which takes riders up 156 feet in the air.
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