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Moo-la-palooza Mooing Contest, Wisconsin State Fair

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so maybe it’s only natural that residents of the Dairy State honor their cattle by emulating them. Seventy-five entrants, ages five and older, step up to a microphone and let loose two moos. They’re judged on realism, style, and originality, and rack up bonus points for humor and costumes. Participants have been known to hone their bellows; one past winner practiced while walking past cattle fields every day on his way to school. The best moo-er receives $1,000 cash, a cow-print coat—with a tail, of course, the Golden Cowbell trophy, and a year’s worth of sandwiches from Cousins Subs, the local company that sponsors the contest.

Where: West Allis, WI

When: early August

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