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America's Wackiest State Fair Contests

Forget song and dance. America’s most entertaining talents are on display at these crazy state fair contests.

Moo-la-palooza MooingContest, Wisconsin State Fair

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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

America's Wackiest State Fair Contests

Moo-la-palooza MooingContest, 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

Wisconsin State Fair [1] [1] http://www.wistatefair.com
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