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2012 Platteville Dairy Days is this weekend
Becka Craugh
Becka Craugh, daughter of Gary and Pam Craugh of Platteville, is the 2012 Platteville Dairy Days Queen. Becka, a sophomore at Platteville High School, is a member of the FFA and the Dairyland Diamonds 4-H Club. Her high school activities involve cheerleading, choir, band, the musical, and softball. She is also a vocalist with the Christian rock band Redeemers. She was selected from seven finalists that included Halli Austin, Dairyland Diamonds 4-H Club, Cheyenne Bottomley, Merry Mixers 4-H, Cora Cornett, Dairyland Diamonds 4-H, Brooke Groom, Platteville FFA, Danielle Jentz, Platteville FFA and Woodchucks 4-H, and Emily Reuter, Dairyland Diamonds 4-H. Queen contestants must be a member of 4-H or FFA in high school.

Two of Platteville’s biggest events will be held this weekend.

The 65th annual Platteville Dairy Days will be held at Legion Field, and the 15th annual Historic Reenactment will be held at Mound View Park Friday through Sunday.

The Dairy Days Main Street Parade will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with band and float awards given out at noon.

Music on the Main Stage will include Aquatic Hitchhikers Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Viewing Party Saturday at 6 p.m., Turnpike Troubadours Saturday at 9 p.m., and Ken Kilian’s Swingtet Sunday at noon. The Dairyokee karaoke contest will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. Live music also will be performed on the Midway stage Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Other entertainment includes magician and hypnotist Brian Imbus Saturday at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m., and the Hometown Talent Showcase Saturday at 2 p.m. The Platteville Jaycees Bean Bag Tourney will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. The Dairy Queen Dilly Bar Eating Contest will be held Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Area fire departments will conduct water fights Sunday at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, 4-H exhibits and judging will take place at Art Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dairy Cattle Show will be held at noon. A cheese tent with local samples and judging will be open from noon to 4 p.m. The People’s Choice Cheese Awards and Auction will be held at 4 p.m.

Three truck and tractor pulls will be held. The Fantasy Truck Pull will be held Friday at 7 p.m., the Open Tractor Pull will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and the Dairyland Antique Tractor Pull will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. A garden tractor pull will be held Sunday at 10 a.m., and a kids’ pedal tractor pull will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Southwest Auto Club will hold a car show and swap meet Sunday.

The Christman Amusement Midway will be open during Dairy Days, with $20 unlimited ride bracelet specials Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, at Mound View Park, the Historic Reenactment camp will be open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The reenactment will feature a look at pre-1840s life, including storytelling, tradesmen selling 19th-century items, military demonstrations, and period food and music.

An interactive clothing demonstration will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. A candlelight tour of the camp will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. A scavenger hunt for kids will be held Saturday and Sunday. The Rollo Jamison Museum will host a silent auction ending Sunday at 3 p.m.