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15th annual Fur and Feather Swap kicks off April 10

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ANN MARIE AMES
April 3, 2010
— Even if you live in a municipality such as Janesville that doesn’t allow backyard poultry, you still could get a lot out of next weekend’s 15th annual Fur and Feather Swap.

So says event organizer and poultry advocate Dale Wheelock of Darien Township.


The event isn’t just for 4-H families or poultry hobbyists, Wheelock said.


“Even if you don’t want to buy anything or you don’t know anything about chickens, there will still be plenty of interesting things to see,” Wheelock said. “It’s like going to a mini fair. You see things you’ve never seen before.”


In addition to hundreds of domestic birds, visitors can expect to find crafts, rabbits, equipment and fresh eggs, Wheelock said.


“It might be anything in the world,” he said. “You never know until you get there.”


While Wheelock is confident in the entertainment value of the swap, he’s not entirely confident that this year is the 15th annual.


That’s the best guess of the people who have worked to coordinate the event over the years, he said.


“When you start something out, and you don’t think it’s going to last, you don’t really keep track,” Wheelock said. “But most people think it’s been 15 years.”


Money raised by the swap goes toward operating the annual fur and feather sale at the Walworth County fair as well as toward four $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the fur and feather committee, Wheelock said.


If you go
What: Annual Walworth County Fur and Feather Swap
When: 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10.
Where: Walworth County Fairgrounds, Highway 11, Elkhorn.
Details: Vendors need not register in advance but must pay a $5 vendor fee. All poultry except pigeons must have health papers. Admission for visitors is $1. Children 12 and under are free. Swap includes small animals, poultry, goats, gerbils, rabbits and crafts.

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