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Best homemade pickles could net big cash at Walworth County Fair contest

Pickle Pucker Bowl

Children ages 9 through 17 have the chance to win $5,000 in the Frank's Piggly Wiggly Perfect Pickle Pucker Bowl.

ELKHORN — The Walworth County Fair will give $5,000 to the child who enters the best jar of homemade pickles in the Frank’s Piggly Wiggly Perfect Pickle Pucker Bowl.

Children between ages 9 and 17 can enter the fair’s new contest.

“The money is not a scholarship, it’s a check with no restrictions on what it is used for,” said Larry Gaffey, general manager of the Walworth County Fairgrounds.

A main reason the Walworth County Fair is the largest county fair in Wisconsin is because of its level of participation by kids in contests ranging from cows to quilts, Gaffey said.

Fair organizers were searching for new contests where child participation would increase, and the Pucker Bowl is the first of the new contests will happen during the 2021 Walworth County Fair.

“The rules are simple,” Gaffey said. “The Pucker Bowl is designed to make it easy to enter, and the kids even get free admission to the Walworth County Fair with their entry.”

Entry forms were released May 21. Contest rules are on the fair website,, or in person at the Fair Office in Elkhorn.

After sharing the Pucker Bowl idea with the owners of Frank’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Elkhorn and East Troy, they decided to fund the prize money.

“This is the perfect kind of competition where almost any kid can compete,” said Stephanie Lueptow, co-owner of Frank’s Piggly Wiggly.

Lueptow said anyone can help the child win, including friends, relatives and parents.

“They do not need a farm or any acreage, they do not even need a garden,” Lueptow said.

“They can pick up the cucumbers almost anywhere. With the guidance of an adult mentor, this contest does not require

much for equipment, just a kitchen and a few canning supplies, and those can be borrowed or bought pretty cheap. Just another reason to love our county fair.”

Frank’s Piggly Wiggly will display Perfect Pickle Pucker Bowl pickle exhibits Sept. 1 through 6 at the 172nd Walworth County Fair, North Hall.

Judging results will be announced Sunday, Sept. 5.

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