A group of competitors at this year's Wisconsin State Fair areall wet. But that's the way they like it.
People line this pool in anticipation.
"We were surprised at 9 o'clock. We actually didn't have anyjumpers, we already had a huge crowd."
And as the crowd grows, so does the excitement.
"It's a rush for him. He likes the people applauding and helikes to be on stage."
7-year-old Drake, a chocolate lab from Minocqua, seems to relishthe limelight once he sets his paws on the 25-foot pier.
"He's a broad jumper they call him."
Now it's Drake's moment and he's ready to shine, and as he getsto the end of the pier, he stops.
"You'll see today, he probably won't jump."
"That might be a great thing to call it, stage fright."
Drake would call it a picture perfect pose, and then he's off.Just as he planned, and the crowd loves it.
Drake is competing at the State Fair against other dogs, goingfor the longest jump into the water.
"If I can get him to jump, it'd be a lot better."
The dogs, of course, are going after their toys into thewater. But they might be chasing something else, because ironicallythey're at the rabbit and poultry palace.
"Drake's diet mostly consists of poultry and rabbits."
But the competition might be secondary.
Jersey the border collie just wants to take a dip.
"We're not going to go swimming laps are we?"
Jersey enjoys the 5 minute swim and the crowd can't getenough.
"People love watching dogs doing it. The dogs have a blast withit. It goes both ways."
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