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Sharks grabbing plenty of attention at the Dubuque County Fair

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Plenty of hopeful 4-H'ers are showing all kinds of animals at this year's Dubuque County Fair, hoping to win that first place blue ribbon.

But in addition to all the cows, sheep and birds at this year's fair, there's another, very unusual animal, garnering a lot of attention at the fair.


Nurse sharks, to be exact.

They're at the fair as part of the Shark Encounter exhibit, a traveling exhibit that features a 5,000 gallon tank and four nurse sharks.

"A lot of people watch Shark Week, and those are great shows, but it's always great white, always tiger sharks, always attacks and blood and gore. And I try to maybe get a little different view of a shark, that they're not all blood and gore type of animals," said Philip Peters, the exhibit's owner.

The sharks are shown off all day at the fair, but are featured in three shows a day to standing room only crowds.

Kylee Mills, a youngster who got the chance to volunteer and eventually get a shark tooth, summed it up in just three words: "It was awesome," she said.

And although it's an unusual exhibit for a county fair, Jamie Blum, the fair's general manager, says it's all part of the plan.

"I think just something new and different brings new and different people. And the folks that have been here before know there's good entertainment, so they want to come back and see what we're doing," she said.

Shark Encounter will be at the fair through it's end on Sunday.  For a listing of performances, visit

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