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If you grew up in rural Wisconsin . . . .

* You know how to polka, but never tried it sober.

* You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.

* You know it is traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping between the reception and wedding dance.

* You know the difference between ‘Green' and ‘Red' farm machinery, and would fight with your friends on the playground over which was better!

* You buy Christmas presents at Fleet Farm or Farm and Fleet

* You spent more on beer & liquor than you did on food at your wedding.

* You hear someone use the word ‘oof-dah' and you don't break into uncontrollable laughter..

* You or someone you know was a ‘Dairy Princess' at the county fair.

* You know that ‘combine' is a noun. ( and you just pronounced it as one)

* You let your older siblings talk you into putting your tongue on a steel post in the middle of winter.

* You think Lutheran and Catholic are THE major religions.

* You know that ‘creek' rhymes with ‘pick'.

* Football schedules, hunting season and harvest are all taken into consideration before wedding dates are set.

* A Friday night date is getting a six-pack and taking your girlfriend shining for deer.

* Saturday you go to your local bowling alley.

* There was at least one, if not several, in your class who had to help milk cows in the morning and/or smelled like it.

* You have driven your car on the lake.

* You can make sense of ‘upnort' and ‘baatree'.

* Every wedding dance you have ever been to has the hokey pokey and the chicken dance.

* Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.

* The local gas station sells live bait.

* At least twice a year some part of your home double as a meat processing plant.

* You think that the start of deer season is a national holiday.

* You actually understand these jokes and you will send your Wisconsin friends here to read them!!!!!

* You can go from using your heater to your air-conditioning and back to you heater in your vehicle and it doesn't phase you.

* Not drinking at any major function (i.e.: baptism, graduation, birthday, funeral, family reunion, class reunion, etc.) is an outrage.

* You've been drinking at major functions (see above) since you were 14 years old ( or younger)!!

* You think everybody else has an accent.

* 60 degrees IS summer weather.

* You know what a “regular” is…and probably are one!

* “Upnort” is any town above 29 for you. (And you understood that!)

* “O-ya” is in your daily vocabulary.

* You or someone you know has a permanent campsite not far from your hometown, and you know all the “permanents!”

* EVERY restaurant has a fish special on Friday nights.

Now, as you all may know, I am from Wisconsin and I relate a little to much to a lot of these. I'm surprised I didn't see anything about auto parts or the wonderful smells (besides cows) that you sometimes encounter!

6 thoughts on “If you grew up in rural Wisconsin . . . .”

  1. I loved your list. I'm a Texas girl but my dad grew up in Wisconson and still has family there, LOTS of them. I loved that you could take the snowmobile trails to all the bars. LOL Even though I was only 10ish nobody even cared I was at the bar with my dad.

  2. I'm a Utah girl but those were still pretty funny! Here is a few about Utah – You know it has to be a Utan when you're getting tailgaited for going the speed limit, and when that same person races you to the next red light. Thanks for the laughs.

  3. Hey, I just read this blog post and it is so true what you said about Fleet Farm. I grew up in Menomonie, and we always did our shopping for Christmas at Fleet Farm. They actually had like a Toys'R Us Selection. It was a treat to have it open each year. After I moved back to Menomonie from Minneapolis a few years ago, I was out buying my five year old son a John Deere Toy Tractor from Fleet Farm. Thanks for the post!

    Menomonie, WI, Fleet Farm

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