SAUK CITY (WKOW) -- Sauk County needs to dip into reserve chips due to the lack of cow chips this year.
That's right, the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival is facing a shortage. Each year, approximately 300 people come to the festival to toss the flattened, dried cow manure, or cow chips, in Prairie du Sac. The event itself attracts 40,000 spectators.
The hot, dry summer last year caused the grass to brown and cattle to stay near their barn for food and to keep cool. With that, manure in the pasture wasn't able to dry and flatten in the sun.
This year's wet spring dissolved the manure.
Marietta Reuter, chairwoman of the Cow Chip Throw, says the event will go on this weekend as they have three barrels of reserve chips.
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