25,000 Attend Marinette County Fair Aug. 21-25
Attendance at the Marinette County Fair Aug. 21-25 was down about 5,000 from last year, according to Fair Board Secretary Lisa Witak. She said evening attendance was superior, but felt there were fewer daytime fairgoers than usual due to rain or threatening rain. Nevertheless, the 4-day annual event, now in its 87th consecutive year at Wausaukee, drew crowds totaling about 25,000 to ride the rides, admire the exhibits, and otherwise enjoy games, food and fun.
Highlight of Thursday evening was coronation of Rebecca Wickman as Fair Queen, with Morgan Furton as runner-up. Carnival rides were opened, and there was face to face judging of entries in numerous categories.
On display throughout the duration of the Fair were prepared foods, floral, fruit and vegetable displays, photographs, handiwork of all sorts, including some incredible woodworking achievements, and live animals in the livestock barns, mostly shown by proud young owners.
Anyone interested in entering the fruits of their labors in next years fair should contact the Marinette County Extension or any Fair Board member for more information and start working toward a Blue Ribbon now. Participation is open to almost anyone who wants to compete.
For all four days of the Fair there were carnival rides and games, educational displays, food and drink stands, side entertainment, live camels, pony rides, unique merchandise for sale, and live entertainment.
Grandstand attractions included the farm tractor pull, truck and tractor pulls, super modified truck and tractor pull, and the always popular demolition derby. On Sunday, a new attraction - Donkey Races - proved to be fun for people of all ages. Witak said that event has been tagged a must return for next years fair. On Sunday also, youngsters with pedal tractors in various sizes and configurations engaged in some enthusiastic competition in the pedal tractor pull.
The day by day schedule included:
Thursday: carnival, coronation of the queen and runner-up, Kenny Ahern performances, lawnmower pull at the Grandstand, and Concert Sound DJ.
Friday: Numerous animal judgings; carnival rides and fun, performances by Jared Sherlock, Chicago Honey Bear Dancers, Daze 2 Nights, and Kenny Ahern; youth livestock auction and farm tractor pull.
Saturday: More animal judgings, carnival, horse speed show, demolition derby at the grandstand, super modified truck and tractor pull, Kenny Ahern performances, and live music and performances by Jared Sherlock, Chicago Honey Bear Dancers, James Wedgwood, Chuck Johnson, and Nashville Pipeline.
Sunday: Still more carnival, horse fun day and horse pull, kiddie pedal tractor pull, raffle drawings, the donkey races, and presentations of trophies and awards in the show barn. There was live entertainment by Kenny Ahern, Jared Sherlock and James Wedgwood.
Witak said the Marinette County Fair raffle was a huge success, with businesses donating over $1,500 in prizes.
First and second prize of a quarter of beef donated by Meatskis went to Amanda Rader and Dorothy Vandenlangenberg. Third and fourth prizes of half a hog donated by Meatskis were won by Shelly Buch and Wally Hitt.
Fifth prize was a beef box donated by Meatski's and won by Cortezz Place. Sixth prize was a $25 Exxon gift certificate awarded to Hunter Swanson. Seventh prize of $25 Sal's Foods gift card went to Joe Mireles.
Eighth and ninth places were two home grown chickens donated by Vieth's Hobby Farms and won by Erik Eskildsen and Jim Markiewicz. The 10th place was a hammock donated by Rymer Heating and won by Debbie Mussel.
Eleventh prize was a Brita water pitcher donated by Walmart and won by Angie Furton. The Fair Association thanks everyone who purchased tickets for the raffle and the businesses who donated prizes. Anyone wishing to donate to the 2015 raffle can contact the fair office at 715-856-5021.
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