Fair is here and it's a milestone year
Believe it or not, but the 125th annual Pierce County Fair is here and the fairgrounds will be the place to be for the next five days.
Animals, carnival rides, 4-H exhibits and food replace working out in the hot sun or being around the house for most fairgoers. It's something to look forward to with the dog days of summer approaching.
People of all ages can find fun with all the rides and food they can imagine. Nothing says fair time more than carnival rides and cheese curds, a food Pierce County knows better than most.
Events and shows highlight the fair and are in abundance. Local talent will be here, along with some entertainment coming in from cities nearby.
Junior and Open Poultry and Rabbit judging begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Poultry/Rabbit Building. There are community talent shows at 4:30 p.m. at the Family Entertainment Tent, which include the cities of River Falls, Spring Valley/Elmwood/Plum City, Prescott and Ellsworth,/Hager City/Bay City/Maiden Rock. At 5 p.m., the Junior and Open Cut Flowers and Arrangements judging starts in the Lower Round Barn. Fairgoers who come on this day will see a fireworks display at dusk.
Admission is free for Wednesday, but there will be a $5 daily charge for the remaining days or one can get a season pass for $10.
It's "Salute to Veterans" day Thursday, with veterans getting admission to the fairgrounds for free.
Judging takes place in the upstairs of the Round Barn at 9 a.m., with the categories of junior photography, knitting and crocheting, home furnishings, child development, booths, school exhibits, and open plant and soil science.
The lower Round Barn will have judging of junior woodworking, electricity and junior open flowers/houseplants.
In the Seyforth Building, there will be judging for junior foods and nutrition, preservation and clothing.
The Home Economics Building will house judging in open natural science, cultural arts, photography, foods and nutrition, clothing, knitting and crocheting and home furnishing.
Judging continues at 10 a.m. in the horse warm-up area for the junior exotic animals.
At 10:30 a.m., the open ceremony for the veterans will start at the gazebo.
11 a.m. will be the start of ride ticket sales. Magician and comedian Lou Lepore will do the first of four shows on this day. He also performs at 1, 3 and 4:30 p.m. He will also perform Friday at 10 a.m., noon, 3 and 5 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and 4 p.m.
KG and the Ranger will perform western music at noon. They are also scheduled to play at 2 and 4 p.m.
Hypnotist Sami Dare of Red Wing will entertain fairgoers at 1 p.m. She also performs at 3 p.m.
Junior and open sheep judging will be at 4 p.m. in the Drewiske Barn.
The highlight of the day is at 6:30 p.m. with the tractor pull at the grandstand.
The D-Boys will perform from 7-10 p.m.
"Senior Citizen's Day" on Friday means seniors, 62-years-old and older, can get into the fair for only $2.
Judging starts early and goes throughout the whole day in the areas of beef, swine, dairy and goat.
Lou Lepore will perform again at 10 a.m., noon, 3 and 5 p.m.
The Most Admired Senior Citizens will be honored for the third year at 10:30 a.m. at the entertainment tent.
Vicky Emerson will show off her talent with shows at 1, 3 and 5:30 p.m.
KG and the Ranger will perform for the second day in a row at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
The 4-H/FFA livestock auction will be held in the Arena Barn at 6:30 p.m.
Sami Dare will perform again at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
The truck pull will be at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.
Judging will take place in dairy at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Arena Barn.
The horse pull starts at 10 a.m. and admission is $1 for ages eight and older.
Talent show finals will be at the family entertainment tent at 11 a.m.
Fairgoers can pay $14 for a hand-stamp that is good for all the carnival rides. They can also be purchased on Sunday for the same price.
Vicky Emerson will perform again at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
The highlight of the day and perhaps the fair is the demolition derby at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.
The final day of the fair Sunday begins with a bang, as the rocket launch at the grandstand is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Beginning at 1 p.m. is the Gopher State Garden Tractor Pull at the grandstand, while the pedal tractor pull starts at 2 p.m. near the Seyforth Building.
Local talent Colleen Raye and family will perform at 2:30. It will be the first time the whole family will perform at the Pierce County Fair.
Each day of the fair, bakeries in Pierce County will donate 125 cupcakes to help celebrate the milestone celebration. Smiling Pelican Bakery on Thursday, Hinck's on Friday, Spring Valley Bakery on Saturday and Bitter Sweet Bakery on Sunday.
Events, entertainment and food will give fairgoers their fair share during the course of the five days, and make the 125th celebration one to remember.