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Record gate sales at 2016 Pierce County Fair

This llama was ready for its close-up as visitors strolled past his stall at the Pierce County Fairgrounds Friday morning. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)

ELLSWORTH -- The 133rd annual Pierce County Fair 2016 officially ended Sunday, Aug. 14. The theme this year was “going for the gold,” in conjunction with the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The start of the fair week saw storm damage from a thunderstorm that hit Wednesday night. According to Fair Manager Ann Webb, there was no structural damage to the fairgrounds and the only costs from the storm were “manpower hours.”

Total attendance numbers are not in yet, however Webb said gate sales were “record-high” for Saturday and Sunday, beating out the last seven years. Saturday was the busiest night.

Gate sales were down Thursday and Friday, possibly due to the weather.

This year, there were discounts for attending seniors on Saturday, and a free day for veterans on Sunday; 908 seniors and 222 veterans were recorded.

There were 23 4-H clubs, five FFA chapters, four schools and two youth organizations represented this year as well.

The furthest traveling fair attendee, to Webb’s knowledge, was an exchange student from China.


On the showing side of things, there were 3,380 animals at the fair between 4-H and open class entries. For non-animal exhibits, also between 4-H and open classes, there were 7,533 entries. This totaled 10,913 overall entries, right on par according to Webb who says that yearly entries usually end up being around 8,000 for youth and 3,000 for open entries.


On Aug. 12, it was reported that police assisted EMS at the fairgrounds Round Barn for a medical call. The next day, Aug. 13, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the police, addressed an incident where a male fair-goer allegedly hit a juvenile female with a cane. This allegedly occurred at 10:50 p.m. at the demolition derby.

According to Webb, “nothing major” was brought to her attention at the first aid tent.

Webb concluded that this year’s fair was a success, saying that “considering what mother nature threw at us on Thursday and Friday, overall it was a great fair.”

Naomi N. Lugo

Naomi N. Lugo is a reporter for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.  Lugo's career as a journalist began in Honolulu while receiving her degree in journalism and page design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has experience working as an editor, staff writer, photographer, page designer as well as many other facets under the realm of journalism. She is currently located in Minneapolis, Minn. 

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