THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Marinette County Fair Draws Record Crowds Despite Rain
Issue Date: August 29, 2018
Attendance figures for the 2018 Marinette County Fair are not yet finalized, according to Jessica Markiewicz, but Fair Board members stated the fair was a huge success. It is estimated that over 25,000 people attended this year's fair, despite Friday's rain. A huge crowd on Saturday pushed attendance figures over the top according to Markiewicz.
Evening attractions like the Demo Derby drew capacity crowds to the stands which was estimated at over 1200 for the event. The Super Modified truck and tractor pull drew a standing room only crowd of over 1700 people, the largest number of spectators ever. Even though rain dampened Friday's numbers all events were able to run Friday evening.
The popular Youth Livestock Auction tool place on Friday and over $113,000 was paid to the young kids for their animals. The auction is heavily supported by local businesses and this year there were several new first time buyers.
The Fair Board had several new ideas for the 2018 fair that seemed to have worked well. Markiewicz stated, two sandboxes were added to the grounds and small kids really enjoyed them. The Dept. of Natural Resources fish tank was brought back to the fair after being absent for many years. With the help of the Coleman FFA, young fairgoers were able to experience life on a farm with their interactive farm chores event.
A large black canvas was decorated by fairgoers, who were able to leave their own "mark" at the 2018 Fair. Several antique tractors were also on display. A large concrete slab behind the swine barn allowed children to decorate it with sidewalk chalk.
One of the biggest improvements to the fair included making the size of the show arena larger to accommodate the increasing number of cattle being brought to the fair. In addition, Fair Directors, tackled a major remodeling project for the rabbit and poultry barn. The barn was divided to also house the baby animals which freed up more space than the previous location. A pair of emus was a big hit in the barn as well as the baby chick being hatched throughout the weekend.
Lindsey Michalski, the 2018 Marinette County Fair Queen, was crowned on Thursday evening in a ceremony.