THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
2020 Marinette County Fair Aug. 27- 30 At Wausaukee
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
At a special meeting Tuesday, June 30, members of Marinette County Fair Board agreed this year's Fair at Wausaukee will run the traditional four days, starting on Thursday, Aug. 27 and ending on Sunday, Aug. 30. Earlier concerns about whether or not the show could go on due to the coronavirus restrictions have been cleared away, and all the essential pieces have been put into place.
This will be a full fair, with exhibits submitted by young and old, animals, new and antique farm equipment, live music, stands selling food, drink, beer, ice cream and various merchandise, a carnival with rides and games, a magician, a new comedy/juggling routine, "Miller and Mike," horse shows, truck, tractor and lawn mower pulls, and the traditional demolition derby. Extra sanitation measures will be in place, including sanitation stations scattered around the Fairgrounds.
There had been worries at last week's Fair Board meeting that their originally scheduled carnival will not be coming this year because so many of their bookings had cancelled, but Rainbow Valley Carnival has now been contracted to fill the gap. The fair Rainbow Valley Carnival generally serves on the final weekend in August is not being held held this year.
Present for Tuesday's meeting were Fair Board members Alexis Hoida, Sandy Kempka, Rich Kempka, Jessica Markiewicz, Dave Van de Walle, Jeff Gaffney, Doug Witak, plus Secretary Lisa Witak and President Mario Ruiz. Marinette County Board Chair John Guarisco, Julia Lepinski, Gail Lesperance and Erika Lesperance also were on hand.
Witak said they still need volunteers (or organizations seeking to boost their treasuries) to help at the gates with parking and ticket booths, and there is space for additional vendors. To volunteer, call Witak at 715-938-4099 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendors may contact Jamie Van de Walle or use the e-mail address.
Individuals wishing to enter exhibits can contact the Extension office at the courthouse for more information, or visit the Marinette County Fair's web page at marinettecountyfair.com.
UWEX is not participating in the Fair this year, so there is no official 4-H presence, but individual 4-H Club members can still enter their projects, Witak said. Extension secretary Nancy Servais will accept entries, distribute premium books, and field phone calls during regular working hours from her office at the courthouse in Marinette but will not be working at the fair office in Wausaukee this year, for the first time in many, many years.
The meat raffle is on. Tickets are available at Meatski's in Pound or from any Fair Board member at $1 per ticket or six for $5.