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Fair Board Interested In Owning Old Library

Issue Date: May 11, 2022

At meetings in March and April, Wausaukee Village Board discussed the future of the old library building located on Cedar Street at the main entrance to the fairgrounds and partly on Fair property. Options considered by the board included tearing it down and offering it to the Marinette County Fair Association. Decision was to offer it to the Fair Association, and at its meeting on Tuesday, April 26 the Fair Board unanimously agreed to pursue ownership of the building.

At its meeting on April 18 the village board had agreed that Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen should contact Fair officials and ask if they are still interested in obtaining the building. Village Board members agreed they were willing to give it to them, since tearing it down will be costly. If the Fair Association had no interest, Pullen was to gather quotes for razing the structure, which is reportedly in somewhat poor shape.

At the village board meeting, Trustee Steve Stumbris recalled the old library building once was the school lunch room, and was moved to the fairgrounds property in 1969, when it was converted into a library. It consists of one large room and two restrooms.

The next meeting of the Fair Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the Fair Grounds in Wausaukee.

Present for the April 26 meeting were Sandy Kempka, Lisa Witak, Jessica Markiewicz, Chris Vieth, Dave VanDeWalle, Doug Witak, Sam Reierson, Rich Kempka, Karin Adams-Marinette County Library, Shirley Kaufman, Tim Pelzek, Caroline Pelzek, Steve Henseler, Julia Lepinski and President Mario Ruiz.

In addition to routine business, they approved offering a free day pass, to be used any one day of the fair in August, as part of the summer reading program library incentive through the Marinette County Library system.

The Building & Grounds committee reported the scale was installed, and storage items such as campers and boats, could be moved out from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

The Gates Committee reported there was no group scheduled to do Gate 4.

Contracts were approved for Tom Camps to handle sound and lights, to have music by Next Myle at the Fair on Saturday of fair, and to hire the Otis Spicoli Band for a special July 2 event.

Contracts were also approved for Janet Van of Pure Romance, Robert Lovig of Riesterer & Schnell, Ranger City Riders, S Concessions, Aurora Carazzo for gyros and lemonade, Pioneer Baptist Church, Sally Huhta, NEW Credit Union, and Immanuel Baptist Church.

The board approved purchasing 100 wall mount bucket hooks from FarmVet for the horse barn.

A number of changes to the premium book as recommended by the Premium Book Committee were approved.

Also approved was a motion by Jessica Markiewicz, seconded by Doug Witak to allow two swine per youth exhibitor, and to have guaranteed butcher lots. It was noted that any swine exhibited above that number may require shipping to Equity Cooperative rather than a butcher shop. There will be no guarantee of any available slots for open exhibitions, and it will still be a terminal show.


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