THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Attendance Down at Fair, But Considered Successful
Rain was to blame for attendance being down at the 2017 Marinette County Fair, according to Jessica Markiewicz, fair board member. It rained Saturday and all day Sunday, but despite that, over 23,000 people attended the four day event.
A total of 38 animals were sold at the youth livestock auction on Friday night and a whopping $118,040.50 was raised for youth exhibitors thanks to the generosity of many local businesses and individuals. This year kids were able to sell one animal through the auction due to the many that entered.
The soggy weather didn't dampen spirits, she said. Volunteers did the best they could to hold all events, regardless of weather. The Saturday night Truck and Tractor pull was still able to take place but Sunday's grandstand events, the horse pull and UTL wrestling were cancelled due to rain.
But sometimes there is improvisation. For example, the Pedal Tractor Pull was still held on Sunday morning. Normally that is an outdoor event, but thanks to some 4-H dads, they were able to make a "pulling track" in the show barn so it was able to be held indoors. Everyone pulled together and helped out, Markiewicz added.
One of the most talked about events at the fair was the livestock costume contest that was held Saturday night. Any exhibitor with an animal at the fair could participate.There were chickens, sheep, goats, cattle, all in the ring at the same time. This year's theme was "Formal". Markiewicz added, "the credit for this event goes to Lily Charapata. She's a youth exhibitor who asked the fair about holding the costume contest, and she coordinates the event every year and does a great job."
Austin Carter took first place in the 2017 Demolition Derby contest and his dad, Kevin Carter captured 2nd place.