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Fair Was A Success; County Is Promoting Fall Color Tour

Issue Date: September 9, 2020

The Marinette County Fair held from Thursday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 30 in Wausaukee was again a big success. Despite coronavirus concerns, attendance was about 20,000 - only about a thousand less than in 2019, according to a report presented to Marinette County Board's Development Committee at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

A written report prepared by Fair Board Secretary Lisa Witak said there was rain on Friday, but fairly good weather for the rest of the weekend.

Witak's report, presented to the committee by Land Information Director Greg Cleereman, said there had been some people who contacted the board prior to the Fair with complaints that it was going on, "...the majority of people were happy to have it continue in 2020. The gate workers informed us that lot of people coming in said "Thank you for having the Fair this year,'" Witak reported, adding that many exhibitors and other fairgoers expressed the same sentiment to board members and volunteers throughout the weekend.

She said the biggest hit of this year's fair was the Sea Lion Splash Show from California, which was a last minute addition. The show had been at the Brown County Fair the prior weekend and were to be at the Shawano Fair the following weekend, so they were available for Marinette County Fair on the weekend in between.

"Overall, the fair was a success and there were no major problems during the fair," Witak reported. "The board did note that with many vendors (food and other items) having bigger exhibits and bigger campers, the electric service at the fairgrounds will have to be improved.

The Fair Board will meet at 7 pm. Wednesday, Sept. 9 to discuss and possibly act on a fall vendor festival and horse show, and to accept the resignation of a fair board member. The group had been meeting almost weekly prior to the fair and put in numerous hours of volunteer work as well.

County Board Chair John Guarisco who was present for the Development Committee meeting, said he felt the biggest improvement at this year's fair was a new carnival. he said the rides were well maintained, and the carnival workers were all masked and in uniform, and he saw many of them wiping things down between rides.Guarisco has been regularly attending Fair Board meetings.

Also at the Development Committee meeting Jennifer Short, head of the newly created Marinette County Tourism and Economic Development Department, unveiled a brand new Fall Colors promotion being prepared by herself and her assistant, Autumn Rockhill. She shared copies of a flyer promoting a driving tour of particular beauty spots from Dave's Falls in Amberg to Goodman and McClintock Parks, the Thunder Mountain Overlook and ending at Veteran's Falls on county W west of Crivitz.

She said if people stop to walk around and enjoy the sites the tour will take about five hours, and hopefully visitors will stop to buy lunch, gas and other necessities. Admission to all sites is covered by purchasing a single $5 Marinette County Parks admissions pass for the day.

Committee members present were Farm Services Representative Mary Noll; County Supervisors Ted Sauve (chair), Clancy Whiting, Penny Chaikowski, Robert Holley, and Thomas Mandli. Supervisor Bonnie Popp participated via phone.

Also present were Guarisco, Cleereman, Short, Parks Director Allyson Bickel; Nancy Crevier for UWEX; Aleta DiRienzo for LID-LWC; County Administrator John Lefebvre; Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison, Rockhill, and representatives of the media.

The committee unanimously approved a motion to recommend that County Board authorize Cleereman to apply for a WDNR Lake Monitoring and Protection Network grant in the amount of $19,934.19, and administer the project if the grant is awarded.

They also recommended that County Board authorize Cleereman to apply for a Natural Resources Damage Assessment grant in the amount of $348,856, and administer that program if the grant is approved.


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