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Editorial: Make going to fair a must

It's county fair time again--time to enjoy "The Best Four Days of Summer," as this year's fair bills itself.

People from throughout Pierce County should consider attending this event because it involves everyone countywide, not just Ellsworth residents. The fair and the fairgrounds are valuable county assets, deserving the support of all.

Most activities begin Thursday, Aug. 9, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 12, on the grounds, though there are pre-fair highlights, including the motocross which was held July 27 and the pre-fair lineup on Wednesday, Aug. 8. It's apparent a lot of thought and planning went into what the fair has to offer.

Beyond that, a tip of the hat is due to the dedicated staff making these facilities and several entertainment outings possible. Not just the fair, but local attractions such as the Ellsworth Polka Festival, Beldenville Old Car Club Show, Pierce County ACS Run/Walk and many other 4-H and animal exhibits, safety shows and the like benefit from their efforts. The place will only be a county jewel as long as caring employees remain committed to their work.

The backing of the public is important, too. None of these festivals and shows can happen without their input. Moreover, taxpayers through their government representatives make the contributions needed to preserve the fairgrounds mechanism.

Why are the fair days the best four days? They provide an opportunity to gather and renew acquaintances, get an idea of the talent that's out there, plus join in a special social experience. The community takes a break from its everyday routine to socialize and be entertained. That's a great way to become revitalized.

Of course, fair goers will find the traditional features: the carnival, food, music, certain days dedicated to veterans and senior citizens, and more. Unlike most celebrations, however, the fair presents animal exhibits and judging, horse pull, tractor pull, truck pull, garden tractor pull, demo derby, livestock auction and other specialties. There are also exotic animals, pony rides, a rural electrification program, interactive game shows, chain saw carving demonstrations, magic shows, clowns and comedians, talent shows, vocal performers, "Little Dairymen" show, horse vs. horsepower and much else.

The participating area 4-H clubs add an especially interesting touch. 4-Hers are behind many of the activities, with members displaying their best work and talents. A total of 22 clubs exist in the county, with the biggest concentrations in the northwest and central parts, besides the representation along the north, east and south sides.

Exhibits at the fair showcase adult crafts and activities; for example, floral arrangements, container gardening and houseplants, home furnishings, knitting and crocheting, mechanical projects, woodworking, cultural arts, photography, foods and nutrition and clothing--a chance for attendees to see what their friends and neighbors have created in the past year.

Admission to the fair is reasonable and parking is free. The exhibition has been going for 129 years, plenty long for organizers to have gotten it right. For more information, go to