Editorial: Don't miss the county fair
The Pierce County Fair is almost here and everyone in this area should consider attending this major summer event, which involves people from throughout the county.
In its 128th year, the fair's a grand event with something for everybody. Most activities begin Thursday, Aug. 11, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 14, at the fairgrounds in Ellsworth. It's not the "Ellsworth Fair," as fair goers will find communities countywide represented in many of the attractions.
The present group of fair organizers has a lot of combined experience--the knowledge and know-how to get it right. Credit must be given to all of the volunteers, too, without whom four-plus days of displays, entertainment, food and fun wouldn't be possible. Then there are the participants, providing the action intended to delight spectators, bringing this discussion about recognition back to the importance of having the area public be present.
The fair encompasses both the expected and unexpected. It includes items often found at community celebrations, such as a carnival, music, tributes and competitions.
Also incorporated into the fair and not typically offered elsewhere are the following: animal exhibits and judging, plant, homemaker and craft exhibits and judging, livestock auction and more. There will be shows appealing to kids as well as adults, professional entertainers, comedians, magicians, hypnotists--the list goes on and on, beginning each late morning and continuing late into each evening.
What makes the county fair special, however, is the involvement of hometown folk. They're the essence of the always-popular talent shows. 4-Hers from over 20 clubs here join in many of the activities, and members display their best work and talents for all to see. Truck pullers, tractor pullers, horse pullers, demo derby and garden tractor drivers compete before friends and neighbors to determine who will win prizes and who's the most powerful.
By all means, enjoy the midway, but venture beyond to discover what equipment, goods and services others from not far over the back yard fence want to showcase. Look for the best this area's artisans can produce in sewing, quilting, photography, from farm and garden, home and office. Skills held by this vicinity's population will seem virtually endless.
Get a preview on Wednesday, Aug. 10, by witnessing a day's worth of judging--everything from rabbits to poultry, foods to flowers are on the schedule. On Thursday, Aug. 11, take part in a "Salute to Veterans," then let the fun and games begin as the fair gets going in earnest. On Friday, Aug. 12, learn who the Most Admired Senior Citizens are on "Senior Citizens Day," but the lineup proves there's no need to slow down. The same is true for the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, when the fair's promise is bound to peak.
Anyone seeking something to do in the last full month of summer needs to check out the Pierce County Fair. Although this year's fair theme is "Let the Fun Rain Down!," even in inclement weather, this exposition is sure to shine.
For more information, find the fair on Facebook "Pierce County Fair and Fairgrounds (WI)" or check out the newly expanded web-site www.co.pierce.wi.us/fair/fair_main.html.