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Pierce County Fair offers summer 'Slice of Wisconsin'

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life River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Summer’s short enough in the Badger State without an uncharacteristically cool start like the one this past June and a downright cold snap late last month. So it’s understandable if area residents want to take advantage of every opportunity to be outdoors in summerlike weather as the season wanes. Should they be able to be entertained at the same time, it’s all the better.

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They can get their “Slice of Wisconsin” by attending the Pierce County Fair this Thursday through Sunday at the fairgrounds on Ellsworth’s northwest side. The “slice”—this year’s fair theme—promises animals, exhibits, music, comedy, food, talent and fun.

New to the features for the fair’s 130th year are a social garden Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., a combine cab simulator which fair goers can “drive” and a pony pull in the grandstand Thursday at 4 p.m. Those through the gates are encouraged to bring canned items or monetary donations for “Dream Big,” the food drive competition against fairs statewide, benefiting food shelves in the county.

As usual, there will be special days, such as Senior Citizens’ Day on Friday and Salute to Veterans on Sunday. The former offers a discount for people ages 62 and up, while the latter admits veterans for free. The Most Admired Senior Citizen is on Friday’s schedule; a Veterans Ceremony is on Sunday’s.

Then there’s this Wednesday, with its pre-fair slate. Junior and open rabbit judging will be in the silver barn at 8:30 a.m., as will junior and open poultry judging. The judging to go on in the Seyforth Building at 9 a.m. will involve junior cultural arts (selected classes only).

From noon to 8 p.m., the entry of non-animal exhibits occurs and the entry of animal exhibits (dairy, beef, swine and horse) happens from 5 to 9 p.m. Judging in the lower Round Barn opens at 5 p.m., with open cut flowers, arrangements, container gardening and houseplants, and open natural science dominates judging in the home economics building at 5:30 p.m.

Although Wednesday’s admission is free, gate charges apply thereafter. The rest of the four-day lineup follows.

For more please read the August 7 print version of the Herald. 

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