Wisconsin Valley Fair

August 1-6, 2017

One of Wisconsin's largest county fairs with daily entertainment, animals, exhibits, and delicious fair food!

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The Wisconsin Valley Fair Board of Directors is excited to announce the 2017 Wisconsin Valley Fairest of the Fair. Katelyn grew up in Wausau, raising sheep at a young age. She will be a junior attending North Dakota State University this fall. Her major is Food Science with a minor in Business Administration. Katelyn’s goal is to create nutritional ice cream nobody feels guilty about eating along with creating new flavors of ice cream.

Throughout her 4-H career, Katelyn was involved in showing sheep, cattle, small animals, dogs, rabbits, as well as participating in the cake revue creating gingerbread houses and the food revue. At the fair she also exhibited in Foods and Nutrition, Photography, and Home Environment projects. She has not only exhibited sheep and cattle at the local level but has been an exhibitor at Wisconsin State Fair for 7 years. She loves trying all of the different food stands at the fair. While cheese curds is her number one choice, her favorite cool treat was getting a snow cone every day at the fair to keep her going after all of the events she has partaken in. Her favorite memory at the fair was being able to show livestock. Being a livestock exhibitor opened up a lot of different opportunities and has led her to great connections.

This year at the fair Katelyn is very excited to be a part of many new activities especially her new Sweet Summer Party that will include Ice Cream! Since she was involved in so many fair competitions, she did not have a lot of time to watch all of the other exhibitors at the fair, which is why this year she is very excited to make every single event! She is very thrilled to represent our fair by attending many community events, visiting schools, daycares, nursing homes, and being involved with the numerous 4-H activities. Katelyn is excited to meet many new people, bring more agriculture education to the community, and attend countless events during the fair! If you are interested in having the Fairest of the Fair speack at your community event please contact the Fair office at 715-261-1539.



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Fair HistoryWausau is the site of the annual Wisconsin Valley Fair, one of the oldest and largest agricultural fairs in Wisconsin. The fair is normally held in early August at Marathon Park, an eighty acre site that was acquired by the Marathon County Agricultural Society in 1867.

The first Wisconsin Valley Fair was held in Marathon Park in 1868, only twenty years after Wisconsin received statehood. In 1920, the land was deeded by the Marathon County Agricultural Society to Marathon County.

That same year, Alexander Eschweiler, a Milwaukee architect, was commissioned to design a new stock judging pavilion, grandstand and cattle barns for the park. The judging pavilion is located in the southeast corner of Marathon Park and consists of an octagonal-shaped building with cupola, and adjoining barns with gable roofs. In 2002, the original grandstand bleachers were replaced by a new amphitheater area with 4,000 permanent seats and a total capacity of nearly 10,000.

The tallest building in Marathon Park is an exhibition building that was designed by the firm of Oppenhamer & Obel and built in 1924. Located between the judging pavilion and the grandstand, the building consists of a hexagonal-shaped building, with cupola, from which radiate six rectangular wings with gable roofs.

Between two of the Exhibition Building wings is the S. Horgan Farm Museum which houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the agricultural history of Marathon County. The museum is normally open by appointment in the summer months (for dates and times, contact the Marathon County Parks Department at 715-261-1550).

On the east side of Marathon Park near the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County is an 1895 school house. Formerly located in the town of Stettin, this one-room school house was relocated to the park in 1963. It is now used in the "Little Red School House Museum" program of the Marathon County Historical Society.

Along the north side of Marathon Park is Stewart Avenue which is also State Highway 52. From the park's main entrance, you will turn right and take Highway 52 East through the City of Wausau. In the 1850's, the town of Wausau and the "wilderness" that surrounded the City of Wausau started near what is now the intersection of Highway 52 and County Highway Z on the city's near east side.

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The Wisconsin Valley Fair is a six-day event in Wausau, WI. We are one of the largest county fairs in Wisconsin with average attendance of approximately 150,000 people. We feature free nightly stage entertainment on Tuesday-Saturday with paid admission onto the fairgrounds. Sunday we have a Draft Horse show and Demolition Derby.

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