Northern Wisconsin State Fair tries out Tuesdays again with a preview night

2013-07-07T10:00:00Z Northern Wisconsin State Fair tries out Tuesdays again with a preview nightBy ROD STETZER | Chippewa Herald

The carnival rides and grandstand entertainment will not start until Wednesday. But for the first time in several years, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair is starting on a Tuesday night.

Fair Executive Director Rusty Volk calls the session from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday a fair preview, with $3 admission for fairgoers age 12 and older.

The preview is intended to get people to come out and enjoy the fair, and to make sure fair employees are prepared when the fair kicks into full gear Wednesday.

“The carnival is still setting up and we wanted to direct people away from the carnival area,” Volk said.

That’s OK, because there will be plenty of activities elsewhere. For example, a panel of local media will judge the food from fair vendors. They will crown the best fried food; sandwiches; deserts and beverages.

North American Midway Carnival will also announce a new ride it is bringing to the fair, Volk said. And the five Fairest of the Fair candidates will be announced.

Plus there will be musical entertainment in the fairgrounds tap beer garden.

Wednesday’s official start of the fair features the legendary country group, the Oak Ridge Boys, playing in the grandstand at 8 p.m.

“Ticket sales are very brisk at this time for the Oak Ridge Boys. If you want to see them, you best try to get a reserved seat,” Volk said.

Reserved seats for the nightly grandstand acts are $15. A $20 combo for fair admission and a reserved seat is available from the fair’s website,

Other grandstand acts include: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jerrod Niemann; 8 p.m. Friday, Randy Houser; 8 p.m. Saturday, Grand Funk Railroad; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Hyland.

Volk said a new attraction at the fair this year is a zip-line—a pulley suspended on a cable. People are placed in a harness and hang on for a ride that covers 90 feet.

The zip-line is located near the main entrance of the fair, Volk said.

The fair will also hold various contests, including ones for milk drinking, Hula Hoop-ing, karaoke and pie eating.

The popular Swifty Swine racing pigs will return.

The fair’s talent show will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. A  teen dance will be held at 9:30 p.m. A DJ will provide the music and Big Brothers and Big Sisters will provide the chaperones.

In the AgVenture tent, there will be vegetable races, and fairgoers will have the opportunity to milk a mechanical cow.

Thursday night will be the annual animal auction. And in the Outdoor Life Building throughout the fair, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College will provide demonstrations for prospective students.

On Friday at 12:30 p.m., the finals of the Fairest of the Fair contest will take place.

Parking and admission to the fairgrounds on Sunday will be free until 11 a.m. so people can attend a  10:30 a.m. non-denominational worship service five churches are holding in the grandstand area.

There is also an antique tractor parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

People attending Sunday who bring a canned food item will receive a $1 food coupon that’s redeemable at fair food stands. Cash donations will also be accepted.

The donations will go to Feed My People, which supplies area food banks. Volk said a $1 donation helps Feed My People  to get 10 pounds of food.

The goal of fairs nationwide is to collect 20 million  pounds of food for the hungry.

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(11) Comments

  1. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 09, 2013 2:20 pm
    Pull the greed out on my what? People continue to complain about the fees when all they have to do is not go, simple answer. This company is a non-profit, so it's not lining the pockets of anyone, only making money to make the fair better. I haven't seen any decent changes, but eventually there should be. My point is that if you don't want to pay the prices, don't go. I'm not greedy and I don't know where in the heck that came from, other than you being greedy wanting it for free. That is greedy.
  2. petergriffin
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    petergriffin - July 09, 2013 2:14 pm
    Pull the greed out of your a$$, It already is next to pure profit, lowering entry fees and not having this asinine fee for tuesday wouldn't even hurt 'them'
  3. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - July 09, 2013 8:16 am
    Here's an easy solution, don't go. If you don't agree with the charges, don't pay them.
  4. welly
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    welly - July 08, 2013 5:29 pm
    Well said. Let's just hope that whoever made this poor decision reads what people think of it.
  5. petergriffin
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    petergriffin - July 08, 2013 2:38 pm
    I may just have to do that now, saving $20 on just entry fees for my wife and I at the Chippewa fair, pretty outrageous, especially like you said there paying out next to nothing considering...
  6. petergriffin
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    petergriffin - July 08, 2013 2:36 pm
  7. DWS1984
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    DWS1984 - July 08, 2013 1:21 pm
    Didn't the fair use prison labor to update many of there buildings and didn't they use tax payer owned equipment to update there roads?

    Hmmm.......... looks like they should be having a taxpayer appreciation day.

    How can something this expensive be family freindly?

    If you want to do something this weekend that will not break the bank Cadott is having there Neighbor Days..........FREE admision all the time! $3.00 cheese curds, good local bands, cheep rides for the little kids, free milk and $2.50 beer.
  8. billy holiday
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    billy holiday - July 08, 2013 12:38 pm
    How sad that they're charging for a "preview" night. This has always been a free night to come in and check things out. The kids eye up which rides that can't wait to get on, the parents get a chance to check out some of the buildings without hearing the kids whine about getting on the rides. Even though it's only $3/person - this is very disappointing. We're already paying when we enter on one of the other days. This is greedy. How very disappointing. If you're going to charge for a "preview" night - then maybe you should give a discount voucher to enter on one of the other days. This is absurd and GREEDY!
  9. petergriffin
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    petergriffin - July 08, 2013 10:23 am
    It has always been open on Tuesday, so people can walk around and get some fair foods, now their charging to get in on Tuesday?! This is ridiculous, people are already coming in spending money on what they can... I don't care if it's only $3 it's pure greed
  10. Bob-JimFalls
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    Bob-JimFalls - July 07, 2013 7:15 pm
    In the 1960s, 1970s, the fair opened on a Tuesday and ran through the Sunday. Why one less day? Just cuious.
  11. welly
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    welly - July 07, 2013 4:34 pm
    Really? So since you are charging for admittance, the start date on the fair sign is incorrect? Not good.
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