Record Year at the Fair?

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Most of these cows are at home in their own barns now after looking their best all week long for the judges at the Wisconsin Valley Fair.

While these bovines are by no means miniature, they're only one reason why people seem to love the fair so much.

"The food, the stuff," said one fairgoer.

"I like the animals. I like the rabbits," added another fairgoer.

"I like to eat," said another.

Whether it was the food, the animals or the rides, plenty of people made their way to the fair this year. Organizers say this is the best turnout they've had in the past five years.

So why is the fair so popular?

Well, organizers say it's because of the variety. There's everything from felines to Ferris wheels to please just about every taste at the fair.

To add to that variety, the fair's committee made some changes to things this year. Most notably was the cost of admission that was reduced for those who arrive early in the day or purchase season passes, and the addition of a kids' day and the agriculture experience also helped boost attendance.

"There was just something here for everybody this year, with the little changes that we did and then the weather was just the icing on the cake," said Jayme Buttke, Wisconsin Valley Fair executive secretary.

In the past five years, the fair averaged about 175,000 people for the week. This year, Buttke says that number may be well over 200,000.

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