The Fun Continues Saturday at the Wisconsin Valley Fair

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

The fun continues Saturday at the Wisconsin Valley fair with the Two Mile Fun Run, Tea With The Princess and the Market Animal Show and Sale.

The day at the fair kicked off bright and early at 8:30am with the First Annual Wisconsin Valley Fair Run/Walk.

Over 70 participants hit the pavement, running a two mile long course through the fairgrounds.

Proceeds from the event went to the Marathon County 4-H Youth Action Council.

But organizers say the run is less of a fundraiser and more of a way to get families moving.

As an extra incentive, ribbons were awarded to the top three places in four different age categories.

Second on the day's agenda, Tea With The Princess.

It's a chance for everyone, young and young at heart, to feel like fair royalty.

Tea time is also a chance for kids to meet The Fairest of the Fair.

This year's Fairest of the Fair, Melanie Zernicke, says this tea is more than tiaras and cookies.

It's about reaching out to kids and inspiring them to get involved in their communities.

"It's about getting to know the fair, getting to know The Fairest and getting kids to see all the 4-H projects and explore," Zernicke said.

In addition to cookies and juice, kids got a chance to pick out their own tiara and decorate their own sash.

A few sashes even said "Future Fairest of the Fair."

Finally, it's one fo the biggest events of the fair, the Market Animal Show and Sale.

Marathon County 4-H members proudly paraded their livestock infront of hundreds of spectators and potential buyers in the beef barn.

Even though the goal of the day was to make the sale, the long term affects of the Market Sale are what keep people coming back year after year.

"It basically comes down to the kids. It gives them money to go to school and college. It also helps them get into the farming industry which is huge in Wisconsin," buyer Mike Brickner told NewsChannel 7.

Despite the sale's benefits, it can still be hard for 4-H members to say goodbye to their animals.

"This year I'm attached to my pig. I usually am not, but this year is different. I've spent a lot more time with him than usual. So it's going to be a little harder this year," Morgan Fischer told us about selling her pig.

Typically, animals at the 4-H sale sell for higher than normal rates because of the sale's numerous benefits to the community.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Market Show.

If you were unable to make it to the sale, but want to support Marathon County 4-H you still can.

Many fo the buyers are local business owners.

Support them and you will be supporting 4-H.

The final day of the fair is tomorrow.

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