Sneak Peek: Wisconsin Valley Fair

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

The Wisconsin Valley Fair is one of the biggest summer events in the Northwoods and one of the top fairs in Wisconsin. With all the exhibits and entertainment at this year's fair, visitors will not be disappointed.

Setup crews got a slow start Monday morning due to the stormy weather earlier in the day. That forced them to work fast that afternoon when the skies cleared. They should be ready to go for Tuesday's opening.

"Some people normally would've set up [Tuesday] morning, but I think they took the weather out of play and said, 'Nah, I'd rather be set up," says Jayme Buttke, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Valley Fair.

New fair features this year include an agriculture exploration tent, reserved seating at the grandstand shows, and a "Kids' Day" on Saturday. Paired with old fair favorites, there's something that will please everyone.

"We've been trying different things for somebody of every age, and we just hope that they take advantage and come and see the fair if they haven't been here before," Buttke says.

The Wisconsin Valley Fair gets underway at noon on Tuesday, and the rides open at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, the fair opens at 10 a.m. and the rides start up at noon.

Admission is $9 between noon and 9 p.m. and $5 before noon and after 9 p.m. You can also get a $20 pass that will let you into the fair at any time. Kids 12 and under get in free.

For a complete list of attractions and entertainment, you can call (715) 261-1539 or log on to