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Planning to attend the Wisconsin Valley Fair? Here’s what you need to know

Events, and their economic impact, are coming back to the Chippewa Valley.
Events, and their economic impact, are coming back to the Chippewa Valley.(WEAU)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 8:27 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - For more than 150 years, people have been flocking to Marathon Park each summer for the annual Wisconsin Valley Fair. The 6-day event features food, entertainment, carnival rides, and agricultural exhibits. Fair organizers canceled the fair in 2020, due to the pandemic and COVID-19 precautions.

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The fair begins Tuesday. Carnival rides start at 5 p.m., however, the 4-H events begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday’s grandstand entertainment is Vic Ferrari. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free to attend with the purchase of the fair admission ticket. There will be a fireworks display after the show.

Wristbands are available for purchase Wednesday through Sunday. The cost is $30 at the fair. A wristband allows a person unlimited rides on the carnival rides for that day.

The grandstand lineup has been announced for the 2021 Wisconsin Valley Fair.
The grandstand lineup has been announced for the 2021 Wisconsin Valley Fair.(Wisconsin Valley Fair)

Wednesday, the fair opens at 1 p.m. 4-H exhibits begin at 8:30 a.m. Root’n’Boots will perform at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are still available for that show. Cost is $25. Click here to purchase tickets.

The fair will also open at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. In addition to animal judging, the popular cheese carving contest will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday. NewsChannel 7′s Emerson Lehmann is one of the contestants. At 7:30 p.m. Randy Houser will perform.

Friday, animal judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pig, duck and goat races will be held at 1 p.m, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ezra Ray Hart will perform at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are still available. Click here to purchase tickets.

On Saturday and Sunday, carnival rides will begin at noon. The rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The draft horse show is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Carnival rides begin at noon on Sunday. The demolition derby is at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fair admission tickets purchased before noon are $6, and after noon are $9. Kids 10 and under are free. Parking admission is a separate cost and does not allow for re-entry.

The Wisconsin Valley Fair is held at Marathon Park, located at 1201 Stewart Ave in Wausau.

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