As we bring out the grills and gather with family and friends this summer, we are reminded that summer is also the season to enjoy participating and attending a local county fair. County fairs have long been an important part of Wisconsin’s history, providing valuable opportunities for 4-H and FFA youth, as well as activities and events for the entire family and community. Fairs also highlight the vital role that agriculture and rural communities have on our state’s economy.
The success of our county fairs rests on the thousands of youth who exhibit various projects ranging from the traditional dairy, livestock, crops, clothing and foods to the more non-traditional such as computers, rockets, engineering and environmental projects and the many volunteers and community organizations who give generously of their time and energy. County fairs have a significant economic impact with over three million people attending one of Wisconsin’s 76 county fairs in 2011, bringing in an estimated $150 million dollars.
I encourage you to take time this summer to attend a county fair near you. Here are some of the fairs in our area:
- Central Burnett County Fair, Webster, July 12-14th
- St. Croix County Fair, Glenwood City, July 18-22nd
- Dunn County Fair, Menomonie, July 25-29th
- Polk County Fair, St. Croix Falls, July 26-29th
- Pierce County Fair, Ellsworth, August 9-12th
- Burnett County Fair, Grantsburg, August 16-19th
As always, I welcome your feedback and input on state issues. You can contact me through www.harsdorfsenate.com or by calling 1-800-862-1092.