Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Our Northern Wisconsin State Fair offers a nostalgic atmosphere, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy our"park-like"setting filled with clean, safe, hometown hospitality.
For over 100 years the Fair has played a central role in the life of West Central Wisconsin.
The Fair served as one of the earliest forms of "Economic Development" in this part of the state, even before the term became popular.
A "cross-breed" of citizens from all walks of life produced the annual Fair for over 100 years. Farmers, teachers, shop owners, churches, homemakers and youth were all involved instilling tradition, community values and individual pride by exhibiting their talents and achievements each year.
Primarily rural in the 19th Century, Wisconsin promoted the State Fair to advance better state farming practices. Since 1851 to the present, this fair has been held in Southern Wisconsin.
Recognizing the impracticality of entering or attending the Southern Wisconsin State Fair, Chippewa Falls area citizens drafted a charter to create the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Enacted in 1897 by the State of Wisconsin, the fair was to "improve agriculture, horticulture and the mechanical and household arts."
Encompassing a 27 county district, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has played a central role in Northern Wisconsin for over 100 years. To these fairgrounds self-sufficient farming families brought their best efforts in raising chickens, sheep, cows, rabbits, horses and pigs and displayed their horticultural skills in prize pies, breads and canned goods.
As Wisconsin became more urbanized, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair reflected developments in industry and technology from Model Ts to satellite dishes. Today, these fairground buildings still display the best of individual and community achievement in Northern Wisconsin.
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