The Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield offers musical, family fun

MARSHFIELD – There will be pig races, children’s activities, a carnival, live music and all the fair food you can eat when the 119th Central Wisconsin State Fair begins Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

This year’s fair is celebrating Marshfield’s 150th birthday along with 100 years of the Wood County 4-H program. “Traditions are treasured and memories are made” is the slogan that resonates throughout the week.

“For this year’s fair we’re focusing a lot on family, and we’re focusing on history,” said executive director Dale Christiansen.

This translates into non-stop, free family fun.

The family entertainment tent is full of entertainment. Check out the fair’s best dressed cows on Tuesday evening. Watch the ducks and pigs trotting down the racetrack each day. Nick’s Kids and Barnyard Show will be on stage daily for family singing, dancing and games. Musical guests include Wisconsin-based singing duo The Memories, Nashville recording artist Red Higgins, country group Diamonds and Whiskey and Christian artist Brendan Brook.

Exhibit numbers at the 119th Central Wisconsin State Fair are up this year.  Entrants compete in several categories to win ribbons.

Head to the barns for Animal Overload, where goats, chickens, cats and more compete for the best performance. Browse skills on display in art, woodworking, photography and knitting, just to name a few. Last year alone the Junior Show had over 1,000 entries, and this year the number of exhibitors has increased.

“That’s something we’d like to see,” Christiansen said. “It shows the community’s involvement.”

Wisconsin history and treasures will be featured in the Wonders of Wisconsin exhibit in the Hockey Building. Visitors can learn about the state’s history, agriculture and nature. Play a round of “Guess the Cheese” on Saturday while the dairy industry is on display.

Mr. Ed's Magical Midway will offer more than 20 rides and attractions during the 119th Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield.  The carnival will be open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

New to the fair this year is Mr. Ed’s Magical Midway. With more than 20 rides and attractions, thrills are guaranteed. Carnival comes alive on Wednesday afternoons. It will be open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the carnival will not be sold online this year, but daily carnival specials will be offered throughout the week. Find details on the fair website.

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