No Decision on Central Wisconsin State Fair

Marshfield (OnFocus)- The Central Wisconsin State Fair Board of Directors did not make a decision on whether to hold the fair, but has set a goal of July 7th to make a decision.

There was a discussion on two issues that may come into play when making that decision, the first being guidelines from the Wood County Health Department.

“In talking with the Wood County Health Department, their recommendation today is no mass gatherings,” said Executive Director Dale Christiansen. “Our fair falls under a pretty close definition of a mass gathering (mass gatherings are defined as being more than 25 people). I don’t know how we can pull off the guidelines the health department is asking for.”

Attendance at last year’s fair ranged from 3,284 on Tuesday night to 14,651 on Saturday.

The second issue discussed was financial.

“Our sponsorship dollars that we usually have raised by this point is usually right around $50,000, our sponsorship right now is at $17,000,” said Christiansen. “With the businesses stretched as they are, I don’t see a whole lot of promise in us raising that kind of funding.”

As of now, the festivities will are scheduled to be held from August 25th to August 30th.

This year’s festival is the 118th annual fair in Central Wisconsin, carrying the tradition since 1902.

Some of the featured entertainment scheduled includes the North American Midway Entertainment providing the carnival, and Watershow Productions – High Dive Act.

The grandstand entertainment schedule features Johnny Wad on Tuesday, Chris Kroeze on Wednesday, Hairball on Thursday, Jordan Davis on Friday, a Monster Truck Show on Saturday, and a Demolition Derby on Sunday.

Commercial Vendors, other fair events, and food vendors can be found at


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