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Barrels of tradition: the St. Croix County Fair

A collection of ribbons suggests MacKenzie Korent and her horse Ginger have enjoyed some success at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 1 / 61
The water undoubtedly felt good to the goats, cattle and 4-Hers alike as youth prepared their animals for the various livestock shows held Thursday, July 17 at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 61
This young lady performs her ballet at Croix Court for the judges as part of the Junior Fair Theater Arts and Music division. (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 61
These boys admire the grand champion dessert winners not long after the judging was completed Thursday in the Open Class Building at the St. Croix County Fairground in Glenwood City. (Photo by Sarah Young) 4 / 61
(Front, from left) Erin Fehlan and Darla Fehlen; (back, from left) Emily Madsen and Brenda Fern. These ladies were ready to dish up delicious homemade goodies and refreshing beverages Thursday, July 17 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of New Richmond booth at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 61
St. Croix County Fair Open Class judges carefully evaluate homemade applesauce during the foods judging Thursday, July 17 in the Open Class Building. (Photo by Sarah Young) 6 / 61
These 4Her’s were busily making ready their French Alpine goats for the Junior Fair Goat Show Thursday evening at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds. Pictured are (from left) Catherine Schurtz with Everlasting; Morgan Kielmeyer with Awakening; and Jacob Schurtz with Echo. (Photo by Sarah Young) 7 / 61
Margaret Ohman of Woodville proudly displays her Grand Champion ribbon and trophy for her beautiful Flowers and Houseplants winner, which included beefsteak begonias, wishbone flowers and ivy. The Open Class judging for this category took place Thursday morning. (Photo by Sarah Young) 8 / 61
Cayden Sunday of Clear Lake apparently “borrowed” his grandma’s straw hat before enjoying a honey sundae Thursday afternoon at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Sarah Young) 9 / 61
This imaginative kids’ kitchen won a Grand Champion woodworking ribbon in the Junior Fair judging. (Photo by Sarah Young) 10 / 61
This handsome llama munches on some hay as fair-goers march by admiring him and his llama friends. This llama comes from Marbil Llamas near Spring Valley. (Photo by Sarah Young) 11 / 61
Judges sort through the open class photography ribbons during the judging process on Thursday, July 17 in the Open Class Building at the fairgrounds. (Photo by Sarah Young) 12 / 61
Pickles the Clown was caught in a photo herself near the midway Thursday afternoon at the St. Croix County Fair in Glenwood City. (Photo by Sarah Young) 13 / 61
Open class home furnishings judge Suzann Smolarek examines entries during the open class judging Thursday morning at the St. Croix County Fair. Entries for home furnishings included everything from latchhooks to intricately stitched quilts. (Photo by Sarah Young) 14 / 61
Think how many stitches are in this stack of quilts awaiting display in the Open Class Buillding at the St. Croix County Fair on Thursday, July 17. (Photo by Sarah Young) 15 / 61
Megan Liddle of True Blue 4-H Club near Hammond finishes drying and spiffing up her Hampshire ram lamb in the sheep barn at the St. Croix County Fair on Thursday, July 17 before the sheep and goat Junior Fair show. (Photo by Sarah Young) 16 / 61
Caleb DeBoer of the Forest Timberwolves 4-H Club bathes Cookies ‘n Cream, a Katahdin sheep, outside the livestock barns in preparation for the Junior Fair Sheep and Goat exhibition Thursday, July 17. (Photo by Sarah Young) 17 / 61
Members of New Richmond’s Dance Explosion complete a routine Friday, July 18 at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 18 / 61
A young competitor in the Dress a Species Contest poses for a photo at The St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 19 / 61
A young competitor in the Dress a Species Contest poses for a photo at The St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 20 / 61
Competitors await the judge’s decision during the Dress a Species Contest Friday, July 18 at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 21 / 61
A young competitor saddles up her goat for the Dress a Species Contest at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 22 / 61
Law enforcement is the theme embraced by this young competitor for the Dress a Species Contest at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 23 / 61
Outstanding Older Adult Award Ceremony participants included nominees, royalty and county employees. (From left) Helen Stoltz-Wood; Edmund Velaski; Carol Vogruba; St. Croix County Administrator Pat Thompson; Dolores “Dolly” Donovan; Abigail Lingenfelter; Rachel Kromrey; Sophia Anderson; Kaitlyn Riley; Aging and Disability Resource Center Administrator Brad Beckman; Roland “Pete” Thompson; Sharon Ammerman; Tracy Davis and Fred Johnson. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 24 / 61
Roland “Pete” Thompson of Deer Park and Sharon Ammerman of Somerset shared the award for Outstanding Older Adult at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 25 / 61
Megan Timmerman of Baldwin and her llama Amos hope to take home a little hardware at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 26 / 61
Joyce Wynveen of Baldwin spent four years making her quilt which won her the Grand Champion’s ribbon at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 27 / 61
Cows and pigs aren’t the only winners at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 28 / 61
Members of New Richmond’s Dance Explosion complete a routine Friday, July 18 at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 29 / 61
Kaiah Krueger competes in the Kiddie Tractor Pull Friday, July 18 at the St. Croix County Fair. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)30 / 61
Carson Prudhon of Spring Valley sports a daring new hairdo at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 31 / 61
Speaking of daring hairdos. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 32 / 61
Dylan Wachter (right) and Nathan Fehlen (left) take advantage of a cow couch, Sara, in between competitions at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 33 / 61
Eva Doornink escorts Esther to the milking station at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)34 / 61
Stephanie McCluskey performs a little cow grooming on Lime at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 35 / 61
Emma Olson and Beeper await their turn to compete in the Gymkhana event at the St. Croix County Fair Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 36 / 61
A group of men and one little boy help the Splatter sisters show the crowd how to dance during the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 37 / 61
A kid helps feed the goats at the St. Croix County Fair’s petting zoo exhibit on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 38 / 61
The Milk Buds hook up their horses to pull the Milk Buds cart at the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 39 / 61
A group of kids soar down the big slide at the carnival at the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 40 / 61
Adults and children alike enjoyed all the rides at the St. Croix County Fair carnival on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 41 / 61
The ferris wheel was a popular ride at the St. Croix County Fair carnival on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 42 / 61
A group of children learned how to make cars out of vegetables in order to race them down a track as part of the Veggie Races at the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 43 / 61
A group of kids get ready to have their cows judged at the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 44 / 61
A long line started to form at the St. Croix County Fair carnival ticket booth on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 45 / 61
Fair goers enjoyed the chance to take a seat and sample the food at the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 46 / 61
The St. Croix County Fair carnival filled up with families and children in the early afternoon on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 47 / 61
The Milk Buds circled the fairgrounds of the St. Croix County Fair singing songs for the fair goers to enjoy on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 48 / 61
A pair of children race their veggie cars down a track during the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 49 / 61
The Hasapopoulus Kids made up of Hudson siblings Timothy, 10; Michaela, 8; Jacob, 7; John Peter, 5; and Moses, 4, perform a musical act at the St. Croix County Fair on Saturday, July 19. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 50 / 61
Hope and Joy Turvaville of Bay City perform a comedy act at the St. Croix County Fair Talent Show on Sunday, July 20. The girls earned first place in their category. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 51 / 61
Hannah Koivu of Hudson performs a ballet act at the St. Croix County Fair Talent Show on Sunday, July 20. Koivu also performed a vocal act at the show, with earned her a chance to compete at the Wisconsin State Fair. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 52 / 61
Anna Knutson of Hammond performs at the St. Croix County Fair Talent Show on Sunday, July 20. The played “Chasing Dreams,” which she wrote herself about her friend who will be headed to college. Knutson earned first place in her category. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 53 / 61
Sydney Dumond of Wilson performs an emotional piano and vocal act at the St. Croix County Fair Talent Show on Sunday, July 20. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 54 / 61
The Whitesidewalls stop mid-song on Friday evening to pose for a quick photo. The rock ‘n roll review brought in a good crowd to Croix Court. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson) 55 / 61
“Pickles” the Clown stops along the entrance to the St. Croix County Fair to greet fairgoers and to grab a photo. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)56 / 61
Dale Hudson, pictured in middle wearing cowboy hat, of Baldwin is pictured with his family on Sunday at Croix Court. Hudson is the 2014 recipient of the Living Memorial Award. Hudson was nominated for above and beyond service volunteering at the fair grounds and heading up fair parking during the fair. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)57 / 61
Rachel Kromrey, 2014 St. Croix County Fairest of the Fair, puckers up to kiss a goat held by Caleb DeBoer of the Forest Timberwolves 4-H Club on Sunday, July 20. Through a fundraising challenge, fairgoers put money in ice cream pails for Fair Board members they would like to see kiss a goat. Dean LeMay’s bucket had the most money in it, and he contributed a few extra bucks after challenging Kromrey to kiss the animal as well. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)58 / 61
The 2014 Fairest of the Fair was crowned Thursday evening along with her two junior Fairests and is pictured with the 2013 outgoing royalty. Pictured are: 2014 Fairest Rachel Komrey, 2014 Junior Fairests Abigail Lingenfelter and Sophie Anderson, 2013 Junior Fairest Elana Raimer and 2013 Fairest of the Fair Gabes Rabb. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)59 / 61
Once the mud trucks were done running Saturday evening at the Tiffany events area, people were invited to partake in a foot race through the mud bog for a chance at various prizes. (Photos by Cindy Croes Olson) 60 / 61
‘Six Appeal’ A Capella Singers serenade newly crowned 2014 Fairest of the Fair Rachel Kromrey during their performance Thursday evening at Croix Court. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson)61 / 61

The St. Croix County Fair, held July 16-20 at the fairgrounds in Glenwood City, was rich with traditions new and old this year, including 4-H Junior Fair and Open Class judging; cultural arts exhibitions; musical entertainment; donkey races; the carnival; pony rides; Dairy Olympics; the 4-H centennial birthday celebration; animal shows; delicious fair food and much more.

One special highlight each year is the awarding of the Outstanding Older Adult Award. This year the honor was bestowed upon two worthy individuals: Roland "Pete" Thompson of Deer Park, and Sharon Ammerman of Somerset. Other nominees included Helen Stoltz-Wood of Hudson, Edmund Velaski of Baldwin, Carol Vogruba of New Richmond, and Dolores "Dolly" Donovan of Glenwood City.

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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