Fair attendance strong despite heat, mudDespite some rain and hot temperatures, the St. Croix County Fair drew large crowds and was a successful event.
By: By Emily Miels, New Richmond News
Despite some rain and hot temperatures, the St. Croix County Fair drew large crowds and was a successful event.
“I think the weather had a little bit of an impact, but after the weather cleared we had awesome crowds,” said St. Croix County Fair President Gail Maier. “It was a really good weekend.”
Mud and mugginess were the biggest obstacles that the fairgoers and volunteers faced this year, according to Maier.
“It kind of put a damper on things, but overall it didn’t seem to stop people from coming and enjoying the fair,” Maier said.
Maier said the carnival saw an increase in the number of people riding rides and playing the carnival games.
“The carnival people were very pleased,” Maier said. “Their numbers were up this year.”
All the rides and games were provided by Earl’s Rides, a local family-owned business.
According to Maier, fairgoers also responded positively to the new events and attractions at the fair, including the haunted house.
“The haunted house seemed to be a great success too,” she said. “It was very kid oriented.”
On Thursday, July 19, Heidi Feyereisen of Roberts was crowned this year’s Fairest of the Fair.
“I’m just most excited about representing the St. Croix County Fair because it means so much to me,” Feyereisen said.
On Friday, July 20, Dave Durand of Somerset and Margaret Mitchell of Baldwin were named this year’s Outstanding Older Adults by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of St. Croix County for their extensive volunteer work and contributions to the community.
The fair also included judging in numerous categories, including cattle, sheep, hogs, horses, dogs, small animals, photography, clothing, cooking and more.
The winner of the Grand Champion Market Lamb and Reserve Grand Champion was Connor Renn, 11, of the Rolling Hills 4-H Club.
The titles of Grand Champion Hog and Grand Champion Beef were also won by one person, Kelton Rozeboom of the Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club.
On Sunday, July 22, Warren and Lori DeBoer of Clear Lake became this year’s Living Memorial honorees for their service to 4-H, the fair and St. Croix County.
“The fair is an event that happens only because of the dedication of the many, many volunteers that make it happen,” Maier said.
Maier said that the fair continues to receive a positive response and support from the community, which continue to make it a successful event year after year.
“I’m just overwhelmed by the support and dedication of everyone who loves this ‘great community get together,’” Maier said.