Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield offers music and 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 kicks off Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

This year’s fair celebrates Marshfield’s 150th anniversary along with 100 years of the Wood County 4-H program. The theme, “Traditions are valued and memories are made,” is echoed throughout the week’s program.

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

This results in non-stop, free family fun.

The family entertainment tent is full of entertainment. See the best dressed cow at the fair on Tuesday evening. Watch the ducks and pigs walk the track every day. Nick’s Kids and Barnyard Show will be on stage daily for family singing, dancing and games. Musical guests include Wisconsin singing duo The Memories, Nashville recording artist Red Higgins, country group Diamonds and Whiskey and Christian artist Brendan Brook.

Exhibit numbers have increased this year at the 119th Central Wisconsin State Fair.  Participants compete in numerous categories to win ribbons.

Head to the barns for animal overload, where goats, chickens, cats and more compete for the best show. Explore exhibits that demonstrate skills in art, woodworking, photography, and knitting, to name just a few. Last year there were more than 1,000 entries in the youth fair alone, and this year the exhibition numbers have increased.

“It’s what we like to see,” Christiansen said. “It shows community involvement.”

Wisconsin history and treasures will be featured in the Wonders of Wisconsin exhibit in the Hockey Building. Visitors can learn about the history, agriculture and nature of the state. Play a round of “Guess the Cheese” on Saturday when 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 from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

The novelty of this year’s fair is Mr. Ed’s Magical Midway. With over 20 rides and attractions, thrills are guaranteed. The carnival comes to life on Wednesday at noon. It will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

Carnival tickets will not be sold online this year, but daily carnival specials will be offered throughout the week. Find the details on the fair’s website.

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