Five things visitors should know about the Walworth County Fair

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Andrea Anderson
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ELKHORN—The Walworth County Fair kicks off Wednesday.

The six-day fair overlapping Labor Day serves as a final summer hurrah for many and brings a slew of fun-filled activities for fairgoers of all ages.

Here are five things people should know before they set off for the 165th Walworth County Fair.

1. Price. Admission for children 6 to 12 years old is $4, teenagers and adults $10 and children 5 and younger can enter for free. A six-day season pass for teenagers and adults is $35 and $10 for children 6 to 12 years old.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are Senior Citizen's Day. Admission is $5 if 62 years old or older.

General admission covers all musical acts at the fair's three stages, including the grandstand. Performances include local talent Megan Ruger opening for Foreigner, Trace Adkins and Little Big Town.

Free seating is first come, first served along the racetrack and in the grandstand that seats 6,000. For the 800 VIP seats, prices are $20, $30 and $40.  

General admission does not include three demolition derby shows Monday. You can purchase a $10 wristband to attend all three heats.

For those who want to take a ride on the wild side, a single carnival ride ticket costs $1.25 or you can get 22 tickets for $25 or 55 for $60. Depending on the ride, one ride per person costs two, three or four tickets. 

The rides run 1 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. Monday.

Wristbands good for a day's worth of rides cost $25 and will be available Wednesday and Monday. From 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, you can take a spin on the rides for one ticket per person per ride. From 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, the rides will cost one ticket less than normal. 

2. Parking. VIP parking is in the Machinery Lot, located by Park Stage accessible through the Armory Gate entrance. VIP parking costs $50 for the six days. General parking is free. Free parking is located at the racetrack, in the general parking lot between the water tower and racetrack and a lot across from the Main Gate on Highway 11. If you require handicapped parking, tell the parking attendant upon entry for direction to the correct location.

Unlike past years, there will not be a trolley from downtown Elkhorn. Golf carts can be flagged down for transportation on the fair grounds.

3. Food. No fair is complete without food and lots of it. You can expect the Wisconsin favorite cream puffs to provide a sugar rush, a hot dog for substance and of course corn on the cob for the healthier bunch--if you skip the butter, that is.

New to the fair this year is a fried bacon cinnamon roll from Morris Concessions: Big G's, Ken Leipart's jalapeno cheese fries and a variety of hot wings from Paul's Fun Foods.

4. Farmer's Olympics. These Olympic games could be fun for a group of co-workers or friends. The first annual Farmer's Olympics will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Activities Center.

Teams of four will compete in four events. The events include hay bale throwing, bucket brigade, bouncy horse weave and round bale push.

Entry fee is $20 per team. The age groups are 9 to 13 years old, 14 to 18 years old and 18 or older.

You can sign up that day at the fair or call the fair office at 262-723-3228.

5.  4-H centennial celebration. The fair is celebrating the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Wisconsin. The first Wisconsin club was the Linn 4-H Club in Walworth County. Thomas Bewick and Mae Hatch founded it Oct. 30, 1914. It had four boys and three girls.

Now, there are nearly 350,000 members and about 18,000 volunteers statewide.

To celebrate the anniversary, two representatives from each county 4-H club, past and present, will carry a banner indicating the year the club started during an opening ceremony.

The ceremony will begin near Park Stage at 10 a.m. Wednesday and continue into the stage. Gov. Scott Walker will attend and make a short speech.

During the fair, buttons and stickers will be passed out indicating members, alumni or supporters.

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