In the late 1800s, Chippewa Falls area citizens drafted a charter to create the Northern Wisconsin State Fair recognizing the impracticality of entering or attending the Southern Wisconsin State Fair, now formerly known as the Wisconsin State Fair. Enacted in 1897 by the State of Wisconsin, the fair was to "improve agriculture, horticulture and mechanical and household arts." Encompassing a 27-county district, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has played a central role in northern Wisconsin for over 120 years. To these fairground self-sufficient farming families brought their best efforts in raising chickens, sheep, cows, rabbits, horses, and pigs and displayed their horticultural skills in prize pies, breads, and canned goods. As Wisconsin became more urbanized, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair reflected developments in industry and technology from Model Ts to satellite dishes. Today, these fairground buildings still display the best of individual and community achievements in northern Wisconsin.
Each year in July, over 100,000 visitors attend the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds to celebrate community, agriculture, entertainment, and family fun activities. Hundreds of youth exhibitors showcase their talents through exhibiting animals, projects, and talents in hopes to win the purple Grand Champion ribbon. National musical acts including The Beach Boys, Martina McBride, and Joan Jett have graced the presence of the Leinenkugel's Main Stage providing entertainment for the thousands that attend. Attendance records were set in 2022 with Charlie Berens performance being sold out.
We hope you're able to join us as we celebrate all that the Northern Wisconsin State Fair provides to everyone of all ages!
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