Ceremony officially opens Shawano County Fair

Event is in its 137th year
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Leader Staff


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Jordan Boldt, of Bonduel, and Ashton Herbst, of Ashwaubenon, spent their final days before starting college at the Shawano County Fair on Wednesday. Boldt, who was a standout wrestler at Bonduel High School, will begin school at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, while Herbst will attend UW-Eau Claire.

Area veterans took center stage at the opening ceremony Wednesday for the 137th annual Shawano County Fair.

Groups that made up the honor guard for the ceremony included Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of American and AmVets.

“We remember all of those who are with us in spirit and with us in our hearts,” said Dennis Bohm of AMVETS Post 10.

Dale Hodkiewicz, president of the Shawano Area Agricultural Society, welcomed visitors to the first night of the fair, which runs through Labor Day.

“We’re looking forward to having great weather,” he said. “Come every night and enjoy yourselves. We’ve got a lot of activities, great music. Please come and enjoy the fair. Enjoy your friends and neighbors, make some new friends and spread the word how great the Shawano County Fair is.”

Shawano Mayor Ed Whealon called the Shawano County Fair “the biggest and longest running fair in the state of Wisconsin.

The fair has been running since 1881.

Whealon encouraged fairgoers to visit the vendors and support the nonprofit groups and recognize them “for all the good work that they do.”

Whealon also spoke of local businessman Pat Crawford and Wescott Town Chairman Mike Schuler, both of whom passed away recently.

County Supervisor Marvin Klosterman, a member of the Ag and Extension Committee, said the county fair association under Hodkiewicz “does a wonderful of maintaining and improving the fairgrounds.”

He highlighted several recent improvements, including the new Huntington 4-H building, the repainted dairy barn, some new pavement, a decorative wall put on the west side of the 4-H building and a new roof on the fair office building.

Klosterman said participation in 4-H is once again high this year, with over 11,500 individual entries.