Wisconsin Valley Fair

August 1-6, 2017

One of Wisconsin's largest county fairs with daily entertainment, animals, exhibits, and delicious fair food!

Fair Events


8:00 am

Dept. 6 HORSES

Superintendents: Kathy Guthman, Jaimi Hoernke & Wendy Goffin

Judge: Jody Zamzow-Woller

Location: Horse Show Ring

8:30 am

Dept. 1 DAIRY (Holsteins, Show of Champions, Special Classes, Jr Holstein


Superintendents: John Slipek, Colleen Geurink & Gary Beastrom

Judge: Mitch Amubdson & Tony Brey

Location: Judging Pavilion

9:00 am


Superintendent: Linda Ploeckelman & David Ploeckelman

Judge: David Laatsch & Perry Wolff

Location: Poultry Barn

Dept. 3 SWINE (beginning with showmanship)

Superintendents: Mark Zimmerman & Becky Wirkus

Judge: Aerica Bjurstrom

Location: Multi-Purpose Building 2

Dept. 5 GOATS

Superintendent: Lisa Thompson & Dorothy Carey

Judge: Dave Daubert

Location: Beef Barn



Location: Meeting Hall (Next to Little Red Schoolhouse)


**Judges will take a lunch break from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.




9:30 pm Barns Close – Dairy Barn closes at 10:30 pm


The Wisconsin Valley Fair is looking for someone between the ages of 18 and 25, who has excellent communication and computer skills to serve as the 2017 Fairest of the Fair.  


1.       Is the official ambassador for the Wisconsin Valley Fair and needs to have knowledge of it 

2.      Be available for 30 hours per week throughout the summer (mid-May to mid-August)

3.      Speak at day cares, dairy breakfasts, and various other community events

4.     Hold regular office hours by answering the phone, greeting customers, and assisting with other office tasks as assigned

5.      Serve as the official host of the Wisconsin Valley Fair with numerous responsibilities during the week of the fair, August 1-6, 2017. 

6.     Represent the Wisconsin Valley Fair at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells in January of 2018, where you will compete to be the Wisconsin Fairest of Fairs—a one-year position promoting fairs throughout the state

Application due by December 30, 2016. The 2017 Fairest of the Fair will be announced on March 9, 2017 at the Farm City Dinner.

Apply Here

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  • Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Fair HistoryWausau is the site of the annual Wisconsin Valley Fair, one of the oldest and largest agricultural fairs in Wisconsin. The fair is normally held in early August at Marathon Park, an eighty acre site that was acquired by the Marathon County Agricultural Society in 1867.

The first Wisconsin Valley Fair was held in Marathon Park in 1868, only twenty years after Wisconsin received statehood. In 1920, the land was deeded by the Marathon County Agricultural Society to Marathon County.

That same year, Alexander Eschweiler, a Milwaukee architect, was commissioned to design a new stock judging pavilion, grandstand and cattle barns for the park. The judging pavilion is located in the southeast corner of Marathon Park and consists of an octagonal-shaped building with cupola, and adjoining barns with gable roofs. In 2002, the original grandstand bleachers were replaced by a new amphitheater area with 4,000 permanent seats and a total capacity of nearly 10,000.

The tallest building in Marathon Park is an exhibition building that was designed by the firm of Oppenhamer & Obel and built in 1924. Located between the judging pavilion and the grandstand, the building consists of a hexagonal-shaped building, with cupola, from which radiate six rectangular wings with gable roofs.

Between two of the Exhibition Building wings is the S. Horgan Farm Museum which houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the agricultural history of Marathon County. The museum is normally open by appointment in the summer months (for dates and times, contact the Marathon County Parks Department at 715-261-1550).

On the east side of Marathon Park near the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County is an 1895 school house. Formerly located in the town of Stettin, this one-room school house was relocated to the park in 1963. It is now used in the "Little Red School House Museum" program of the Marathon County Historical Society.

Along the north side of Marathon Park is Stewart Avenue which is also State Highway 52. From the park's main entrance, you will turn right and take Highway 52 East through the City of Wausau. In the 1850's, the town of Wausau and the "wilderness" that surrounded the City of Wausau started near what is now the intersection of Highway 52 and County Highway Z on the city's near east side.

Grandstand and Admission Tickets On Sale May 1st, 2017

Buy Wisconsin Valley Fair Tickets Here!

Purchase here or call 888-695-0888

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Vendor Information

The Wisconsin Valley Fair is a six-day event in Wausau, WI. We are one of the largest county fairs in Wisconsin with average attendance of approximately 150,000 people. We feature free nightly stage entertainment on Tuesday-Saturday with paid admission onto the fairgrounds. Sunday we have a Draft Horse show and Demolition Derby.

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