Pierce Co Fair 112 – The Pierce County Fair is “Butter than Any Udder Fair,” and begins on Thursday, August 10 and runs through Sunday, August 13, 2017. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Pierce Co Fair 112 – The Pierce County Fair is “Butter than Any Udder Fair,” and begins on Thursday, August 10 and runs through Sunday, August 13, 2017. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

Submitted by Ann M. Webb, Pierce County Fair Manager

ELLSWORTH, WI - Cotton candy, Ferris wheels, clowns, rides, cattle, homemade cakes and pies. You can all vividly remember these county fair staples from your childhood. Remember the memories of summer when you and your family traveled to the local fair and spent hours enjoying an American tradition? 

The first Pierce County Fair was in 1859 in Prescott, the county seat at that time. The Agriculture Society was the sponsor for the Fair and they moved the Fair to Ellsworth in 1884 and continued to run it at the present location. The fair continued to be run by the Ag Society until 1942 when the county purchased the Fairgrounds. It has been funded by the county ever since. 

This year, we are excited about celebrating our 134th Fair. Our theme is “Butter than Any Udder Fair”. Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13 is when the premier event of summer happens – your county fair. Please come visit with us one or all of the days. We want you to have a pleasant day with us. We hope we will accomplish this by letting you know of the special extras we have for you. Senior Citizen Day is Friday and admission for our 62 & better folks is only $2.00. On Sunday, to honor our Veterans, there will be free admission for anyone who has served in the military. Regular daily admission is $5.00.  Lots of shade, blacktopped pathways, plenty of benches and picnic tables make our county fair a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. 

Don’t forget, though, the Fair is actually a 4-day event. We open on Thursday, August 10 and round off the activities on Sunday, August 13. Take advantage of the hourly FREE entertainment, a heck of a value for the cost of admission. 

Come for the food too. If you are looking for corn dogs and cotton candy, we have it. Treat yourself to the home cooked specials from the church stands. From the huge breakfasts to sizzling hamburger or the homemade pies, you can’t beat any of it. It makes one's mouth water just thinking about it. 

Of course, the absolute highlight of our fair is our 4-H & Open Class exhibits. From the 4-H chocolate chip cookies to an intricately detailed heirloom quilt, the Pierce County Fair has it all. Did you realize that we have over 11,000 entries and over 8,500 exhibits? We are extremely proud of the number of projects that are available for your viewing pleasure. There is live animal judging going on throughout the fair. Go watch a cattle show, stroll through the photography exhibits, taste a great meal and then relax under a big shade tree enjoying the free entertainment or chatting with a former acquaintance. Plan to spend the day.

Contact the Fair Office at 715-273-6874 or check out the web for information on entertainment, grandstand events and the like at www.co.pierce.wi.us/fair/fair_main.php. “Butter than Any Udder Fair” includes all of you. Remember it’s your fair. Like us on Facebook at “Pierce County Fair and Fairground (WI)”.