Saint Croix County Fair

210 Fair Grounds Road
Glenwood City, WI 54013

715-749-3442

The St. Croix County Fair is a tradition that has been enjoyed for generations. This year's fair proved once again, to be a wonderful event with record number attendance.

Persons, 60 years and older, who passed through the Senior Citizens' Building were recognized with prizes. Everyone who stopped by was invited to enjoy the displays, as well as take buttons featuring pictures of celebrities who, because they turned 60 years old this year, qualify for services through the Department on Aging (including: Billy Crystal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Glenn Close, David Letterman, etc.)

A new feature to this year's Senior Citizens' Building was ongoing craft demonstrations. Visitors were also entertained Thursday night by the Hudson Youth Artists Collaborative (HYAC).

The Department of Aging was once again honored to recognize the valuable contributions of twelve outstanding older adults during an award ceremony on Friday afternoon. Honorees, from around the county, were nominated for their ongoing commitment to improve the communities in which they live. Lorna Montagne and Norma Singer, twin sisters from Houlton, were recognized as 2007 Outstanding Older Adults. The following honorees were recognized as Honorable Mentions: Sylvia Bonte, Esther Koosman, and Jackie Klinger, Glenwood City; Myron & Aletta Hesselink and Donna Hauser, Hammond, Mabel Veenendall, Baldwin; John Brunner and Trudy Stacken-Hinz, New Richmond; and John Terkelson, Woodville. St. Croix County is very fortunate to benefit from the example of older adults who celebrate living and enrich the lives of others.

St. Croix County has rich tradition with fairs being held here for at least 125 years or more.

New Richmond held a fair for many years with buildings being constructed on the west side of town at the present location of the hospital. Hudson also reportedly had a fair for a few years. Hammond hosted a fair in the 1930's and 40's and into the early 1950's. Dairy cattle were displayed in the county highway shops while other exhibits were in the school building. Glenwood City hosted an agricultural fair in 1895. In 1910 the first inter- county fair was held (St. Croix and Dunn counties) at the site of the former lumber mills.

A fair has been held almost continuously with the exception of a few years, one being the polio epidemic in the mid-1940's. The Glenwood inter-county fair was designated as the St. Croix County Fair in 1948 by the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors. None of the original fair buildings survive and the hills are now covered by trees, quite different from the first fair when the barren hills were the backdrop.

The county fair continues to prosper with an increase in the number of exhibits and maintains the tradition of a free fair. A fund raising drive currently underway for the St. Croix county fairgrounds will result in a new building and programs to serve the county for decades to come.

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