Fun at the fair

Museum Third Saturdays program looks at county fair's history


The Sheboygan County Fair will be the focus of this month’s Third Saturday’s program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum in Sheboygan. Among the memories that will be on display are milking cows at the Sheboygan County Fair, 1949 (top photo); the Sheboygan County Fair with Ferris Wheel in the mid-20th century (below) and harness racing at County Fair circa 1900 (above). — Submitted photos The Sheboygan County Fair will be the focus of this month’s Third Saturday’s program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum in Sheboygan. Among the memories that will be on display are milking cows at the Sheboygan County Fair, 1949 (top photo); the Sheboygan County Fair with Ferris Wheel in the mid-20th century (below) and harness racing at County Fair circa 1900 (above). — Submitted photos Ribbons, Food, and Fun; the Sheboygan County Fair will be the July 20 “Third Saturday” program at your Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

What do you think of when you hear the words Sheboygan County Fair? Is it the blue ribbon animals? Is it the food that makes your mouth dance in jubilation? Maybe it is the thrill of the carnival rides or the sound of excited children winning at Ring-Toss. Whatever it is, the Fair will always produce memories for those who visit.

The Sheboygan County Fair’s inaugural year was 1851 when the Sheboygan County Agricultural Society organized for the purpose of holding one countywide fair instead of several local fairs. It was first held in Sheboygan Falls in early October. For the next several decades the Fair changed locations several times, usually being held at either Sheboygan Falls or Sheboygan. Plymouth became the permanent home of the County Fair in 1897. Since that time, the Fair has grown to include many new attractions that keep people coming back year after year.

With the many attractions offered, one can only imagine the number of people who have been in- volved with the Sheboygan County Fair. Several of these people will be joining us for the day. Margaret Born will share about her time spent in the Adult Educational Building. Wally Born will share his experiences with his family showing cattle at the fair. Adeline Herzog will speak about her time as a 4-H leader and her family’s involvement at the Fair. Joining her will be her daughter Heidi Widder, a current 4-H leader. Fritz Johanning, a 12-year Board Member and worship service coordinator for 25 years and his Jean, coordinator of the School Education Display, will share their involvement with the Fair.

Louise Robson will share her experience with 4-H and horses at the Fair. Charlie, Marie and Brian Schwinn will be on hand to talk about Brian being a 4-H special needs participant and his love for the Fair. Paul and Laura Surke will share their experience as award winning bakers and superintendent of foods. Warren Wilterdink will be on hand to talk about the Old Time Ponies Club.

Finally, who better to visit with about the County Fair than The Fairest of the Fair and Oostburg native, Jennifer Kuffel. Please stop by and get a head start on the excitement that is the Sheboygan County Fair.

“Third Saturdays” start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available. The admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free. Members and their guests are free. The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Alliant Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. “Third Saturday” programs extend from January through October.


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