The 86th Annual Portage County Fair in Rosholt will be held Friday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, at the fairgrounds in Rosholt.
The four-day event features a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides and games, exhibitors, museum displays, food and drink, a demolition derby, a 5k race, and softball and horseshoe tournaments. It is also Portage County’s official 4-H fair and will feature the display and judging of 4-H and FFA exhibits and animal projects, with hundreds of kids having submitted thousands of entries.
Organizers expect attendance could hit 25,000 over the four days of the fair, but said ideally, the whole county would make it out.
“In all honest I really would like everyone from our county to show up,” said Chris Martin, president of the Portage County Fair/Rosholt Fair Association Board of Directors. “It’s their county fair. It’s their time to celebrate the fall harvest and kids in agriculture. It’s their time to relax and have fun.”
Martin said a lot of effort has gone into improving the fair grounds. “About $400,000 has been spent on additions and renovations to the park over the past three to four years, about half of that has been through donations of time and money,” he said. “The park is revitalized and full of energy.”
Some of the changes this year include a new demolition derby area with an expanded track, expansion of the museum with new exhibits, a new small animal barn and new bleachers at the ball field.
For more information about the fair and a complete schedule of events, visit www.rosholtfair.com.