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Those who love the fair, and dairy barn, should pay attention
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The dust has barely settled on the 125th Langlade County Youth Fair—certainly the most successful in years—and there are rumblings of changes that could destroy the ambiance of the fairgrounds.

The Langlade County Public Property Committee will hold a public hearing Monday regarding renovations to the dairy barn—one of the county’s most iconic structures—Monday at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds.

We urge everyone with an interest in the fair and its future, and the county and its history, to attend.

The barn, with its central cupola and four wings, dates to 1924 when Langlade County was at the height of optimism. It was constructed, in stages over several years, to serve as a landmark and a tribute to the county and its agricultural prowess.

Over the years it has remained a proud landmark—one used and remembered by generation after generation of exhibitors and spectators. While other buildings were renovated or destroyed—replaced by soulless metal buildings—the cattle barn remained the true symbol of Langlade County.

To be sure, the building has fallen on hard times. Its foundation is crumbling and high summer winds have shredded shingles. It needs a careful renovation, but not razing and replacement as some are suggesting. And our understanding is there is plenty of money between funds budgeted and insurance settlements to do the job right.

What would Langlade County be without its courthouse, which was itself the subject of foolish suggestions a few years past that the dome be removed rather than repaired?

What would Antigo be without its City Park bandstand, also the focus of misguided attempts in years past at demolition rather than repair?

And what would the fairgrounds be without its grand cattle barn?

Monday is a busy night, with the picnic and music in the park expected to draw hundreds to City Park and that gem of a bandstand. And not everyone who should will be able to attend that important hearing.

We urge the Public Property Committee to defer any quick decisions on the basis of Monday’s meeting, continue to hold discussions, and reach a careful and correct decision.

The county has basically ignored this classic structure for years — certainly another few weeks will make no difference. In fact, it will allow those people with a love of the fairgrounds, those with memories and interest in the history of our community and preserving its character, an opportunity to speak.


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