2014 fair capped, it was a great time|
|The amusement company’s employees spent most of Sunday evening and night taking apart the rides and other elements that formed the most public hub of the of the 2014 Langlade County Fair.|
The weather was a little cool and there were threats of rain now and then, but for the most part it ended up a pleasant five-day event.
While A&P Amusements had all of their equipment tucked away on trailers and ready to roll to the next engagement, there were other signs that the show was over.
By 10 a.m. today the fair office was dark and the few workers were preparing to leave with the last boxes of records. The dozens of food stands were also mostly gone — not cooking up German sausages, tacos, gyros, corn dogs or cheese curds.
It was over for another year, but there will be excellent memories.
The big show opened Wednesday with judging and entertainment and continued into Sunday evening with the tractor pull.
At its heart, the fair remains devoted to youth, and Langlade County’s finest were on display and in some cases, handsomely rewarded.
The 4-H cake auction on Thursday brought over $10,000 for 49 cakes, a new record, with Erika Spencer receiving $625 for her cake. Holly Becker donated the $500 raised by her cake to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight while Hannah Becker gave a portion of her $575 proceeds to the Castan Schisel family.
The next night, the market animal sale prices largely outpaced the 2013 totals, with Isabelle Matuszewski’s grand champion steer selling for $3.50 a pound, 40 cents above last year.
The less-fortunate in the community benefited as well, with Ann Roller of the Strasser Roller Funeral Home donating the grand champion hog she purchased from Matt Bowman to the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, White Lake Christian Food Pantry and Operation Compassion at Faith Center Church.
Sunday’s small animal auction brought in over $1,400, with one bunny donated anonymously selling for $80, with proceeds to Camp Susan.
There were also signs that the fair has a confident future. Both the sheep lead line contest and Little Britches Dairy Show brought in a slew of very young competitors.
The stands were filled for the running of the demolition derby on Saturday night at the fair. The derby is certainly one of the highlights of the week of activities at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
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