Important things to know if you are attending the Florence County Fair
If you haven’t been at the Florence County Fair in Recent Years. . .
. . .you just may be surprised at what we have accomplished and what we have to offer you!
The 2019 Florence County Fair marks the 116th annual anniversary celebration of our family-friendly tradition. While many items and activities have changed throughout the last 116 years, one very important item has not changed. The Florence County Fair is a celebration of the many and varied talents of our Florence County residents as well as well as serving as a showcase of our County’s agricultural and natural resources.
New Contests and Activities Added
In 2019, we have added multiple new contests and activities, such as the Secret Life of My Pets Tea Party and special exhibit contests, a Polka mass and music afterwards by Jerry Voelker and the Jolly Gents, and ATV/UTV games.
In 2019, we also see the return of our crowd favorite events including: the Mud Bog, the U.P. Garden Tractor Pullers Pull on Friday night, and the Horse Pull on Sunday, and that is just to name a few of the returning favorites.
As we make plans for events and activities at the fair, we are constantly trying to keep our costs low. And we have continued to do just that. Admission to the Florence County Fair will be free for children ages 11 & under. There will be an admission fee for people ages 12 and older of $10, and seniors 65 & older pay just $5,which is good for the entire three days of the fair. It's also important to note that all exhibitors in the fair will be given the opportunity to purchase an admission at the $5 rate when they drop off their exhibits either on Wednesday, August 21 or Thursday, August 22. You only have to have one exhibit in the fair in order to be able to purchase admission at the discounted price.
There is no charge for parking at the Florence County Fair Park; however, space is limited. Parking will be restricted on County N near the two entry gates to provide visibility for vehicles entering and exiting the fairgrounds. These restricted areas will be marked with ‘no parking’ signs. If the Fair Park parking areas are full, you may park elsewhere and walk in to the fairgrounds.
Additional Costs to Participate?
Once you are at the fair, most of the entertainment and activities are free to watch and participate in. Out of all those activities, there are only three which require an additional entry fee for you to participate in—the Mud Bog, the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, and the ATV/UTV games. These events are free for the general public to watch, so the only additional costs are the entry fees for the events.
All of our music, old-fashioned kids games, kids Coin Scramble*, exhibits, Magic Show and Air-Powered Rocket Workshop, horse pull, Grandma’s Garden, cricket spitting contest, plus many MANY more activities are all free to attend and participate in.
How We Keep Prices Low
Charging admission to the fair is one of the ways that the fair is able to afford to provide the complete schedule of entertainment and activities provided
during the fair. In addition to admission, the fair also operates Lydia’s Kitchen and the Beer Stand during the fair to provide food and beverages to attendees while earning additional money to put towards the fair activities and expenses.
It is important to note that even with our food at the fair, we strive to keep prices our food prices low and affordable. We don’t have our food costs determined yet this year, but last year (for example) we were able to keep our food prices low — charging between $3 and $5 for a sandwich (porketta, hamburger, hot
turkey, barbecue, etc.) and just $0.50 to $3.00 for beverages (soda, water, lemonade, milk, coffee, beer, wine coolers, etc.). We also have a variety of
other items we sell such as cheese curds, French fries, nachos, corn on the cob, chips, a wide array of homemade desserts, pies, etc.
Our goal is to keep our 116th Annual County tradition a family-friendly event affordable for everyone who is attending. We hope to see you there!
Please note that the Florence County Fair will be taking photographs and video during this event which maybe used for future marketing purposes.
Admission to the Florence County Fair is good for the entire fair! Admission is $10.00 for people ages 12 & older, $5.00 for seniors 65 & older, and admission is free for children 11 & under. Fair Exhibitors (and/or parents of exhibitors under the age of 18) may purchase admission for $5.00. A special Sunday only price will get everyone over the age of 12 in for just $5 each (if you already paid for admission, there is no additional charge on Sunday)
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Your admission helps to defray the cost of the entertainment at the fair. Our entertainment includes: music, the mud bog, garden tractor pull, horse pull, contests, activities, and more.
How much does it cost to go to the fair?
Adults (ages 12 & older)
$10.00 per person
Kids (ages 11 & under)
Seniors (ages 65 & older)
$5.00 per person
$5.00 per person
*early purchase price on Wednesday, August 21 & Thursday, August 22
How long is my admission good?
Admission is for the entire fair, so that means you can come as many times as you want to the fair this year, and you will only have to pay admission once. Admission wristbands are given out. If your wristband is too tight or falls off, you will receive a new wristband.
What does my admission cover?
Your admission gives you access to watch all the entertainment and activities at the fair. This includes: an entire weekend of great music, the mud bog, garden tractor pull, horse pull, cricket spitting contest, atv/utv games, magic and science shows, air powered rocket workshops, and so much more.
Have you Heard about the Florence County Fair Rate Changes? Keep reading this article to learn how you could get into the fair at a reduced price and/or even how you could get in for free!
After much discussion and conversation at multiple fair board meetings, the Florence County Fair Board decided to increase some of the admission fees for this year's fair. "It wasn't any easy decision for us to make," stated Jessica Klumpp, executive director. "We looked at other events in the area and compared rates for single day events compared to our fair which is an entire weekend." Admission rates are: free for children 11 and under, $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for seniors 65 and older, and just $5 for anyone over the age of 12 who exhibits an item in the fair.
"We know that it is a a family friendly event, and we are trying to keep it that way," Klumpp stated. When you come to the Florence County Fair all of the entertainment is included in the price of your admission, and it's good for the entire weekend. Additional registration fees apply to those who wish to compete in the Mud Big, Tractor Pull or Car Show. Once you are at the fair, the only additional items our fair attendees have to pay for are the inflatable rides and the food and beverages they drink. "As always we are keeping our food and beverage prices low. We want to make it affordable for those attending." On average they range from fifty cents to five dollars
Your admission to the fair covers you to watch and listen to the music, the magic show, the air powered rocket workshop, kids coin scramble, grandma's garden, the Draft Horse Pull, Mud Bog, Garden Tractor Pull, Classic Car Show and much more. Your admission is good for the entire fair, so once you pay your admission to the fair it is good no matter how many times you come to the fair. You only pay once. "We will be offering a discounted rate on Sunday of $5 for ages 12 and older," Klumpp stated. "With the somewhat more limited schedule on Sunday, we are dropping the admission fee for that day only."
If the fair board is volunteers and all the staff is volunteer at the fair, then where does the admission money go? "That's an awesome question," said Klumpp. "The admission fee covers the entertainment for the weekend. Most people don't realize how much it costs to put on the fair. The insurance policy for the fair alone is almost $3,500. The Mud Bog costs us about $7,000, music is about $3,000, the Horse Pull is about $2,000, the Magic Show $1500, the Tractor Pull and Car Show about $1,000. It adds up fast, and those are just the big ticket items. Our goal each year is to break even. Any money we raise gets put right back into the fair and into improving the fairgrounds."
Anyone who enters something at the fair, or the parents of those children who exhibit at the fair, can purchase admission for $5. There is another option to be able to get in to the fair for free. "Anyone who volunteers for a shift during the fair or for setup prior to the fair, gets free admission to the fair," Klumpp stated.
To volunteer for the fair, you can email the fair at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message for the fair at 906-282-9153.
Changes Happening to the Florence County Fair Park
If you have driven past the Florence County Fair Park this summer, you may have noticed that there have been a few changes happening. The most noticeable change is the location of the playground equipment.
“The playground equipment was an important addition to our fair park a couple of years ago,” stated Jessica Klumpp, executive director. The money for the playground equipment was raised thanks to donations from people and businesses inside and outside of Florence County. “We had a wonderful group of volunteers step up and install the playground equipment so it was ready to go for the fair. We could not have done it without them.” The playground equipment has been utilized by children during the fair but also throughout the spring sports season and throughout the year.
When the playground equipment was first installed, the plan for the fairgrounds was drastically different than where it is today. “A big change came to the fair when we added our mud bog and also our garden tractor pull,” Klumpp stated. Both of these events were at one point considered outside the realm of possibilities for the fair. “The challenge with events like these are that you have to have someone with knowledge, background and experience to make them happen. Our fair board at the time did not have any of that. Thankfully, we had many awesome volunteers step up and make them happen. We literally could not hold these events without our volunteers.” These events are vital to our fair. Fair board president Ken Johnson “We needed events that would be of interest to the younger and middle age groups. When the fair board was approached about making these events a reality, we decided to make them happen. With a lot of help and coordination from not only the fair board, but also local businesses and volunteers these events have been a reoccurring fixture of our fair for the last few years.”
And the good news is that these events look to be continuing at the fair for years to come. With that in mind, the fair board had some challenges with the fairgrounds to address. One of the biggest challenges was the location of the playground equipment. The location of the playground equipment came up for discussion at multiple fair board meetings. In the end the board made the decision to move the playground equipment. It was in the best interest of the fair and the kids to move the equipment. During the fair (and other similar events held at the fairgrounds) the playground equipment was located in the middle of the crowd. There was never a safety issue of the kids using the equipment. All the proper safety barriers were in place. It was matter of practicality.
“The kids love to play on the equipment during the fair, but it was right in the middle of the area where spectators were watching these events,” Klumpp stated. “It became a discussion of what would be better for the kids.” As the board talked about moving it, the sports fields at the fair park also came up. “Parents like to send their kids to play while they are watching softball and soccer games.” The challenge of the previous location for parents is that it was so far away, and in the case of the soccer field it was completely out of sight. “The new location provides easy access for them as well. As we move forward with plans for the fair (and future fairs) our children’s area and inflatable rides are located on that end of the fairgrounds.”
The playground equipment has once again been installed by volunteers. “We are truly blessed in Florence County that we have so many wonderful volunteers. The fair is no different,” Klumpp stated. “We value and appreciate each and every one of them. We would not be able to do what we do without them.” Being on the fair board is a volunteer position as well. The goal was to have to have the playground equipment installed and setup earlier this summer when the fairgrounds was being used more often for sports, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. “Our board is comprised of volunteers who volunteer for many different organizations and events in Florence County. There were just not enough hours in the day to make it happen when the fairgrounds was not being used, but the good news is that it is back in the ground. There are still some landscaping items that need to take place, but we will have it all done in time for the fair.”
It is a win-win-win situation. Johnson is looking to the future as well. “As the fair grows and begins to change, the Florence County Fair and Fair Park has taken on a new look.” This is not the first change that has happen to the fair park in recent history. Other changes have included a timber cut, a new beer stand and pavilion, landscaping and more. “As things change, we have had to adapt our long range plan for the fair park as well,” Klumpp stated. More changes are coming. “With the help of Florence County, the fair was able to purchase some land adjoining the fairgrounds last year. Plans are in the works to clear the land to be able to utilize it as a pit area for parking of trucks and trailers for the mud bog and garden tractor pull.”
This will open up more parking on the grounds for fair attendees. Moving the parking for the fair will allow us more flexibility for the use of the grounds giving us the option to move the inflatable rides to the soccer field, which will in turn mean that there will be more room to be able to bring in more inflatable rides for the kids attending the fair. “It’s kind of like puzzle,” Klumpp stated. “There are many different parts (pieces) of the fair. And our goal is to put them together in the way they fit the best.”
2020 Florence County Fair Canceled
For Immediate Press Release
The Florence County Fair has been a strong community tradition for more than 116 years. The fair provides an opportunity to showcase and share our agricultural and natural resources and highlight the talents of our many exhibitors in a three-day, family-fun event. Thanks to the large number of dedicated volunteers, exhibitors, businesses, organizations and sponsors, the fair opens to thousands of people each year.
The Florence County Agricultural Society and Fair Board has been staying informed and working diligently during these unprecedented times to create the 2020 Florence County Fair. When all of this first began, the picture was unclear of what would happen in the coming days, weeks and months. Although there is still some uncertainty, there is a better understanding of what the next few months will realistically look like. The situation and corresponding decisions are complex.
No one knows for sure what the situation will be like when we hit fair time in August although guidance and social distancing regulations look to continue on well into the Fall and Winter. With that in mind, the Fair Board reached the point where a decision had to be made in order to move forward one-way or another. After long deliberation with much consideration given to the current state of our finances, guidance from the CDC, public health officials, directions and guidelines provided by insurance companies, it is with deep concerns for the public health and safety of our fair community and with great sadness that the decision has been made to cancel the Florence County Fair scheduled for August 28-30, 2020.
Throughout the last few months, the Florence County Fair Board has been in communication with County Health Officials, the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, the CDC, insurance companies and others in the fair industry for the most current COVID-19 information available. No one knows what the situation will be like at fair time in August. There are hurdles that would have to be cleared for sure, but the Fair Board has reached the point where we need to make a decision based on what we know today. The Fair Board is sensitive to the fact that Coronavirus has negatively impacted big moments, milestones, and experiences for those across the country and understands the cancellation of the Florence County Fair comes with great disappointment for those who plan, attend, exhibit, participate and support it. However, the health and safety of all people associated with every aspect of the fair are top priorities.
There are many changes that would have to be made to the fair schedule, including canceling many individual events at the fair, limiting the number of people who could attend, participate and watch other events. Over the last few years, the Florence County Fair has been ever growing and improving in regards to the quality and value and entertainment that is offered to the public. Implementing these drastic changes and planning for the health and safety (including keeping all the areas of the fair as clean as possible and practicing social distancing guidelines and standards) of thousands of people coming from various areas throughout the country would completely alter the schedule to the point that the Fair would be a challenge to host the same high-quality event for all to enjoy.
These changes and requirements all come with a price attached to them, which would have negative financial implications for the Fair. Looking at our communities and how businesses and individuals have been financially impacted already this year, the fair board unanimously made the decision not to seek any sponsorships this year. It is the right decision regarding sponsorships, but it will also directly financially impacts the fair.
The Florence County Fair is an annual event that brings people together. Annually there are attendees from throughout Florence County, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond. Even after the limitations on the number of attendees at events are lifted, social distancing guidelines and requirements will still be in place. With the future of social gatherings unknown the Fair Board, as a united front, decided this is the only action to take to ensure our fairgoers and our fair family stay healthy during a time of such uncertainty. We want to see you all at the 2021 Florence County Fair.
The Florence County Agricultural Society and Fair Board is grateful and appreciative of all the efforts that were already put forward by those involved in the planning of the 2020 Fair. Now, more than ever, The Fair Board takes their mission and commitment to our community seriously, and looks forward to celebrating past traditions and making new memories at the 2021 Fair scheduled for August 27-28-29, 2021.