August 18, 2017 04:36 AM
Thursday marked the start of the 110th Sawyer County Fair in Hayward.
While the rain hindered attendance totals, Donna Disera was still able to enjoy the festivities.
"I'm a city girl gone country, so this is dream come true for me," said Disera.
Between the animals, the food, the rides and the games, its easy for both the young and the young-at-heart to find something that interests them.
Greg Henk, a farmer for Boxelder Farms up the road in Spooner doesn't mind his animals getting all of the attention.
"It's cool. I like when [kids] ask to come up to pet them," said Henk.
Robert Haddick is no stranger to the Sawyer County Fair.
"I grew up on a farm all my life, and this is a part of my life," said Haddick.
Haddick has been coming to the Fair for decades, and now he's showing off some prized crops of his own.
"That's so enjoyable. Well, we're not here to really compete, but we're competing with our friends to get these red and blue ribbons," said Haddick.
But Haddick says winning ribbons pales in comparison to seeing the kids at the fair.
"It makes me feel great. We got to keep our youth and we need more youth in the farming, because it's all commercial farming today," said Haddick.
"I come back to how much fun it is to be a kid running around and seeing animals. I went to my uncle's farm, and I couldn't wait until the next year to go to his farm again. This kind of brings me back to that," said Disera.
That's because Disera knows just how much fairs like this mean to the local community.
"I love the fair. It's just hometown. It's good clean fun. I wish more people would take advantage of it. I really do," said Disera.
The Sawyer County Fair will last through the weekend. Scheduled events include bull riding on Friday and a demolition derby on Saturday.
For those that are feeling a little dirty, Sunday may be your best bet. Then, there is a stock car race and an ATV challenge where both events take place in mud pits.
Updated: August 18, 2017 04:36 AM
Created: August 18, 2017 12:13 AM
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