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La Crosse Interstate Fair opens Wed. for 128th year



County fairs in America have maintain traditions which go back decades.

The La Crosse Interstate Fair, beginning a five-day run Wednesday, is in its 128th year.

The fair has been held in West Salem, next to the speedway, since the late 1950s. Before that, it was put on for many years on what is now the east end of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus, in and around Memorial Field.

The fair will of course have food and carnival rides and farm exhibits, but, county ag. agent Kaitlyn Lance says there’s also room for activities you might not associate with the fair.

“We even have stuff like dog agility,” she said. “So if students have dogs, they can go and show off their abilities to go through these obstacle courses.”

Entertainment at the Interstate Fair includes magic, ventriloquism, concerts and racing at the Fairgrounds Speedway. There are also arts and crafts and a clothing-design competition.

Admission and parking are free.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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