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Vernon Co. Fair to honor country and community leaders

Kaitlyn Riley

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The service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge on Wednesday evening. [Photo Credit: Vernon County Fair]

To commemorate the start of the fair on an important day in the nation’s history, the Vernon County Fair will host a special service on Sept. 11.

The ceremony will honor all military personnel, police, fire, rescue, EMT, first responders and municipal road crews on the Bob Fredrick Free Stage at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Viroqua.

“We are so happy to be able to do this,” Donna Leum, a director on the Vernon County Agricultural Society Board, said. “Knowing that we do not say thank you enough to these people who are so important to all of us in our daily lives and also on 9/11, this is our way of doing so and also allowing the general public to also.”

A special thank-you will also be extended to all of the people who have helped others during the flooding in recent years.

The service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge on Wednesday evening.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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