FEELIN’ FESTIVE? Here Are Some Fairs and Festivals You Have to Check Out

fairs, parades, and ren fests are what make summer great

Sawyer Hoff, photos by Rebecca Mennecke

FAIREST OF THEM ALL. The fairs and festivals will get you in the summer spirit.
FAIREST OF THEM ALL. The fairs and festivals will get you in the summer spirit.

Colfax Free Fair

This year, the Colfax Free Fair will be from June 16-19, where you and your family can check out animal exhibits, local arts and crafts, and fair competitions. Enjoy games and slides, as well as yummy fair food. Learn more at colfaxaged.com.

Cinder City Days

From June 9-12, Altoona’s Cinder City Days will be in full swing with a performance by REO Speedwagon, a car show, and their big parade. Ticket sales from the Project 3:13 performance (which will feature the music of REO Speedwagon) will go to Blake Backers, a support fund for an Altoona High School freshman who was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Learn more at altoonalionsclub.com.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

The iconic Northern Wisconsin State Fair will be back this year from July 12-17 for the 124th time. Enjoy musical performances by Rick Springfield, Hairball, Chris Janson, Neal McCoy, Charlie Berens + Free Fallin: Tribute to Tom Petty, CHURCH@theFair, and Kids from Wisconsin. With classic fair food vendors, retail vendors, and fun games and events, it promises to be a fun year at the fair. For more information, go to nwsfa.com.

Dunn County Fair

This year’s theme for the fair, which runs July 27-31, is Country Nights and Carnival Lights. Listen to Rich Schroeder, HGT Band, Rural Route 5, Thistle & Lace, The Memories Gospel Show, and The Memories Variety Show at the free iHeartMEDIA stage. Or you can purchase grandstand tickets to watch the Red Cedar Speedway races, the NTPA Pull, or the Demo Derby. More information and tickets can be found at dunncountyfair.org.

Eau Claire County Fair

Enter contests, watch dog shows, and enjoy some quality fair fun at this year’s Eau Claire County Fair from July 25-31. More information can be found at eauclairecountyfair.com.

Newbourne Village Renaissance Festival

This brand new Ren Fest is coming to the East Ridge Festival Grounds in Chippewa Falls from June 11-July 3. Explore life through a different lens with hypnosis shows, improvised plays, sword fighting, and classic Ren Fest attires and food. To learn more and purchase tickets, you can go to newbournevillage.com.