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Editorial: Fair promises fun, plenty to do, see

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opinion River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Tight on cash? Looking for a bargain, an economical way to have fun?

The Pierce County Fair, Aug. 12-16, could be just what you need.

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This county fair, a 126-year-old tradition, offers new opportunities and inexpensive entertainment in the company of family, friends and neighbors.

Children seven and under get in free, the regular admission fee is $5 per day, the food is reasonably priced, and much of the entertainment is free.

The performers' schedule is populated by folks you might otherwise find living next door. Some are Pierce County natives.

Colleen Raye will offer her family show on Thursday, Aug. 13. Another local-girl-makes-good story has been written by an entertainer with Elmwood roots: Singer/songwriter Vicky Emerson. She'll take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 15

Where else can one see those they know showing off talents that may have been hidden? The Talent Show Wednesday evening, Aug. 12, gives amateurs the chance to step up to a microphone and present music and merriment, competing among a bunch of crowd pleasers.

The talent show is divided up, allowing all of Pierce County's communities to be represented. The competition continues on Saturday morning with the finals.

Area military veterans will be saluted during an opening ceremony Thursday, part of a daylong tribute to the vets. Additionally, the new grandstand will be dedicated then. The same day, attendees will be introduced to Mr. Ed's Magical Midway, new to the fair this year.

The Most Admired Senior Citizens in the Pierce community will be recognized on Friday, Aug. 14, which is Senior Citizens Day. Area residents have nominated friends or relatives over age 60, and three winners will be chosen.

On Sunday, Aug. 16, it's the farmers' turn to enter the spotlight, as Century Farm Families will be lauded in the grandstand.

Then there are the many popular attractions. Besides the livestock brought to the fairgrounds for judging, the Fantasy Corral Animal Exhibit will be open each day for the public to get familiar with exotics.

For music, "Renaissance Cowboy" Pop Wagner livens up the proceedings on Thursday and Sunday; the St. Croix County 4-H Show Choir plays a variety of music on Friday; and "The Memories" perform that evening.

Comedy's covered by James Wedgewood, ventriloquist, on Thursday; Steve Russell, strolling juggler, on Friday and Saturday; and Sami Dare, hypnotist, also on Friday and Saturday. Nick's Kids Show on Saturday and Sunday combines both music and comedy.

Don't forget the grandstand action, ranging from Sunday's garden tractor pull and pedal tractor pull to Thursday and Friday's truck and tractor pulls, plus Saturday's horse pull and that evening's demolition derby. Wednesday, the first night of the fair, closes with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fair time means putting aside any cares to join in Pierce County's premier event of the summer. Get out and treat yourself to the fun.

New coaches a perfect fit

The naming of cousins Joe and Brady Cudd as new co-head coaches of the River Falls High School wrestling team last week has created a lot of excitement among supporters of the program.

And for good reason.

Both have been involved with wrestling in River Falls since they were youngsters, first as youth wrestlers, then in high school, and again as youth and high school coaches. They know the town and the town knows them.

They were a driving force during the glory days of Wildcat wrestling when the Cats qualified for the WIAA State Team Tournament five times between 1996-2001. They recognize the strong tradition River Falls has with wrestling.

They both wrestled under the most successful and respected coach in Wildcat history -- Dave Brandvold -- and won three individual state championships between them before pursuing collegiate wrestling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They know the importance of developing strong student-athletes with good character.

They are both excellent choices because they will be natural role models. The fact they will share the head coaching duties with the Wildcat wrestling program is only fitting. They already share key roles in building its legacy. Now they'll share in maintaining it.

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