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WATCH: Thursday thrills at the fair

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The Junior Fair Swine judging was in full swing Thursday night, with these ribbons waiting to be awarded to the hardworking 4-H'ers. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)2 / 12
Sage Schladweiler of the Maiden Rock Rockets perfected this "be-hoot-iful" woodburning for the Cloverbuds exhibition, featured in the Kenny Hines Memorial Building. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)3 / 12
Mary Wieser of Maiden Rock made this beautiful quilt, on display in the Kenny Hines Memorial Building at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)4 / 12
This young man corrals his pig during the Junior swine judging Thursday night at the Pierce County Fair. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)5 / 12
Mary Huppert of Ellsworth gives it her all during the 4 and under contest in Thursday's pedal tractor pull at the Pierce County Fair. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)6 / 12
This young lady had her eye on the prize during Thursday's Pierce County Fair pedal tractor pull. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)7 / 12
Mason Kopp of Maiden Rock concentrates as he leads off the Pierce County Fair's pedal tractor pull 4 and under class Thursday evening. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)8 / 12
This blue-ribbon purple broccoli was certainly eye-catching in the 4-H junior fair section at the Pierce County Fair. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)9 / 12
These 4-H'ers wait their turn during the llama agility judging Thursday evening at the Pierce County Fair. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)10 / 12
Pierce County Fair manager Ann Webb choked up as she spoke of those chosen to grace the Memorial Wall in the Kenny Hines Memorial Building: Kenny Hines, Helen Pittman, Sue Thompson, Dorcas Jennings, Susan Geraets and Steve Katberg. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)11 / 12
The Pierce County Fair Memorial Wall honors beloved fair volunteers who have died, including groundskeeper Kenny Hines, Steve Kastberg, Helen Pittman, Susan Geraets, Dorcas Jennings and Sue Thompson. The five superintendents gave more than 100 years of combined volunteer service. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)12 / 12

ELLSWORTH -- A harrowing start to the Pierce County Fair in the form of a windy thunderstorm didn't dampen spirits Thursday.

Thursday afternoon and evening was filled with more 4-H and Open Class judging, the Memorial Wall unveiling, the Community Talent Show, the pedal tractor pull and of course, the lights of the carnival.

Check out video and a photo gallery from Thursday afternoon events.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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