22nd annual Family Fun Fair showcases new museum exhibit

Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) -- It's a holiday where you always hear people talking about travel, but for those that chose to stay home this July 4th, there's plenty going on in Eau Claire.

One of those events happening today was the 22nd annual Family Fun Fair at Carson Park.
There was plenty to do there, and families who checked it out, got a first look at a new community staple celebrating the Chippewa Valley.

Museum editor, John Vanek, says the fair is a great way to enjoy the holiday. Vanek says, "This is a really great way to spend the 4th of July, Independence Day, it recalls all sorts of community events that people used to hold and it's just a great way to get out, get outside and have some fun."

This year is particularly special as the museum is showcasing a new exhibit, that museum curator Carrie Ronnander says, is five years in the making.

Ronnander says, "We had two other exhibits that are both 22 years old, it was a time to change and make it a little bit different.”

Ronnander says the new exhibit tells the story of the Chippewa Valley. Ronannder says, “It's called Changing Currents: Reinventing the Chippewa Valley, it takes a look at what happened over the last 300 to 400 years and the different people who have come here and how the economy has changed as different people have arrived and interacted with the environment."

And Vanek says, hosting this type of event is great for the museum, as well as the visitors. Vanek says, “It's a great thing for the community to work together, to see how we are a value to the community and how the community is really important to us.”

Ronnander also says today was the first time visitors got to see the new exhibit but there's still more to come. Ronnander says they'll be adding on to it over the next five months, with plans to have it complete by December.

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