Wisconsin Renaissance Faire Facing Foreclosure

Homes aren't the only thing being foreclosed, a popular tourist attraction may be facing the same fate.

The Wisconsin Renaissance Fair in Chippewa Falls is only 3 years old but is already facing a foreclosure lawsuit.

The amount of the foreclosure is not immediately available. However the suit was filed by A-1 Properties, an excavation company in Bloomer against the operators of the fair, including president Shane McVey.

Chippewa Falls City Planner Jayson Smith says the city sold 121 acres at $1000 per acre to the Wisconsin Renaissance Faire back in 2005 for the creation of the site.

Smith says the foreclosure lawsuit is disappointing because the city worked hard to put a major tourism project in the Chippewa falls area.

Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman agreed with Smith saying the foreclosure suit was sad, and that he and other city leaders were hoping for the faire’s success.

A-1 and McVey have not returned our phone calls.


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  • by Mindy Location: Eau Claire on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:44 PM
    I hope someone will invest in this faire and keep it going, hopefully bigger and better than before. Locals will definitely miss the festival.
  • by Sue Location: MN on Mar 3, 2009 at 11:18 PM
    I agree, what;s happening. Will there be faire in Chippewa Falls this year or not?
  • by Todd Location: Fairchild on Feb 28, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    A little followup on this story would be nice....
  • by Kiley Location: Mukwonage on Feb 11, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    It is now February, 2009. Is the property in foreclosure?
  • by Annonomous Location: Eau Claire on Nov 11, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    I am so sad to have heard this. I love the faire. It is like home to me in the summer. I hope by next summer we still have our home.
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