Northern Wisconsin State Fair welcomes thousands on opening day

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Hop on and buckle up. Get ready for a ride.

Certain sights and sounds mean the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls is back again.

"This is one of the nicest openings we've had and the weather has had to do with that," said Rusty Volk, Executive Director of the fair.

He expected about 12,000 to 13,000 people to visit the fair on Wednesday, which was opening day.

Everyone there got first crack at everything new being offered this year.

At the Natural Science Exhibit, they are doing a beer, wine, honey and syrup making competition for the first time.

"Right now they're judging as you can see behind me," said Nancy Friederich.

The crowd got to sample while a judge picked who took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons.

While there was not much competition this year, organizers hope word gets out and more people enter the contest next year.

If you are looking to bite into something new, how about a burger topped off with a Krispy Kreme doughnut?

"It's a sweet, salty marriage and people love it," a vendor told us.

If that is too much, don't worry. All the originals are still here, too.

If rides are your thing, you can even get a wristband. $25 to ride everything all day long.

On Friday, the Fairest of the Fair will be named. Each girl needs to come up with a 30 second jingle.

Day one is in the book. Volk calls it a success.

"The crowds have been excellent, it's been a beautiful day," he said.

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