Northern Wisconsin State Fair opens

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis.-- (WEAU) Opening day at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has arrived, bringing food, entertainment and show-worthy animals to the Chippewa Valley.

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It runs Wednesday through Sunday and offers a long list of highlights each day. Last year, more than 70,000 people visited the fairgrounds.

The fair got off to a quiet start Wednesday during the early morning hours. Most of the activity centered in the rural area. Young 4H members were busy prepping their animals, washing hogs and cleaning out stalls.

They say fair participation is very rewarding, a chance to show their dedication to farm-life and earn recognition for their hard work.

Most vendors already have their stands set up. The ferris wheel and other rides are standing tall, but won't get going until noon. The first livestock showing happens at 9 a.m.

Fair-goers have a wealth of food options to choose from this year. Tuesday night, the 2014 Best Fair Food awards were handed out during a fair preview.

First place in the entree/sandwhich category was a tie with Mia Mangia's “Italian Rice Balls” and Paizis Concessions – Gyros – “Combo Plate” getting a blue ribbon.

PJs Concessions was the side dish winner with its combo platter. On the beverage side, Festival Foods Flavour Burst – “Cherry Lime-Ade” took the top spot and in the dessert category another tie.

Momzo & Bonzo Concession's “Deep Fried Apple Pie” and Festival Foods "Granny Smith Caramel Apple Shake" earned first place.

Wednesday's entertainment headliner will hit the main stage at 8 p.m. Country music star Joe Nichols, known for hits like "Brokenheartsville" and "Yeah" will be playing.

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