Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls is going green

Preparations are well under way at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair.

"When I see the children and the grandparents, when I see families enjoying themselves that makes my day."

Fair director Rusty Volk says fairgoers this year will notice a lot of new updates to this year's fair. From renovated bathrooms, new livestock exhibits and a new flag display honoring veterans. But there are other changes this year, that are more subtle but will have a big impact.

"We've created a recycling center, we're looking at sustainable ways to incorporate our office setting. Our water handling our water drainage.
So all those ideas as we rebuild these fairgrounds we will incorporate that into it."

That's right, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair is going green. So aside from the fair food and rides we all enjoy fair organizers are adding an onsite recycling and trash center to help cut down on cost and waste. But the biggest changes are to the information and
administration building.

New L-E-D lighting throughout, a more efficient heating system that heats throughout the floor, and next year the addition of solar panels to the roof.

Volk says these environmentally friendly upgrades may cost a little more but will save money in the long run.

"L-E-D lighting is a little more expensive than the normal lighting. However the energy consumption is very very low."

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is already a Travel Green Wisconsin business, but it is Volks goal to make
The Northern Wisconsin Sate Fair the greenest in the country.
He also hopes this trend of creating more sustainable fairgrounds will catch on.

"If we can do it here they can do it at all the fairs across the United States."

In Chippewa Falls, Drew Williams, WEAU 13 News.


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