In between rain showers on Wednesday, you would have encountered the same sense of community that has been experienced at the Door County Fair over 150 times before.
The Door County Fair opened its gates to kick off the 152nd annual edition of the event. While the midway was silent until later in the afternoon, the barns and the exhibition buildings were buzzing with activity as some prepared their animals for their nearly weeklong stay and others answered questions from judges about their projects. It was a first for Candis Dart, who is no stranger to the fair itself but found herself on the other side of the table this time around as Door County’s new 4-H Program Educator. She says it was great seeing the excitement of opening day.
For exhibitor Beckett Tassoul, the Door County Fair is the culmination of several weeks of hard work with his animals leading up to Saturday’s Door County Quality Market Animal Sale.
The community came together Wednesday to not just enjoy the fair's usual activities, but also to celebrate the area’s veterans. For the first time, the opening night festivities included a salute to the military as a part of Sturgeon Bay’s Maritime Week. Door County Fair Board Member Thad Ash reflects on the family connections molded at the fairgrounds, including his own.
The Door County Fair continues through Sunday at John Miles County Park in Sturgeon Bay. You can click on this link for a complete schedule or download the Door County Daily News app to have the highlights of each day sent directly to your smart device.