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Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:07

A ride through fair history: March 3 program highlights state fair, Walworth County Fair

Written by  Staff Writer
Take a trip back in time through the history of the Wisconsin State Fair during a program Saturday, March 3, at Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva. Take a trip back in time through the history of the Wisconsin State Fair during a program Saturday, March 3, at Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva. Photo courtesy Black Point Estate

LAKE GENEVA — Black Point Estate and Horticultural Hall conclude their winter lecture series with a program on the Wisconsin State Fair by Milwaukee County Historical Society archivist Steve Schaffer.
Schaffer’s program is set for 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva.

From its 1851 start in Janesville to its current location in West Allis, learn about the history of this annual event from a Wisconsin State Fair expert. Schaffer will take attendees through more than 160 years of state fair history with photographs from the historical society collection.

In addition, Walworth County Fair Board President Bill Thompson will share some of his favorite stories from his experiences over the last 40 years. Thompson recently received the Heritage Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for his lifetime of work.

Over his 40 years of volunteering, Thompson has served as 4-H leader, livestock show organizer, exhibitor, fundraiser, teacher, emcee and more.

“The state of Wisconsin has a strong agricultural heritage. That heritage is fostered and preserved through the state fair and the more than 70 county fairs held annually,” Dave Desimone, Black Point Estate director, said in a news release. “We feel both Steve and Bill will help us all develop a deeper appreciation for history at these iconic cultural institutions.”

The cost of the program is $5, however, admission is free for all Walworth County Fair volunteers. For more information about the fair program, go online to www.blackpointestate.org. To purchase tickets, call 262-248-1888.

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