By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - Florence County Fair officials assert that the annual fair is "continuing to make a name for itself," especially after it received multiple awards at a recent fair convention in Las Vegas.
Fair manager Jessica Klumpp informed the Florence County Board of Supervisors of the awards during the board's Tuesday meeting.
Klumpp said that the fair was one of about 20 Wisconsin fairs that were represented at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) convention. The Florence County Fair is categorized as a division one fair, which includes all fairs that have an attendance of up to 100,000 people.
In division one, the fair won first place awards for three of its competitive exhibits: the recycling art contest, live action duct tape contest, and cricket spitting contest. It also received two second place awards for promotional material: the car show flyers and the fair newsletter.
"Both awards categories are designed to be a competition against fairs on an international level to promote and improve programs that are currently running and to recognize those fairs that are doing an outstanding job," Klumpp explained.
She added that the fair was also named as division one's overall winner for excellence in competitive exhibits.
"I was so excited when I found out about this award," said Klumpp. "Then, as I was telling our board about the award, it hit me just how large most of the fairs in our division are compared to us. All I can say is wow."
Board members congratulated Klumpp and the other fair officials on their success, then thanked them for their hard work.
In other business, the board:
- Thanked retiring Florence County Clerk Jerri Meyer for her 23 years of service to the county.
"Thank you for all of your efforts," Board Chair Jeanette Bomberg said in an emotional speech. "We will miss you and think of you daily."
The board then welcomed incoming clerk Donna Trudell, who currently serves as deputy clerk. Trudell will assume her duties on Jan. 7.
- Approved a zoning amendment to change some current open forest land to agricultural land. The land is located northeast of downtown Florence, and is owned by residents who want to start growing produce and raising chickens for the Florence County Fair.
- Granted a 500-foot easement to We Energies so the company can install electrical hookups at West Bass Lake Campground.
- Approved the Florence County Aging Resource Center's annual application for elderly and disabled transportation aids.
- Approved the annual forest work plan. Supervisor Ed Kelley noted that the plan can be changed throughout the year as needed.
- Adopted a resolution to amend Wisconsin's Open Records law to include fees for expenses incurred in requests to inspect or hand count election ballots. Meyer said that these inspection requests can get costly, especially for larger counties, since an employee of the clerk's office needs to be present for the entire duration of the inspection.
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