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Wisconsin Valley Fair: Economic impact

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Marathon Park in Wausau is getting ready for the annual Wisconsin Valley Fair, and organizers say they expect the event to do well in this economy.

Crews were out building, setting up and getting ready for the annual fair, which organizers say will attract a huge crowd.

"Generally the Wisconsin Valley Fair has about 150,000 people that come out and enjoy the festivities here," said Fair Administrator, Maria Budnik.

Maria says that number has been the norm for the past couple of years, but she's hoping for a slight increase this year.  

"We're just hoping to kind of keep our attendance where it's at and even draw a few more people," said Maria.

And a few more people, means better business.

"Business has always been pretty good you know it got a little slower last year because of the economy, but I don't think that was bad," said fair vendor, Mark Carrico.

Mark works in a Kiwanis dairy booth that has been at the fair for 45 years now.  

"We've always tried to keep our prices low, you know so people can come and have a good time," said Mark.

Keeping the prices low is what keeps people in town coming back for more.

"Fair attendance across the board this year went up, whether it's from doing the staycation saving money that way, it's more economical for folks to just kind of stay in town and see what your community has to offer," said Maria.

The Wisconsin Valley Fair offers many free things for everyone to enjoy, including free entertainment every night.

Thompson Square will be the first free band to hit the stage tomorrow night at 7:30.

The lineup also inlcudes The Oak Ridge Boys and REO Speedwagon.

The fair kicks off tomorrow at noon and will run through August 5th. @

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