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Preparations underway for 145th Wisconsin Valley Fair


The 145th Wisconsin Valley Fair opens Tuesday at Marathon Park and a Wausau man who has worked at 30 of them is back on duty.

Workers assembled dozens of rides and food stands at Marathon Park.

Organizers said making the Wisconsin Valley Fair come to life, takes a lot of dedication and planning.

"It's exciting and it's crazy all at the same time, you get pulled in a lot of different directions," said Maria Budnik, Fair Administrator.

The 145th year of the fair is bringing back all the favorites, including the cheese curds and frozen bananas dipped in chocolate.

There's rides that go fast and rides that go slow, and the music includes new country sensation Hunter Hayes.

Organizers expect about 150,000 people to attend the fair during its six-day run.

"There's probably 3/4 of our vendors already here and set up and ready to go for tomorrow," said Budnik.

There's a familiar face back this year, retired Concessions Superintendent, Roger Otto.

"We take care of the concessionaires, the vendors out here," said Otto.

Otto worked behind the scenes at the fair for 31 years, doing a little bit of everything.

"I just look forward to it so much, even coming back here, I have a severe ankle injury, but I'm still getting by that to be out here and help as much as I can," said Otto.

This year, he's back from retirement to lend a hand.

"Fair gets in your blood for some reason and you just look forward to it every year," said Otto.

There's one attraction Otto is really excited about.

"I like the fair food, like so many other people," said Otto.

And from just a quick glance around Marathon Park, it looks like there will be plenty to go around.

The fair opens at noon Tuesday. Daily admission is $9.

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