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Wisconsin Valley Fair kicks off

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The first day at the Wisconsin Valley Fair is in the books. This is the 145th anniversary for the event, and there's certainly plenty of excitement.

"It's one of the longest running fairs in the state of Wisconsin," said Fair Administrator Maria Budnik.

This year, organizers are expecting large crowds, especially Wednesday night, for young country artist Hunter Hayes.

"Really excited to have him, we got a lot of calls about him, so we're excited to pack the grandstand with him," Budnik told Newsline 9.

Music isn't the only thing people love at the fair. Food is also a popular choice, with everything from elephant ears, to classics like burgers, even jalapeno stuffed cookies and chocolate covered bacon.

"We're always coming up with new stuff. The jalapeno cookie is only about 3 weeks old," said fair vendor Marti Kuhlman.

If deep fried, or chocolate dipped food isn't your thing, there are healthy options too.

"People find it refreshing. People seem to breath a sign of relief when they hear that there's a fresh fruit option," said Marcia Stencil, fair vendor.

Of course, a fair wouldn't be a fair without a ferris wheel. Plenty of folks enjoyed some classic game favorite as well.

"It's a fun time to enjoy rides with your friends and just walk around," said Jenna Rusch.

Organizers say there's bound to be something fun to do for everyone, at the Wisconsin Valley Fair.

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