Wausau community gets added benefits from fair crowds
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
The Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau draws thousands of people to the area.
But vendors at the fairgrounds aren't the only ones benefiting from the crowds.
Some area groups and residents are also finding ways to cash in.
During the summer months, the parking lot at John Muir Middle School is often empty, but not this week.
With the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau right across the street, this lot has been busy.
Every year, school staff holds a parking lot fundraiser during the fair.
"It works out really well for us because we're so close to it and I think people also appreciate the fact that they just have to walk across the street," Randy Erdman, John Muir Middle School teacher.
Staff say the lot fills up throughout the day, especially before the concerts each night.
"If anything we will end up parking people on the grass," said Erdman.
Organizers say they raise about $800 a day and all that money goes back to the students.
That's a reason why some fairgoers say they choose to park there.
"Rather than just parking on the grounds, you spend the money to park here and it stays in the community and does some good," said Russ Biesecker of Mosinee.
Other people in the area said they decided to take advantage of the increased foot traffic to the fair. Some residents said decided to host a yard sale.
"I mean just getting everyone who comes out to the the fair that doesn't normally come to the area, you get an opportunity to get those people who aren't normally here," said Jenna Munz, a yard sale host.
It's an opportunity she hopes turns into more sales.
"It's been going good, pretty steady traffic," said Munz.
The Wisconsin Valley Fair wraps up on Sunday with a demolition derby.