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State Legistators honored by the Wisconsin Association of Fairs

The Wisconsin Association of Fairs recognized four Legislators, including three from this area, this summer for supporting the fair industry in Grand Champion style.

Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) of the 42nd Assembly District and Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) of the 10th Senate District have been strong supporters of agriculture and were key leaders in helping update State Statue 93.23.

The update of this statute was to remove obsolete sections and update other portions to match how 93.23 has been interpreted. Wisconsin fairs will benefit from these changes in the annual running of their event.

When we have a fair issue or agricultural concerns, it is comforting to know we can call Representative Ripp or Senator Harsdorf and discuss possible areas of change.

Representative Kathy Bernier of the 68th Assembly and Senator Terry Moulton representating the 10th Senate District, both republicans from Chippewa Falls, were there when the Northern Wisconsin State Fair called about road blocks they were experiencing when wanting to add a new building to the fairgrounds. Existing building codes and requirements made it financially burdensome and nearly impossible for Fair Associations to maintain and sustain local county and district fair grounds.

Representative Bernier and Senator Moulton co-sponsored a bill to address the building code requirements by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) that created an exception from costly fire suppression systems required of buildings classified ‘A-2’ by DSPS.

Wisconsin Fairs are greatly appreciative for Bernier and Moulton’s efforts and we have already seen the effects of this bill, not only at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, but as other fairs in Wisconsin plan building projects for the future.

Representative Bernier, Representative Ripp, Senator Harsdorf, and Senator Moulton, were honored with Grand Champion Supporters Awards  and have earned the appreciation of the Wisconsin Association of Fairs.