The Sandwich Fair had a sunny start for its 131st season, but the sun quickly went away as storms and strong winds battered the area. But that didn’t stop visitors from finding ways to have fun.
The fair opened on Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a ceremonial flag raising by 98-year-old World War II veteran and Sandwich resident Lyle Fritsch. “He’s an integral part of the community,” fair board member Harold Dannewitz said. “He’s a lifelong veteran of Sandwich, Illinois.”
The opening ceremony was followed by the judging for various exhibitors, from livestock to pies, as visitors made their way through the fairgrounds to check out different attractions like the Western Show.
Sunny skies didn’t stay for long, as Thursday’s day at the fair opened with strong winds and rain. But the skies cleared enough by the early afternoon to allow visitors to enjoy the fair’s carnival rides and attractions. Lee resident Jessica Moser visited the fair with Giuliana Henderson, 3, something she called a “family tradition.”
“We come out every year. I have a 10-year-old son, and ever since I was in high school, I’ve been bringing him out here when he was born, and now I have her, and it’s just like a family tradition,” Moser said.