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The Rusk County Fairgrounds is a publicly owned facility located in the City of Ladysmith. Conveniently located on Highway 8, the Fairgrounds covers 52 acres and includes a wide range of amenities and facilities that are available for public use. Facilities can be booked for public or private use for events and activities large and small.

While the primary and original use of the facility is for hosting the annual Rusk County Junior Fair – held the 2nd weekend in August – the facility is available year-round for private and public functions. The fairgrounds is equipped with public restrooms and campground sites (with electric) and a dump station that are available seasonally. The grounds also have a number of multi-use structures that can be reserved. In addition to the multi-use structures, there are also buildings specific to dairy, beef, swine, poultry and horses. Amenities include a show arena, large outdoor arena, warm-up arena, announcer’s stand, and concessions. If you are in need of outdoor space, the fairgrounds has youth ball diamonds, a grandstand with maximum capacity of 650, pulling track, and approximately 5 open acres that could support a variety of activities.

In addition to being located on Highway 8, the fairgrounds is conveniently located adjacent to the Rusk County Historical Museum and within walking distance of additional camp sites, motel rooms, Memorial Park, Flambeau River, restaurants, and downtown Ladysmith.

Fairgrounds Map
Aerial Photo
Fairgrounds Regulations

The Rusk County Fairgrounds is located at W8323 Highway 8.  In Ladysmith, follow Hwy 8 to the east and cross over the bridge.  The fairgrounds is located on a curve shortly after Memorial Park.  The Rusk County Historical Museum and the Rusk County Senior/Youth Center is also located on the Fairgrounds.
Directions to Rusk County Fairgrounds

Reserve the Fairgrounds

Equipment Usage Form– fill out if you need items other than the buildings
Fairgrounds Policies
Usage Rates
2020 Fairgrounds Calendar – updated 2-5-20

Camping at the Fairgrounds

Camping is allowed at the fairgrounds during fairgrounds events and also large events in Rusk County such as Mardi Gras and Leaf it to Rusk between the months of May through September. Camping is first come first served. We are NOT open for year round camping or camping for private use. We are licensed up to 50 sites that are electric and non-electric. Showers and a dumping station are available.

Camping during fairgrounds events will be managed by the event holder. Otherwise, there is a drop box and pay station located by the back gate.

For any questions regarding camping, please contact Charmaine Riddle, Booking Coordinator, at 715-532-2151.  For evenings and weekends contact Bruce Thorpe at 715-415-0280.

Camping Registration Form
Camping Rules
Camping Maps
Overall Campsite Map – showing all locations
East Sites 1-14
NE Sites 15-20
Multi-Purpose Sites 21-28
North Sites 29-50

Contact Information

Charmaine Riddle, Booking Coordinator
UW Extension Office
311 Miner Ave E, Suite S140
Ladysmith, WI  54848
715-532-2151 Phone
715-532-2279 Fax