The La Crosse Interstate Fair is going strong in West Salem this weekend.
It's the 124th installment of the free fair that celebrates agriculture and other hobbies. You can check out the livestock on display, along with the carnival, entertainment, and great food.
Coming up Saturday night, the fair is offering a magician, a hypnotist, and a junior livestock sale, along with the main event, racing at the La Crosse Fair-Grounds Speedway starting at 7:30 p.m.
While you're there, you might notice more exhibitors showing pigs on the fairgrounds this year. Despite nationwide concern about a deadly swine virus, fair organizers say they expect to see an increase in the number of exhibitors showing pigs at the fair-grounds this year.
The disease, called porcine, causes a deadly diarrhea in baby pigs. Nearly 30 states, along with thousands of farms, have been infected.
But organizers say there are no concerns about finding or spreading the virus in hogs at the Interstate Fair.
"Every pig will have a health vet certification form which has cleared them in the last 30 days coming from their farm of any disease - and with the show being terminal, all those pigs will go directly to market, not back to any farm or anybody's place to expose them to any disease possibilities that they may have shared here at the fairgrounds,” said Steve Huntzicker, an agricultural agent with the UW-Extension in La Crosse County.