WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) -

The gates are open at the fairgrounds in West Salem for the 124th La Crosse Interstate Fair.

The free fair celebrating agriculture and other hobbies. There's plenty of livestock on display, as well as photography, a carnival, entertainment and of course the food.

An organizer say even after 124 years the fair is still going strong, and is something the community can be proud of. "This is a community event and we really pride ourselves in that, we own the fairgrounds and we've been able to maintain the fairgrounds as needed and it just requires everybody's support and we receive it," said Marla Stello, Interstate Fair Secretary.

It takes a lot of people to put on such a big event and it's run by 100 percent volunteers. Many of those volunteers are from local 4-H clubs. "Cause it's helping out our community and so a lot of these other people, like the adults, don't have to do it," said 4-H Member Ethan Mengelt.

It's a big year for the 4-H club in Wisconsin,  they turned 100 this year. The organization works to instill positive life skills and attitudes in our kids.

La Crosse County's club didn't start until the early 1920's, but they're still taking advantage by celebrating the century. "Here at the fair we have a centennial booth, they're celebrating t-shirts, cookbooks and have a memory wall, there's geocaches around the fair so people get to see the grounds," said Bob Matysik, a La Crosse County 4-H Member and Youth Agent.