2020 Oneida County Fair Committee
Fred Andrist joined the Oneida County Fair committee in 2016. He currently resides as President of the committee. Andrist’s primary motivation for joining the fair committee was to help Oneida County provide a place for county citizens to gather and to showcase what is special about Oneida County.
As president of the Oneida County Fair committee, Andrist is responsible for coordinating different facets of the fair and to bring them together to work smoothly. He communicates with committee members who are responsible for various fair projects, giving them guidance. Andrists favorite part of being on the Oneida County Fair committee is seeing people enjoying themselves at the fair.
Theresa Seabloom became a member of the Oneida County Fair committee in 2009, booking music entertainment. At the time, she was the member of a local band. In 2013 she expanded her duties as secretary. Today, in addition to her secretarial role, she continues to be on the entertainment committee searching for and booking entertainment for the fair.
Seablooms favorite part of being a committee member is working alongside dedicated people who work toward a common goal, which is to see the fair succeed in Oneida County. She says “It is gratifying to see the yearlong planning come together. I love to see the community and the county come together, where the whole family can attend the fair and create lasting memories.”
Tom Barnett was hired in January of 2018 as the new Oneida County Fair Coordinator. “I saw potential in the fair and wanted to keep it going” says Barnett. He envisioned the fair to get bigger and better every year and since his appointment as fair coordinator, he has been sharing his ideas with the fair committee and community. Barnett previously participated in the fair as a vendor.
As fair coordinator, Barnett is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the fair. In addition, he promotes the fair in the community and secures sponsorships.
Barnetts favorite part of being the fair coordinator is seeing how excited people get when they hear about the new activities at the fair. He also likes working with the fair committee members.
Bill Freudenberg previously served as our Treasurer for 3 years and was elected Vice President in 2020. Bill has shown a true dedication to the Fair and has been a dedicated member of the committee.
Bill says, “I like to participate with a group of people that are putting on an event which is set up for families. It gives me pleasure in seeing the fair committee bringing our community together. "
Meg Sprecksel joined the Oneida County Fair Committee in 2019 and quickly became a vital part of operations. Appointed Treasurer in 2020, Meg has shown a true passion for making "every dollar count" to maximize the Fair's small budget.
The Fair Committee meets every first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the UW-Extension meeting room downstairs of the Rhinelander Airport. The public is more than welcome to attend.
The Oneida County Fair is one huge undertaking and the hope and plan is to see it continue each year. There is no end to the planning, time and work involved. A strong Fair Committee with enough members is needed to help plan and carry out the needs to continue to make this happen.
We invite anyone interested to find out more about being on the Fair Committee to please call Thomas Barnett, 1-815-382-6514, or the UW-Extension office, 715-365-2750. They would be more than happy to discuss all aspects of being involved with the Oneida County Fair.