Bonnie Byrd, curator of the Waukesha County Museum, is staring at a blank black display board. Her gloved hands hold archival photos of the Waukesha County Fair's past 175 years.
Should an old fair poster go to the top of the board? How about photo of a fair queen, champion livestock or cute kids eating fair food?
Byrd's energy and the display board entwine. The path to an eye-grabbing pictorial arrangement becomes clear as the photos arrange themselves in a carousel of fen shui.
To see the display of more than 100 pieces of historic visuals, attend the county fair that runs through Sunday, July 23. It will be featured in one of the display buildings.
Fair officials contacted Byrd a few months ago, asking that she put together a visual exhibit of the fair's 175-year history.
The fair's theme this year is "Moments Together, Memories Forever-1842-2017."
"In this commemorative year, it’s the perfect time to take a look back in time and share our fondest fair memories," according to the fair's website.
The first Waukesha County Fair was held in 1842 – "in a poplar grove on Carroll Street in Prairieville," the official website notes.
Byrd said she is drenching the pictorial exhibit in that theme, by using visuals from the Waukesha County Historical Society housed in the museum, a local newspaper and Warren S. O'Brien, a well-known Waukesha photographer.
Bryd also will use the exhibit space to remind fair goers of plans to re-open the museum in January of next year.