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Celebrate Fun at Wisconsin State Fair
Last Updated: 5/2/2013
Celebrating Wisconsin's traditions, the Wisconsin State Fair kicks off in early August at State Fair Park in West Allis. The fair is one of the state’s premiere summer events offering an exciting lineup of fun from agriculture and horticulture to culinary creations and oodles of attractions and entertainment. As always, affordable pricing makes the fair a great family value.
Of course, the Wisconsin State Fair would not be the same without the delicious fare that everyone looks forward to each year. The iconic Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs have been available since 1924 at - where else - The Original Cream Puff Pavilion. Other tempting treats include lean and tasty Bison burritos, duck fajitas, giant turkey legs, Reuben rolls, enchiladas, roasted chicken, corn-on-the-cob, and Italian sausage. Of course, any favorite food that can come “on-a-stick” can be found here.
In addition to their usual plethora of culinary treats, the Wisconsin State Fair is always offering new foods to add to their already impressive smorgasbord. If deep-fried is your thing, you can now find bacon-wrapped cheddar hot dogs, brownies, stuffing, and even pizza, all deep fried! For those wanting an adult twist to a classic treat, give the new beer floats a try, made from craft/import beers and delicious ice cream. Feeling adventurous? Try pork doughnuts (a sugared Bismarck stuffed with BBQ pork) and an Irish roast sundae. Whatever your taste buds are craving, the Wisconsin State Fair is sure to satisfy.
Agriculture is one of Wisconsin’s largest industries and is at the core of the Wisconsin State Fair. With dairy and beef cattle, sheep, poultry, rabbits, goats, swine, horses and more, there are animals galore at the Fair. Whether attendees tour the barns, watch the shows and competitions or enjoy the excitement of the auction, the Wisconsin State Fair is a fantastic place for children and adults to learn about animal agriculture among the fair’s 200 vendors.
Great entertainment is a longstanding tradition at the fair. The champion of the fair’s many stages is the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage which offers top national headliners. There are also 26 additional stages of free entertainment.
The fair is loaded with giggles and good times for kids with the Sports Zone, youth exhibits, interactive activities, a children’s play zone with inflatable wonders for kids to bounce on, a spectacular midway, Kiddie Kingdom, racing pigs, a Dog Fair, the Giant Slide, contests and competitions, a daily parade and much more. Consequently, one day at the fair is hardly enough.
Fairgoers can also take-in beautiful, sculptured bonsais, orchids, dahlias, gladiolus, colorful cut flowers and a myriad of vegetables, as well as textiles, canned goods, pies, cakes and more; and this is only a brief sampling of the ribbon-winning items on display. It’s all located in the Horticulture, Craft & Culinary Pavilion.
Shoppers will find a wide range of bargains with hundreds of vendors located all over the fairgrounds. Be sure you shop the Wisconsin Exposition Center, Cousins Subs® Amphitheater & Bazaar, The Galleria in the Big Backyard, Westside Marketplace, Central Mall, Original Cream Puff Pavilion and the Mile Marketplace. Fairgoers seeking souvenirs will find Official Fair Wear stores located throughout the park.
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