Whether it’s deep-fried and hand-fed or a knife and
fork are needed for something gluten-free, the State
Fair has new food and familiar favorites - more than you
can shake a deep-fried stick at.
- What’s new at the State Fair?
deep-fried ol’ fashioned based at Water Street Brewery’s
stand, for one.
a Wisconsin tradition somehow related to a delicious
dessert,” said Kristi Chuckel, the fair communications
better question is what’s new to you?
encourage people to come down and try something new,” she
be the sea lions, which made a big splash last year.
it’s seeing “Here Come the Mummies,” nationally touring
musicians dressed like mummies playing on the Bank Mutual
Stage, one of the fair’s 30 stages.
food that draws a lot of attention, from the ever-popular
cream puffs with 400,000 sold each fair and roasted corn at
the New Berlin Lions Club booth, which sells 100,000, to
testing deep-fried fruit on a stick at, where else, the Fried
Fruit on a Stick stand or a new Elvis chicken and waffle
sandwich at the Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery. The sandwich
is a Sporkies entry.
competition among vendors with the name based on “spoon”
the fourth year for the Sporkies. There are other fairs that
have food competitions but we wanted to do something unique
for Wisconsin. Our vendors are always creative with coming up
with something fun. So we want to reward them not only for
creativity but also for presentation,” Chuckel said.
A panel of
judges will taste the entries. The panel includes Donny Most
and Anson Williams, who starred on “Happy Days.”
be part of Happy Days Live, which will be on the Main Stage at
7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Henry Winkler will also be featured.
talk about their favorite memories and show clips and they
take questions,” Chuckel said. “It’s a variety show with
some singing and a lot of interaction with each other and
interaction with the crowd.”
the variety of the fair that keeps people coming back. The
average fairgoer is expected to visit three times and stay six
hours during the 11-day run from Aug. 4 to Aug. 14.
not just music, we’re not just agriculture, we’re not just
rides, we’re not just food,” Chuckel said of the fair’s
four-legged approach to success, which again topped 1 million
visitors in 2015.
so much of it that Chuckel urges people to check out the
website wistatefair.com, where visitors can also find the food
finder that tells you what’s new, like the bacon popcorn
balls at Laura’s Gourmet Popcorn.
that is new that really isn’t in the fair’s hands is that
it should be easier to get to the fair.
Interchange project on Interstate 94 has moved along and the
84th Street exits and on-ramps will be open.
Chuckel said mass transit is always encouraged.
free bicycle parking, motorcycle parking has been reduced from
$10 to $5, and the shuttles from Washington and Waukesha
counties are back.
also encourage people to try the fair on different days.
Tuesday, seniors 60 and older pay $5 all day, $2 off the
regular senior admission price.
admission is $12, $7 for military and seniors 60 and older, $6
for youths 6 through 11, and free for 5 and younger.
for a fair deal?
WEST ALLIS - Admission deals can be found on select days.
n Today -
Opening day of the fair, is Wells Fargo $2 Day benefiting
Hunger Task Force. Fairgoers get $2 admission when they donate
at least two non-perishable food items or make a cash donation
outside any fair admission entrance. The promotion ends
promptly at 4 p.m.
n Friday -
Celebrate Wisconsin Day presented by Potawatomi Hotel &
Casino. All fairgoers visiting Wisconsin from out of state can
buy two adult admissions (12 and older) for $12 when
presenting an out-of-state ID at any fair ticket window.
Kohl’s Family Value Day. All fairgoers will be eligible for
discounted fair admission from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. thanks to a
partnership with Kohl’s. Adults will receive $5 admission (a
60 percent savings) and youth
11 and younger will receive free admission.
Humana Senior Recognition Day. Seniors (60 and older) can
receive $5 admission all day - a $2 savings off of the regular
senior admission price.
Wednesday - Fairgoers can save $4 on one adult gate admission
ticket until 6 p.m.during Meijer Day via Custom Coupon when
you spend $40 or more at select new Meijer stores between July
26 and Aug. 10. Limit one coupon per offer. Promotion will end
promptly at 6 p.m.
n Aug. 14
- For Miller High Life Veterans and Military Recognition Day,
veterans, military personnel and their family members will
receive free admission until 4 p.m. Fairgoers who present a
Military ID (DD214, VA ID, Military Common Access Card, or
Dependent ID) at any admission entrance will receive free
admission for themselves and up to three family members
courtesy of Miller High Life. There will be a limit of four
free admissions per ID. The promotion will end promptly at 4
Rascal Flatts takes to the Wisconsin State Fair Main
Stage on Saturday. Kelsea Ballerini opens at 8 p.m.
Counry is just one of the music varieties at the fair,
which has 30 stages throughout the grounds in West
Stage features usual variety
WEST ALLIS - This year’s State Fair’s Main Stage relies on
a familiar formula of booking rising stars with longtime
little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, a little
bit variety show.
are at the ticket booth at 77th Street and Greenfield. Call
414-266-7100 or visit http://wistatefair.com/fair/categories/mainstage/.
Mendes, 7:30 p.m. today, $29 and up.
Halestorm with We Are Harlot, 8 p.m. Friday, $29 and up.
Flatts with Kelsea Ballerini, 8 p.m. Saturday, $39 and up.
Together Tour with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie;
Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; Gary Puckett &
The Union Gap; Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere
& The Raiders; The Cowsills; and The Spencer Davis Group
featuring Spencer Davis, 7 p.m. Sunday, $25 and up.
with Francesca Battistelli, 7:30 p.m. Monday, $29 and up.
and A Flock of Seagulls, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $22.
Days Live featuring Anson Williams, Donny Most and special
guest Henry Winkler, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $25 and up.
Etheridge with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, 7:30 p.m. Aug.
11, $29 and up.
- I Love
The ‘90s Show featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Color Me Badd and
Coolio, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, $29 and up.
Phillips and Matt Nathanson, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Wisconsin
State Fair ticket office, $29 and up.
Beach Boys (led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston), 6 p.m. Aug.
14, $29 and up.