Much to see during State Fair's 11-day run


August 3, 2017


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Alan Jackson will play the finale of the Wisconsin State Fair, which closes Aug. 13.

WEST ALLIS - What’s new at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, you ask?

The Wonderwheel will be seen all 11 days and nights of the fair, which runs through Aug. 13. Billed as North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel, it makes its Wisconsin debut, all 400,000 pounds and 15 stories of it.

“You might be able to see to Menomonee Falls from it, but you can’t actually see it in Menomonee Falls,” Kristin Chuckel, State Fair communications director, said.

Located on the west side of State Fair Park, it is about as tall as the grandstands, she added.

Featuring 528,000 LED lights, the Wonderwheel will be at only three fairs this year.

Among the other new attractions will be a sangria contest. All submissions feature Wisconsin wine. The Cultivating Smiling Sangria Happiness judging will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday.

On the final day, the fair will go to the dogs in a dog trick competition. The top ten tricks will be performed at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the K-9 Sports Arena.

“It’s something new and unique, and it’s also a way to get the public involved,” Chuckel said.

Animals are a big part of the fair, from cows to performing sea lions in a show.

Farm animal auctions include the 26th annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Case IH Coliseum. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction for junior exhibitors will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Case IH Coliseum.

Sometimes underrated is the music.

“We have a lot of music compared with fairs in other states,” Chuckel said. “You don’t have 30 stages of entertainment at other fairs.”

Headliners range from John Mellencamp on opening night to Alan Jackson on closing night. While the headliners are the extra, the rest of the music is free.

Admission is $12 for 12 and older; $7 for military and seniors; $7 for ages 6 through 11; and free for 5 and younger. Fairgoers under 18 entering after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by a parent 21 or older; proof of age required.

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