The 2016 Wisconsin State Fair will be in Milwaukee on August 4-14. Today, we will explore two of the most fun aspects of the State Fair: the food and the entertainment. As Milwaukee car accident lawyers, we will also share ideas for making one of the most difficult parts of Fair attendance (parking) a little easier and safer.
State Fair Food: YOU Be The Judge
One of the best things about the fair is always the food. Whether you want to revisit old favorites or try something new, there is an option for you. Working as a car accident lawyer in Milwaukee for more than 30 years, I have enjoyed a lot of the creative culinary choices at the Fair. Wisconsin Foodie explored many of the State Fair’s special offerings last year, and in 2016, the Wisconsin State Fair will be offering more than 80 new food and beverage options for fairgoers to sample, including beersicles and a deep-fried Old Fashioned.
How can you compare and even choose favorites among all of the great fair food? One contest that attempts to do just that is The Sporkies, Wisconsin State Fair's fourth annual food competition. This year's competition had 26 entries, with eight making it to the final round:
- The Chili-Mac Bottom Pizza – Brew City
- Deep-Fried Ol' Fashioned – Water Street Brewery
- Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich – Slim's Lakefront Brew Pub and Eatery
- Fiesta Cookie Dough – Cookie Dough Fondue
- Klement's Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog – Bavarian Haus
- Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger – Exotic Meat Grill
- Root Beer Float Cake – Sprecher Root Beer Everything
- Thanksgiving Day Burrito – Mexican Grill
Want to be a Sporkies judge? It’s easy - simply show that you are a true Wisconsin food fanatic by sharing a photo you’ve taken on Instagram or Twitter, using hashtag #Sporkies2016, and also include one sentence explaining why you want to be a judge of The Sporkies.
On your way to eat all of that amazing fair food, consider helping the hungry in our community at the same time. On Thursday August 4th you can get fair entry before 4pm for only $2 dollars when you donate at least two non-perishable food items or make a cash donation outside any Fair admission entrance. These donations will benefit the Hunger Task Force.
Entertainment Options Beyond The Expected
There are endless entertainment options at the Wisconsin State Fair beyond the big-ticket acts with more than 30 stages hosting free live music. After you have danced off some of those root beer float cake calories, check out the talented people (and animals) from all over our state. We all love seeing the prize pigs and dramatic draft horses at the State Fair, but there are some lesser-known fair attractions that you can’t miss. View canine sports like dog diving and pole weaving on August 4-15th, or check out the banjo, fiddle, and even physique competitions. Here are a few other must-visit exhibits and activities:
- After you have seen the state’s largest zucchini, check out the entries in the home brewed beer and wine competition.
- Learn about the history of the Wisconsin State Fair with the “Acts, Ads, Admissions and Arts” historic display in the south end of the Exposition Center.
- Look for the Plein Air (French for painting in the “open air”) artists working at the Fair on Monday, August 8, and Tuesday, August 9. You can support their favorite artists by taking home a Plein Air artwork after judging is done on Tuesday, August 9 in the Exposition Center Lobby.
- Ready to get creative yourself? The Kohl’s Activity Zone offers interactive activities for families. Located on South Grandstand Avenue, kid and parents can enjoy educational, art and theater activities.
How to Spend Nothing on Parking at the Wisconsin State Fair
More than one million people attended the Wisconsin State Fair last year, so it’s not a surprise that getting there and getting away can take some extra effort. If you want to avoid driving and parking yourself, you have several options:
- Milwaukee County Transit System offers Freeway Flyer and shuttle service for every day of the Wisconsin State Fair. You can park at the specified Park N’ Ride lots and catch a Freeway Flyer to and from the State Fair, or you can park at the Watertown Plank Park N’ Ride lot and ride the designated shuttle to State Fair. The Freeway Flyer and shuttle service starts one half hour before the Fair opens, and ends one half hour after the Fair closes.
- Local MCTS bus routes also offer service to State Fair Park. Route 23 (Fond du Lac-National/State Fair) operates special daily local service between Wisconsin Ave. and Gate 4. Local service to State Fair Park is also available on Routes 56 (Greenfield Ave.), 67 (N. 76th – S. 84th) and 76 (N. 60th – S. 70th).
- Wisconsin Coach Lines offers a state fair shuttle that picks up and drops off from the Highway 83 Park N’ Ride in Delafield, the Highway G Park N’ Ride in Pewaukee, and the Goerkes Corners Park N’ Ride in Brookfield.
- GO Riteway offers daily round-trip shuttle service from the Richfield Park N’ Ride Lot at US 41/Pioneer Road, and the Life Church parking lot in Germantown Center at Mequon Road and Squire Drive.
- Kelly’s Bleachers, located at 5218 W Bluemound Road, offers a shuttle for every day of the State Fair.
Did we miss your favorite part of the State Fair, or do you have a convenient way to get to the fair? Let us know today!
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