Wisconsin State Fair attendance up 19% this year

The Wisconsin State Fair is set for Aug. 5-15 at the fairgrounds in West Allis.
Wisconsin State Fair

Last updated on August 18th, 2022 at 01:36 pm

Attendance at the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair, which ended Sunday, totaled 1,003,450 this year, a 19% increase compared to the 2021 State Fair.

“After 171 years, the Wisconsin State Fair remains a time-honored tradition for our community and state,” said Shari Black, chief executive officer and executive director of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “The noteworthy attendance of the Wisconsin State Fair is proof that fairs continue to be a mainstay in Wisconsin summers. With another phenomenal State Fair in the books, together as a staff, we look forward to 2023.”

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $321,950; the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised more than $100,000; and the Blue Ribbon Dairy Products Auction raised $45,565. A significant portion of funds raised at these auctions benefit Wisconsin’s youth agriculture programs and provide scholarships.

The Wisconsin Bakers Association served 320,000 cream puffs to fairgoers. More than 100,000 ears of corn were served during the State Fair this year.

Gertrude’s Pretzels served nearly 13,000 Peño Pretzel Popper Brats as the first place Sporkies winner at this year’s State Fair.

Peno Pretzel Popper Brat – Gertrude’s Pretzels

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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