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Is cup stacking a Milwaukee tradition?
Is cup stacking a Milwaukee tradition?

Countdown to cup stacking

This is how my brain works:

As soon as June rolls around, I start to think about summer. Once I'm thinking June and summer, Summerfest immediately pops into my head. Daydreaming about the Big Gig leads me to memories of standing on bleachers on warm nights, fireworks, fried eggplant strips, late-night review writing, the SkyGlider, red wine coolers and ... cup stacking.

Cup stacking isn't a Summerfest-exclusive phenomenon, but for me, it may as well be. The vision of party people dancing around with a stack of 4 or 5 or 16 empty beer cups with a full one on top is amusing to me. I believe it serves as a visual brag of how much they've had to drink that night. If not, I don't get it at all and have a lot to learn about this festive art form. (Educate me).

I have never been a cup stacker myself, but I would miss the people who are if, for some reason, they collectively decided against the stacking of empty cups. One year, I looked for the fest-goer with the tallest stack of the evening. The "winner" was wearing light-up Mardi Gras-esque beads and had a stack of seven.

We can do better than that, Milwaukee. As long as we're not driving home, of course.

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Patty72965 | June 4, 2012 at 1:27 p.m. (report)

We have a group that goes every year. Usually any where from 8-12 of us meet for breakfast and we stack cups all day. We've been known to reach $300-$500 worth of "cups". Brad Hicks named us the "Social Stackers"!

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polishpower77 | June 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. (report)

I've stacked before, but only 1 or 2 underneath the full one, in my mind, it adds stability to the cup, and acts as a insulator as well.

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