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There's much more to the Wisconsin State Fair than cream puffs. (PHOTO: Wisconsin State Fair)

State Fair: Aug. 6-16



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Is there anything quite like the Wisconsin State Fair to cool down the dog days of August? For more than 160 years, Milwaukeeans have flocked to the fair to see the best of Wisconsin food, farm animals and entertainment.

As always, the Exposition Center will feature Wisconsin-centered exhibits as well as hundreds of vendors with almost every product imaginable – and air conditioning, of course.

And don't forget the cream puffs. No State Fair experience is complete without them, but you'll definitely want to save room for the deep-fried items, the food on a stick and, of course, the beer.

Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis

When: Aug. 6-16. Sunday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 8 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, Aug. 12: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Ticket info: Adults (12-59): $12; seniors (60+): $7; military and veterans with I.D.: $7; youth: (6-11): $6; children (5 and under): Free.

Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian age 21 or older after 5 p.m. Advance purchase discounts and other deals are listed on the website.

The skinny on cream puffs: Because they really do deserve their own subheading. You can always get your fill by attending the fair and visiting the Original Cream Puff Pavilion or its two satellite locations inside the park, or you can take advantage of the cream puff drive-thru inside Gate 6 near the U.S. Cellular Main Gate every day of the Fair from 6 to 8 a.m. Remember that all orders must be placed 24 hours in advance by calling the Cream Puff hotline at 414-266-7111.

Food & Drink: Aside from the cream puffs? Odds are you'll find something to tickle your tastebuds. You can get almost anything deep-fried or on a stick from Cajun frog legs to cookie batter.

If you're not looking forward to paying big bucks for big flavor, check out Crazy Grazin' Day when vendors will feature reduced-priced menu items. Another way to see savings is by purchasing the Wisconsin State Fair souvenir cup available from over 100 food and beverage vendors for only $5; refills with your favorite Coca-Cola product are only $2.

Highlights: During the day, there's a full line-up of exhibits and events, pig races, food demonstrations, the Giant Slide, jugglers, kids' activities and live bands.

Music: And when the sun goes down, the stars come out. State Fair has an exciting and eclectic entertainment roster this year, featuring beloved acts from the '60s and '90s right up to popular artists of today. Here's a brief overview of some of the headliners:

Boston opens the fair on Aug. 6. Other headliners this year include Jason Derulo, Chris Young, Casting Crowns, Nik Wallenda, Justin Moore, John Kay and Steppenwolf and Kenny Rogers.

On Aug. 15 '80s rock fans can take part in a revival with Hair at the Fair, featuring metal, head-banging artists Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Kix and Lynch Mob.

For more information, visit wistatefair.com


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