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Wait, there are THREE Wisconsin State Fairs?! Image

Wait, there are THREE Wisconsin State Fairs?!

Published Tuesday, Aug. 11

It makes sense if you think about it, but it was news to me that Wisconsin has three - not one - annual State Fair. And just because I hadn't heard of them doesn't mean the Northern Wisconsin State Fair and the Central Wisconsin State Fair are newbies.

Confederate flag won't be sold at State Fair Image

Confederate flag won't be sold at State Fair

Published Tuesday, Aug. 11

I was afraid Wisconsin State Fair might sell some "Stars and Bars" stuff this year, but my concerns have been put to rest: according to Kristi Chuckel, Communications and Marketing Manager, you won't find any Confederate flag merch at the fair.

Registration opens for the 2016 Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Run Image

Registration opens for the 2016 Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Run

Published Monday, Aug. 10

This morning, the Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Run announced that the 2016 race - once again featuring a half marathon, a quarter marathon and a 5k route - will take place on June 11 beginning at 7 a.m. In addition, registration for the 2016 Rock 'n Sole Run is now open at the event's website.

No bull: State Fair serves up deep-fried testicles Image

No bull: State Fair serves up deep-fried testicles

Published Sunday, Aug. 9

Every year, the Wisconsin State Fair has numerous adventuresome new foods, from chocolate-smothered bacon to deep-fried butter. This year, Big Sky Bar & Grill, located at Third and Central Streets on the north end of the fair grounds, gets the blue ribbon for the fair's boldest grub.

Making Paddy McFest: The creation of the iconic Irish Fest leprechaun logo Image

Making Paddy McFest: The creation of the iconic Irish Fest leprechaun logo

Published Saturday, Aug. 8

As the 35th anniversary of Irish Fest approaches, one icon that is hard to escape in Milwaukee - and in many ways nationally - is its official logo: the smiling leprechaun known today as Paddy McFest. But Paddy's development, like other symbols of the Fest, did not come easily, since within the Irish community - and certainly within Ireland - there has long been debate on the way the country and its culture are presented to the world at large.

The Bronx Wanderers roam around, around, around into Festa Italiana Image

The Bronx Wanderers roam around, around, around into Festa Italiana

Published Friday, July 17

Every band has at least a small group of devoted fans cheering it on and supporting it on its way to the spotlight. The retro "nu-wop" family band The Bronx Wanderers, coming to Festa Italiana this weekend, is no different - except some of those devoted fans just happen to be entertainment icons from their hometown neighborhood, including Dion DiMucci, Tony Orlando and Oscar-nominated actors Chazz Palminteri and Danny Aiello.

Festa Italiana brings a Roman landmark to the Milwaukee lakefront Image

Festa Italiana brings a Roman landmark to the Milwaukee lakefront

Published Wednesday, July 15

When Festa Italiana starts up this Friday at Henry Maier Festival Park, many will flock down to the lakefront to gulp down some real authentic Italian food and wine. Yet some of the most revered tastes of Italian culture coming to town this weekend are wholly inedible: the lovingly crafted and almost identical replicas of the country's most famous sites - this year including a 50-foot duplicate of the iconic Trevi Fountain.

Asia Fest serves up diversity Image

Asia Fest serves up diversity

Published Monday, July 13

A new beginning for the Asian ethnic festival, Asia Fest opens for the first year with delicious food and a wide variety of cultural acts.

My fastest laps Image

My fastest laps

Published Sunday, July 12

A decade ago, I took a spin around the Milwaukee Mile in a special two-seat IndyCar. I did it again this morning, and it was even better.

How I spent my Fourth of July Image

How I spent my Fourth of July

Published Thursday, July 9

Sparklers and roasted marshmallows - two steadfast Independence Day traditions. Why not combine them?