By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jul 06, 2022 at 2:32 PM Photography: Wisconsin State Fair Facebook

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Somehow we've already reached July this year – but there's still plenty of great Milwaukee summer fun to be had this season, including the beloved Wisconsin State Fair making its return this year from Aug. 4-14. 

And the only thing better than heading down to the annual late summer spectacular? Heading down to the annual late summer spectacular and getting in with discounted tickets – and today, the State Fair announced several daily admission deals and promos to make exactly that happen. Here are several ways to save a little money on your way into the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair. Because remember: That's money that can go toward another cream puff inside the gates!

Thursday, Aug. 4 – Wells Fargo $5 Day

The savings start on day one of the Wisconsin State Fair, as anyone who drops off a jar of peanut butter or makes a cash donation at any ticket window between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. will receive $5 admission. Inside the fairgrounds, Hunger Task Force will take residence in Central Park with music, entertainment, activities, photo ops and samples from local dairy and food providers. 

Friday, Aug. 5 – Celebrate Wisconsin Day

The Wisconsin State Fair isn't just for Wisconsin residents! Indeed, thanks to Travel Wisconsin, any out-of-state Fair attendee can snag two admission tickets for just $17 – as opposed to the usual $34 for two tickets – by showing their out-of-state ID at any ticket window on this day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Milwaukee Bucks Kids Day

In this new promo, kids can score free State Fair admission valid for Aug. 9 by signing up for Bango's Kids Club. Then, have a slam dunk day inside the fair with all sorts off Bucks-related fun running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. – including live performances from Bucks entertainment groups, an appearance from Bango, free plays of NBA 2K, crafts on a stick and finally nab that championship photo with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. 

Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Meijer Day

Shop, then drop by the State Fair with Meijer Day. If you've got a receipt for a $45 purchase from a Wisconsin Meijer store from July 3 to Aug. 10, 2022, bring it to a State Fair ticket booth from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and save $5 on an admission ticket.

Thursday, Aug. 11 – Prairie Farms Dairy Day

Today's lesson? It pays to be a teacher as, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., educators will nab free admission (limit one per ID) to the Wisconsin State Fair by showing their school-issued ID or name badge at any ticket window. 

Sunday, Aug. 14 – Budweiser Salute the Troops Day

For its final day, the Wisconsin State Fair will salute the troops by offering free admission for veterans and active military personnel as well as their families. Just show your ID at any ticket window on Sunday, Aug. 14 and get the free admissions (up to four per ID). The celebrations continue inside the gates as Central Park will host a special military program beginning at 11 a.m., along with plenty of activities – such as a veterans and military resources expo – from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

In addition to these admission deals and promos, the Wisconsin State Fair will host a number of themed sponsor days featuring bonus activities and fun inside the grounds. Those days include:

Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sentry Foods Day

The best part of grocery shopping – free samples – is headed to the Wisconsin State Fair with Sentry Foods Day and its Sentry Taste Fest. Hosted in Central Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., this fest inside the fair will feature a dance party for kids, a mascot meet-and-greet, family activities and, of course, free food samples. As if you needed an excuse to gorge more at the State Fair

Friday, Aug. 12 – Kwik Trip Day

Make a quick trip over to the Kwik Trip display from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Central Park, featuring interactive games, prizes and more. 

For more information on all of State Fair's deals, promotions, sponsors and beyond, check out the fair's website. And for more info on the upcoming fair – such as the lineup of Sporkies and the entertainment lineups throughout the late summer classic – stay tuned to OnMilwaukee. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.