By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Aug 04, 2022 at 9:31 AM Photography: Dan Garcia

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The Wisconsin State Fair begins today, and hopefully you've planned which Sporkies you want to dig into, which rides to try and which acts you want to rock out to. But don't forget one of the most important preparations: knowing what you can and cannot bring into the grounds these next several days, so you don't cause a security logjam. 

The State Fair recently announced its safety and security policies and procedures for the summer classic, including vehicle barriers to guide and define traffic coming in. Arguably the most important policies for attendees, though, are the rules regarding what people can and cannot bring inside the fair – including a new bag policy for 2022. 

For anyone visiting the State Fair, all bags and purses must be smaller than 9"x10"x12", save for an exception for diaper bags. Messenger or camera bags as well as hard-sided coolers will not be allowed in as well. If you bring a bag that's not allowed, it must be returned to your vehicle or home since State Fair will not have lockers available for storage – and any confiscated prohibited items will not be returned. 

In addition to bags smaller than the size restriction, the following items are allowed on the State Fair grounds:

  • Collapsible or telescopic umbrellas (but not at the main stage)
  • Strollers or wagons
  • Small cameras (professional-grade cameras or video equipment is only allowed with proper media credential)
  • One (1) sealed water bottle per person
  • Soft-sided coolers for infant/family need or dietary need
  • Backpacks used as diaper bags

On the other hand, items that are not allowed on the fairgrounds include:

  • Illegal drugs/substances and paraphernalia
  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Weapons or anything that could be used as such
  • Fireworks, sparklers or explosives
  • Camelback-style hydration packs
  • Large stick or golf umbrellas
  • Picnic baskets
  • Outside food (unless for infants or specific dietary needs)
  • Glass bottles
  • Aerosol cans
  • Alcohol
  • Drones
  • Pets (unless a service animal)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs
  • Banners or flags on poles
  • Laser pointers
  • Lawn chairs
  • Skateboards, hoverboards, electric scooters or skates
  • Bicycles, tricycles and unicycles
  • Hula hoops
  • Stadium seats

For more information on the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair's policies and prohibited items, visit their website. And for more info and updates on the late summer spectacular, 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.