A world pandemic might stop traditional state fairs from happening this summer, but it's not going to stop Wisconsinites from getting their favorite fair foods.
The Fair Food Drive-Thru takes place four weekends in a row, Thursday-Sunday, starting Thursday, July 23. Dozens of vendors set up on two miles of the Milwaukee Mile and State Fair Park.
Enter at State Fair Park via Gate 9 located at South 76th Street and West Pierce Street.
Each week, the available drive-thru foods change. Week one features 11 vendor stops including The Big Cheese cheese curds, pork loin sandwiches, Island Noodles, corn dogs, Rick's Pizza – including slices of dill pickle 'za – and more. Cream Puffs will be available the third weekend.
Go here for the full list of vendors selling during the four weekends and printable maps. Drive-thru hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Gates open one hour before the drive-thru begins.
After driving thru the route this afternoon, we realized the experience is about more than the food. The chance to drive on the Milwaukee Mile and through the streets of the Fair grounds, including right past the Giant Slide, was much-needed exposure to festival fun and a reminder that it's still available in the summer of 2020 – just in a different way.
Hop in and drive the route with us:
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.