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920,962 Visitors Attend 2012 Wisconsin State Fair

920,962 Visitors Attend 2012 Wisconsin State Fair

More than 375,000 cream puffs sold at 11-day event.

Wisconsin State Fair Park Officials are pleased to announce that the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, was a success on many levels.

Fairgoers once again came out to enjoy the new attractions and diverse entertainment as well as their favorite Fair traditions. A hot and humid start to the 11-day run gave way to a beautiful day Sunday, Aug. 5, when a record-breaking 127,883 people attended the Fair. This was the highest single day attendance in over a decade. Steady attendance for the remainder of the event, other than a rain-soaked Thursday, Aug. 9, pushed the Fair's final attendance to 920,962, a slight increase over last year's 911,231.

ATTENDANCE UP: On Sunday, Aug. 5, 127,883 people attended the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.

"We are very pleased with this year's results across the board," stated Rick Frenette, chief executive officer of Wisconsin State Fair Park. "While we did have several days of beautiful weather, attendance is also driven by the quality of the event and the memorable experiences that our visitors have each year. Our strong attendance shows that Fairgoers are passionate about the Wisconsin State Fair, and they show that passion by coming out to enjoy all that the Fair has to offer and sharing these experiences with their friends and loved ones."

The fun and excitement of the Fair seemed to grow with each passing day this year; in the end many of our partners and vendors reported great numbers as well. All in all, celebrating 161 years of Fair tradition proved to be a favorite part of many families' summer plans this year. Here are just a few fun facts from some of the most beloved Fair attractions and vendors.

Over 3,400 exhibitors participated in 2012 Fair Competitions. This includes Open and Junior Class Livestock Breed Shows as well as Horticulture, Textiles, Crafts, Culinary, Cheese, Meat, Wine, Beer and other miscellaneous competitions such as Young People's Art, Dog Diving and Rabbit Hopping.

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All three major auctions during the Fair saw increases this year. The Governor's Red, White & Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $221,500, $10,000 more than in 2011. The Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised nearly $90,000 – almost $30,000 more than in 2011. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction raised almost $35,000 vs. $28,000 in 2011. Much of the money raised at these auctions is used for youth scholarships.

Fairgoers took over 110,000 slides down the Giant Slide on their burlap sacks, as well as almost 76,000 Sky Glider trips across the Fair Park.

The Wisconsin Bakers Association sold over 375,000 Original Cream Puffs and Arctic Glacier supplied our vendors with over 561,000 lbs. of ice. Catalano's kept Fairgoers hydrated with 44,365 lemonades consumed during the 11 days. In the Wisconsin Products Pavilion the Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill sold 60,358 grilled cheese sandwiches, the Wisconsin Potato Growers served up 56,500 baked potatoes and Fairgoers enjoyed over 31,000 Usinger's Sausages.

The 2013 Wisconsin State Fair will take place Aug. 1 – 11, 2013.

Source: Wisconsin State Fair

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