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Wisconsin State Fair Ends on a High Note

Wisconsin State Fair Ends on a High Note

More than 900,000 attend 11-day event.

Wisconsin State Fair Park Officials are pleased to announce that the 160th Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, ended on a high note.

Hundreds of thousands of loyal Fairgoers came out to celebrate during the Fair's annual 11-day run and take advantage of family-friendly pricing, diverse entertainment and fair traditions. Mother Nature was "fairly" kind this year, offering a few hot, humid days and a couple days of light rain, but mostly beautiful blue skies and light breezes, providing Fairgoers the opportunity to enjoy all that the Fair has to offer.

"It was a tremendous Fair despite the tough start," stated Chief Executive Officer of Wisconsin State Fair Park Rick Frenette. "We are appreciative of the collaboration and efforts of the State Patrol, West Allis Police Department, and Milwaukee Police Department to assure our Fairgoers that the Fair is a safe, fun experience for our guests. We look forward to continuing to work with them for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair and beyond."

"The attendance this year shows, that more than ever our Fairgoers are passionate about the Wisconsin State Fair, and they showed amazing support for us this year," stated Patrice Harris, communications manager. "We are thrilled that each year they come out to enjoy the new things we have to offer and the traditions of the Fair – the agriculture, food, music, attractions, contests and activities."

In addition to a four percent increase in attendance, initial revenue reports reflect a significant increase of 5.6%.

2011 ATTENDANCE                                                                                                      911,231

                                                                                                                                    +4.0% over 2010


AUGUST 4                    HUNGER TASK FORCE DAY                                                     45,133             

                                    149,500 pounds of food donated to

                                    Hunger Task Force

AUGUST 5                    DISCOVERWISCONSIN.COM DAY                                            5,145 


AUGUST 8                    SPRECHER BREWING CO. $6 BEFORE 6PM                            10,047

AUGUST 9                    KOHL'S FAMILY VALUE DAY                                     27,559 Adults/ 13,073 Youth

AUGUST 11                  U.S.CELLULAR $5 after 5pm                                                     4,214


                                    COURTESY OF BUDWEISER                                                    2,162


Wisconsin Bakers Association               Original Cream Puffs                                         355,478

Artic Glacier                                          Pounds of Ice                                                   550,425

Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill                   Grilled Cheese Sandwiches                                52,143

Joey's Seafood & Grill                          Fish Tacos                                                        1,480

Wisconsin Cranberry Growers                Chocolate Covered Cranberries On a Stick                7,800

Apollo Gyros                                        Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs                 4,763

WI Cattlemen's Association                    Ribeye Sandwiches                                           16,400     

Budweiser Pavilion                               Deep Fried Beer                                      7,065 orders; 35,325 pieces

Cedar Crest Ice Cream                         Maple Bacon Sundaes                                       2,500

Mille's                                                Sausage Sandwiches                                        26,000

Brad & Harry's Cheese Curds                 Pounds of Cheese used                                    5,700


Open Exhibitors: 701

Junior Exhibitors: 1579

Miscellaneous Exhibitors (cheese, meat, dogs, etc.): 371

Textiles, Horticulture, Crafts & Culinary Exhibitors: 567

Total Number of Exhibitors: 3218 



Kids Quad Jump: 14,388

Ribbons and Plaques Awarded: over 28,000

The 2012 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place August 2 – 12,  2012. The Wisconsin State Fair offers an original experience to all that attend and is a phenomenal value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, please visit or join the conversation at and

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