The Wisconsin State Fair 2016 has been a summertime staple for generations. Over the years, the festival is grown from a simple agricultural showcase into a full collection of concerts, entertainment, and fun. Since it’s held in America’s Dairyland State, there’s still plenty of agriculture to celebrate—and some of the best cheese on earth. The Wisconsin State Fair food has become legendary for good reason.
Wisconsin State Fair History and Facts
The Wisconsin State Fair, held for ten days in August, has come a long way from the first festival in 1851. It started in Janesville and moved around from town to town before moving to its current location in West Allis in 1892. The first happening attracted around 13,000 people. In the years since, the state fair has grown into one of the premiere entries on the list of Wisconsin events. In every year, the Wisconsin State Fair food has been one of the biggest draws, along with Summerfest in July.
Tickets to the Wisconsin State Fair
Admission to the Wisconsin Fairgrounds costs about the same as seeing a movie, with discounts available for seniors (age 60 and above) and kids age 6 to 12. Anyone under the age of 6 can visit for free. Other discounts are offered to military veterans, and coupon books, available for a few dollars, provide hundreds of dollars of savings throughout the fairgrounds. You can grab breakfast, a hearty meal, and plenty of food on a stick during the fun fair.
Directions to the Wisconsin Fairgrounds
The fairgrounds are located at 640 South 84th Street in West Allis, just minutes from Milwaukee. If you’re coming from the west on Interstate 94, go past the 84th Street exit. From the right lane, take the 68th/70th Street exit. Then turn left on 68th and left on Conner until you reach 76th Street. Take one more left and head to the gate at the Wisconsin Fairgrounds.
If you’re coming from Chicago and points south, take I-94 north; in downtown Milwaukee, I-94 turns into I-94 west towards Madison. Once you get to the 68th/70th Street exit, go west on Connor Street and turn left on 76th Street to the gate.
From the southwest, it’s best to take the I-894 bypass until the National Avenue exit. Turn right onto National until you reach 84th street and the Wisconsin State Fair 2016.
Lodging near the Wisconsin State Fair
A host of downtown Milwaukee hotels are located within five miles of the fairgrounds—available to suit everyone from budget travelers to luxury buffs. The Rodeway Inn & Suites at 4400 South 27th Street, is just under five miles away, and close to Miller Park and the Milwaukee Airport. The 46-room property features and indoor heated pool as well as complimentary breakfast and high-speed wireless Internet access. All the rooms have kitchenettes, and some of the suites have whirlpool tubs.
The Best Western Inn Towne Hotel at 710 North Old World 3rd Street is nestled in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic district, minutes from the Wisconsin Fairgrounds. Guests are treated to all the modern conveniences in each of the 100 guestrooms and suites, including in-room microwaves, wireless, and satellite TV. The non-smoking hotel also has a fitness center and continental breakfast served every morning until 9:30 a.m. You’ll want to eat light before enjoying all that Wisconsin State Fair food.
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