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Plein Air at the Fair

Watch artists cultivate their Happiness & Joy on Monday and Tuesday as they create Fair-inspired art. Be sure to stop by the Exposition Center Lobby to see the finished products and support talented local artists by purchasing a Fair masterpiece or tiny treasure sure to nourish your art appetite.


We Energies Energy Park

Fun, safety, food, gardens, birds and more! Visit We Energies Energy Park to learn about electric and gas safety with our interactive games and exhibits. Get an identification wristband to keep your child safe at the fair. You can enjoy cooking and gardening presentations, see birds of prey up close and participate in a game show or solar car race. Energy Park is on the west side of the fair on Wetley Way at Center Street.


Young People’s Art Exhibit

This year’s exhibit features over 360 youth paintings, sculptures and drawings. You’ll be whisked away with the creative talents of today’s youth grades 6 - 12. Check out this display of creativity located in the lobby of the Exposition Center. Kids of all ages can create a free art pieces in the Make It, Take It Art Project Area.


Exploratory Park

Take your family on an adventure through Exploratory Park! This oasis on the south side of the Fair Park features hands on stations for kids of all ages. UW-Extension will offer activities to spark creativity, learn about state parks, forests and natural areas from the DNR and visit the State Fair History Exhibit.


Green & Growing Garden Walk

Cultivating happiness & joy is just one garden away on this year’s annual garden walk. Harvest planting tricks and tips are available at every flower inspiration station. Nurture your green side with over-the-top Fair floral arrangements and laughter along the way. Plus, win a prize after completing the garden walk.


Farm & Family Building

Connect with fun in the Farm & Family Building. Race a potato Porsche or carrot Camaro in the Veggie 500 and meet Alice in Dairyland. Learn about farm animals with our new life-size board game. Play Plinko, spin a big wheel or toss some bean bags to learn more about Wisconsin products and safe food for people and animals. Get tips on protecting yourself against common consumer scams. Get a special stamp on your scavenger hunt card at each game station and when you’ve filled your card, color a button to take home. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection connects with you every day.


Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard

Families will discover Wisconsin’s diverse and thriving agriculture industry through a variety of engaging activities, live demonstrations and more from 9 am-9 pm daily. Stop by and see baby farm animals, too! Located in Ag Village, east of the Farm and Family Building on Sue Wetley Court.


Horticulture, Textile, Craft & Culinary Exhibits

Cultivate happiness and joy in Grand Champion Hall (formerly the Horticulture, Craft and Culinary Pavilion), home to award-winning flowers, vegetables, photographs, pies, cakes, crafts and quilts. Happiness and joy are all around, from the exhibits on display to the culinary judging on Friday, August 4 and Sunday, August 6. Nurture your love of all things green and growing, from the precise bonsai to the gigantic dahlias, and the stately glads to the happy-go-lucky vegetable and herb show. You’re sure to leave with a smile!


Giant Slide

This Fair tradition is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Hop on a burlap sack and take a magic carpet ride. Trips down the 200 ft. slide are only $2.50 each.



Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located throughout the Park for Fairgoers’ convenience in the Exposition Center, Wisconsin Products Pavilion, corner of Grandstand Avenue and First Street, and at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street. Specially equipped portable restrooms are available at the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Bingo Casino and at the U.S. Cellular® Main Gate. A Family Restroom is located in the north lobby of the Exposition Center.

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