WISCONSIN STATE FAIR PARK MISSION: To provide a leading venue for agricultural, exhibition, entertainment, cultural and educational uses for the purpose of enhancing economic and social benefits to the state of Wisconsin, its residents and visitors.
Wisconsin State Fair Park is a place where visitors create memories that transcend generations. The nearly 200-acre Fair Park is a year-round entertainment venue hosting activities, events, meetings and more throughout the four seasons. Home to the Exposition Center, Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center, Milwaukee Mile Speedway, Products Pavilion and many other facilities, hundreds of events are held on the fairgrounds each year.
The Fair Park is situated in both West Allis and Milwaukee. As an agency of the state of Wisconsin, the State Fair Park Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for the Park and to the staff of the Fair Park while day-to-day operation and programming of the venue are the responsibility of the staff. The board is comprised of 13 individuals representing various communities, industries, and members of our state legislature. The board is led by a Chairperson who is appointed by the Governor. As a revenue generating agency, the Fair does not receive any direct taxpayer subsidies, although the Fair Park is allocated some benefits and support from the state’s Building Commission for capital improvements and repairs.
Perhaps the most notable and certainly the signature event at the fairgrounds, the Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, annually welcomes over one million Fairgoers over the course of its 11-day run. The Fair is an entertainment extravaganza and is one of the state’s most affordable entertainment options of the summer. The grounds feature an Ag Village where Fairgoers can enjoy an average of 6,000-8,000 animals on display and in competition. Wisconsin’s largest agricultural showcase is rounded out with educational programs on agriculture and renewable energy, milking demonstrations and much more. Agricultural products made in Wisconsin are available in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion where Fairgoers can learn more about what’s made in our fine state as well as purchase a plethora of products to eat on-site or take home for later. Horticulture, craft, textile and culinary competitions and displays are found in the Horticulture Building that is filled to the brim with beautiful creations for all to see.
More than 200 food vendors are sprinkled throughout the Park featuring everything to please your palate from Americana, Asian and Greek to Italian, Mexican and Polish. Our world famous and delectably delicious Cream Puffs are a treat hundreds of thousands look forward to all year and are sold individually, in three-packs and six-packs!
There’s no shortage of entertainment offerings with 30 FREE stages highlighting a broad range of genres including country, rock, pop, R&B, nostalgia, comedy and so much more. There’s also plenty of interactive and educational entertainment on stages focused just on families. The granddaddy of all the stages is the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Main Stage, placing the spotlight on some of the bigger names in entertainment.
A shopper’s paradise is another way many experience the Fair. With multiple marketplaces featuring over 700 vendors who provide every imaginable type of jewelry, ware, home good and product, the Fair is a shopper’s delight! In addition to shopping, activities and attractions can be found throughout the grounds and include the SpinCity amusement ride and game area, the sky glider that will take you for a ride over the grounds, a giant slide that will elicit joyous giggles from all who ride it, a Central Park bustling with activity and so much more.
In addition to the Wisconsin State Fair, there are hundreds of events that occur at the Fair Park, including Harvest Fair, a free event for the community to celebrate and enjoy the arrival of Fall. A sampling of other events held at the Park include MetroParent’s KIDSfest, the REALTORS® Home and Garden Show and the Sports Show.