Fair Attractions

The Wisconsin State Fair draws more than one million visitors each year who revel in tradition and are drawn to exciting attractions like the the Giant Slide, Sky Glider, Daily Parade and more.

Visitors can see thousands of animals in numerous barns throughout Ag Village, as well as educational exhibits in the Farm & Family Building and the Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard.

Grand Champion Hall is an oasis where fairgoers will enjoy beautiful bonsais, orchids, dahlias and gladiolus along with a myriad of vegetables, textiles, canned goods, pies, cakes and more.

Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss the Wisconsin State Fair’s amusement ride and game area, SpinCity, which features more than 50 rides and 30 games.

Riding the SkyGlider

Agriculture & Exhibits

Animals

Wisconsin's largest agricultural showcase has a can't-miss line-up! Featuring animals from large and small to mature and young, visit Ag Village to see them up close and personal.

Barn Closures

Each year thousands of animals are exhibited at the Wisconsin State Fair, and most of these animals do not stay for the entire 11 days of the Fair.For the safety of the animals, exhibitors and Fairgoers, barns must be closed to allow animals to leave and the barns to be cleaned for the arrival of new animals and new exhibitors. On days the barns close early for animals to leave, certain streets in Ag Village will be closed or have limited access.

Barns & Show Rings

Over seven thousand animals will participate in judging events during the eleven days of the Wisconsin State Fair. Check out all the barns and show rings for when different types of animals will be staying in the barns and competing in the events.

Experience Agriculture

In addition to the seven thousand animals in the barns and show rings during the State Fair, there are also several agriculture exhibits aimed at teaching Fairgoers about Wisconsin's vital agriculture industry. Check out all of the awesome, hands-on experience agriculture exhibits in this list and visit them when you are at the Fair!

Horticulture Exhibits

Flowers, vegetables and herbs - oh my! Come and check out all the amazing produce in Grand Champion Hall. Don't "leaf" the Fair without exploring the bountiful harvests on display.

Textile, Craft & Culinary Exhibits

With so many creative pieces on display, the new exhibit layout showcases all the amazing, hand-crafted creations. Meander through the building and view the photos, textiles, crafts, and culinary exhibits.

Arts & Displays

Autism, Arts and Animals

They go by the names of Cactus Cat, Pig Pig, and Charlie the Roller-Skating Cheetah. These and many other imaginative and illustrative animals will be on exhibit during Autism, Art, and Animals in the lobby of the Expo Center from August 1 - 4. All work was created by students ages 8 - 18 enrolled in Islands of Brilliance, a Milwaukee nonprofit working to enrich the lives of children and young adults living with autism.

Cow-Temporary Art Walk

Back for its second year, the cow-temporary art walk features traditional favorites and new artistic creations in our outdoor gallery. Mooo-ve from one art stop to the next and take in all the inspirational pieces made of steel, wood, plant matter, traditional art, and so much more to earn a special ribbon. Pick up your Cow-Temporary punch card at the Young People’s Art Exhibit located in the lobby of the Exposition Center.

Plein Air at the Fair

On Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6, see how artists capture the State Fair on canvas. Plus, on Tuesday, stop by Exploratory Park where artists will be creating their quick paint, a mini masterpiece in under three hours. Starting Tuesday afternoon, artwork will be available for purchase at the Plein Air Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Exposition Center. Pick up a piece to add to your Fair-inspired art collection at home!

Wisconsin State Fair History Display

As you wander the paths of Exploratory Park, relax a little in the south building and dive into 168 years' worth of Wisconsin State Fair history. Featured items will include the 1919 State Fair, previous locations of the State Fair, and mounted police history. Before you leave, test your State Fair history knowledge with the history quiz.

Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Art Competition

The Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Art Competition is a way to celebrate and engage local and statewide artisan talent. This year's winning piece was created by James Steeno of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and can be purchased during the Fair at all Official FairWear locations.

Young People’s Art Exhibit

“Sowing Creativity” continues to grow strong in the Young People’s Art Exhibit after 51 years, with a record number of inspiring pieces created by youth, grades 6 – 12, from across the state. Stroll through the lobby of the Exposition Center to check out all the colorful artwork and the free make-it-take-it art area.

Youth Expo Hall & Stage

The Youth Expo Hall, located on Fifth Street and Grandstand Avenue, showcases Wisconsin youth through music and drama performances, demonstrations, style revues, activity stations, project exhibits and organizational displays. The stage will feature special performances by 4-H Drama Company and the State FFA Honors Band & Chorus.

Daily Features

Daily Parade

Check out this Fair tradition that kicks off at 2 pm daily. See the Fairest of the Fairs, your favorite street entertainers, mascots, tractors, marching bands and much more!

Exploratory Park

Take your family on an adventure through Exploratory Park! This relaxing oasis on the south side of the Fair Park features hands-on stations for kids of all ages.

Garden Walk

“Sowing Creativity” is growing by leaps and bounds in our gardens. From castles to purses to tire rims, nothing goes un-planted at the Wisconsin State Fair! Earn a special ribbon after you visit ten gardens that feature the creative containers planted by our Flower Crew. Stop by Grand Champion Hall to pick up your punch card.

Kohl’s Family Value Day & Kohl’s Activity Zone

The Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation will continue their partnership with Kohl’s Cares. The partnership features the annual Kohl’s Family Value Day on Monday, Aug. 5, which provides discounted admission to all fairgoers, the Kohl’s Activity Zone and “Fair Day” at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Fair History Display

As you wander the paths of Exploratory Park, relax a little in the south building and dive into 168 years' worth of Wisconsin State Fair history. Featured items will include the 1919 State Fair, previous locations of the State Fair, and mounted police history. Before you leave, test your State Fair history knowledge with the history quiz.

Rides & Attractions

Giant Slide

The Giant Slide has been a State Fair icon for over 50 years. Hop on a burlap sack and take a magic carpet ride. Trips down the 200 ft. slide are only $3 each. Located on Second Street at Central Avenue.

Pig Slide

Kids will love a ride down the world’s largest piggy bank. Take two trips down the slide for only $1.

SkyGlider

Don't miss this bird's-eye view of all the fun down below! One-way tickets are $5, and round-trip is $8. Tickets are available at each end of the SkyGlider near the Exposition Center and on North Grandstand Avenue near the SpinCity Entrance.

SpinCity

Don’t miss SpinCity - the Fair’s exciting Amusement Ride and Game Area! SpinCity features a super assortment of more than 50 amazing rides and attractions, including eight new rides. Thirty fun games also await all adults and children alike, complete with plenty of great chances to win fabulous prizes! The area will also offer well-shaded seating areas and plenty of delicious concessions.

WonderFair Wheel

The WonderFair Wheel is North America's largest traveling Ferris wheel. Located on the west side of State Fair Park, the WonderFair Wheel pres. by Meijer features 36 fully enclosed, brightly colored gondolas. Each gondola has a capacity of six people, and one gondola offers accessible seating. The ride time from start to finish is approx. 10 minutes, and an average of 1,100 fairgoers can ride each hour. Rides cost $6 per person.

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