Wisconsin State Fair offers 11 days of fun

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CENTRAL WISCONSIN - There is no end to all the ways that you can join the experience of the 2006 Wisconsin State Fair!

This year, from August 3-13, the Wisconsin State Fair will offer 11 action-packed days and nearly 200 acres of fun for the nearly one million people who pass through our gates.

State Fair Park is centrally located off of I-94 for surrounding cities and suburbs of Wisconsin and only 90 miles from our neighbors in Chicago making it easy for everyone to join the excitement.

If agriculture is your thing, make sure and visit the animals in the Rabbit and Poultry Palace, Double-Decker Horse Barn, and all the critters waiting for you to stop by.

Think your stomach can take on the Fair? Try each and every one of the 40 foods-ona-stick as you graze through the 200 acres. Give your best moo, see how fast you can eat a Cream Puff or marvel at the beautiful handiwork of the quilts and other displays in the WI Expo Center.

Whatever it is that you fancy, you'll find it during the summer premier family event in Wisconsin, August 3-13!

Grab your cowboy hat or brush out your big hair, but don't miss the exciting lineup on the Miller Lite Main Stage. No matter what your favorite music genre is, the Miller Lite Main Stage has a variety of national headliners from Trace Adkins to Peter Frampton to Raven-Symone to Michael W. Smith.

Remember to keep your eyes open for fascinating street performers, including jugglers and stilt walkers, that will razzle and dazzle you each day of the Fair as the stroll through the Park.

Everyone loves a parade! The parade steps off each day at 3 p.m. with performers, horses, bands, cars, and tractors.

Since 1924, the Wisconsin Bakers Association has used its special recipe to make the Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs.

The Fair experience would not be complete without a stop at the Cream Puff Parlor, located in the Master Spa Pavilion next to Central Mall, to pick up a 6-pack “To Go” box.

If you're still hungry, you can always pick up a box of Blue Ribbon Brownies, a chocolate lover's slice of heaven, which can also be found in the Cream Puff Parlor.

If you've still got room for more Fair foods, tempt your taste buds with mouth-watering, buttery roasted corn, baked potatoes, pork chop sandwiches, or bison burgers.

Of course, there are new taste sensations to experience as you devour delicious dishes throughout the Fair at Miller Lite Sports Bar and Grill, Slim McGinn's Irish Pub, Water Street Brewery/Brew City, Gramma Honey's Mini Cinni, and more.

The 2006 Fair will feature fun foods including wrap sandwiches, potato balls, and savory dishes from around the world. Be sure to stop by Mille's Italian Sausage Stand to have an Italian Sausage and congratulate them on 75 years at the Fair!

There's always something ag-citing going at the Fair! NEW for the Fair this year is the Wisconsin State Fair Day Camp that offers urban youth a whole new look at the Fair with behind the scenes tours, a ride down the Giant Slide, t-shirt printing and more.

A visit to the Fair wouldn't be right without stopping in Agricultural Village's double-deck Livestock Barn, which is home to horses and the Foremost Farms USA state-of-the-art milking parlor. Fairgoers can see baby animals in the Birthing Barn, check out the educational booths, including the House of Moo, in the barns and see youth exhibits, auctions, and entertainment in Ag Oasis including Cheese Sculpting.

Get ready to spend some big money or at least watch others as champion beef, swine and sheep are sold in the prestigious Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction. The event is hosted by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle on Wednesday, August 9.

The bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Coliseum. Wisconsin's Circus History adds to the Fair experience as the talented staff from Circus World Museum, located in Baraboo, Wis., produces the Circus Celebration - “East Meets West,” presented by Toyota.

With over three acres of sensational shows, astounding activities, and exciting exhibits, this top emphasizes Wisconsin's circus heritage and Wisconsin State Fair's own Circus History.

Kids…let your imaginations run wild at Circus World's popular interactive experience, “KidsWorld Circus” presented by Guaranty Bank where our host “Mr. Circus” will lead children through the process of inventing the acts for their own circus performances producing hilarious results.

Marvel at the ornate, hand-carved wagons that will also be on display. This one-of-a-kind circus will be raising the traditional big top and firing up the calliope to offer Fair guests unique international circus performances.

Circus Celebration is a must-see with six free daily performances run at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30 p.m.

The new Charcoal Grill Big Backyard has something for everyone. Kids, be sure and make a stop at the Kiddie Adventure Area complete with the Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Music on the Move Plus Fun Zone, Alliant Energy Family Variety Stage and the BMX Park.

Don't forget everyone's favorite Saz's and Old Wisconsin Racing Pigs! Each little piggy will run as fast as their little legs can carry them to get that cookie! Watch these pigs hog the spotlight five times a day in the Racing Pigs Arena located across the street from Saz's Ribs.

When the Fair heats up, literally, you can cool down in the air-conditioned 200,000 square-foot Expo Center. Shop-a-holics can browse through more than 400 vendors in the Expo Center. If you are feeling lucky, grab your daubers and play Potawatomi bingo near the south end of the Expo, or burn some calories at the Expo Energy Zone by climbing the indoor rock wall.

Visit the Textile and Craft display, in its new home located in the northeast corner of the Expo Center near the Wisconsin State Fair Park Museum, to admire thousands of handcrafted items such as quilts, socks, hats and much more. Check out the Young People's Art Exhibit where there are hundreds of pieces of artwork by children grades 6-12 throughout the entire state on display or if the Expo Center isn't cool enough for you, head over to the Pettit Center's Cool Zone where there are hot activities on the ice including free skating sessions, meeting with US Olympians, skating with mascots, and Cream Puff Curling.

The “Cash and Cabin” Giveaway is new for the 2006 Wisconsin State Fair.

This year, Turn Key Homes will be building a cozy cabin that you can win as the Grand Prize along with $30,000 cash or you could choose to simply walk away with $50,000 cash!

The “Cash and Cabin” Grand Prize will be raffled off on the last day of the Fair, Sunday, August 13, at 6 p.m. in front of the Cabin.

You can purchase $10 raffle tickets online at wistatefair.com or at the Wisconsin State Fair Box Office located at the U.S. Cellular Main Gate, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New for the Fair, raffle tickets sold will include a coupon for free fair admission, an $8 value, valid on the last day of the fair, Sunday, August 13. Proceeds benefit the Spinal Cord Injury Center located at Froedtert Hospital.

The Wisconsin State Fair remains reasonably priced for families and other groups of visitors with a modest price of admission.

The Box Office is located at the U.S. Cellular Main Gate (east of the Pettit National Ice Center, enter Gate 6), open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. General admission tickets purchased at the gate are $8 for adults, $3 for youth (ages 7-11), and children under 6 and under are always free.

Fairgoers with disabilities and senior citizens (60 and older) receive a discount admission price of $6.

For the most up-to-date information and other discounts and promotions as well as other events held at Wisconsin State Fair Park, call our recorded information line at 1-800-884-FAIR or visit us online at wistatefair.com.

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