Reader Reaction: Which State Fair Food Were You Brave Enough to Try?

More than 375,000 cream puffs were purchased at the Wisconsin State Fair this year — were you one of those to buy one, or what other "unique" foods did you try?

The Wisconsin State Fair hit an attendance high that it hasn't surpassed in a decade.

The first Sunday of the fair, Aug. 5, attendance hit 127,833 people — which is the highest single-day attendance in more than a decade, according to a press release from organizers.

In all, 920,962 people visited the fair between Aug. 2 and Aug. 11, which is about 10,000 more people than last year.

Check out the prevailing purchases at the fair this year:

  • The Wisconsin Bakers Association sold over 375,000 original cream puffs;
  • Arctic Glacier supplied vendors with more than 561,000 pounds of ice;
  • Catalano’s sold 44,365 lemonades;
  • Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill sold 60,358 grilled cheese sandwiches from the inside the Wisconsin Products Pavilio;
  • The Wisconsin Potato Growers served up 56,500 baked potatoes;
  • and Fairgoers enjoyed over 31,000 Usinger’s Sausages.

In all, 57 new food options were offered at the fair, including:

  • Deluxe Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Hot Dog On-a-Stick (Apollo Gyros)
  • Fat Elvis On-a-Stick (Peanut Butter Cup in Banana Batter with Bacon) (Lakefront Brewery)
  • Firecracker Chicken On-a-Stick (Mesquite Jalapeno Cornbread Batter-Fried Chicken On-a-Stick) (Machine Shed)
  • Pork Donut (Sugared Bismark Stuffed with BBQ Pork) (Madison Sportservice)
  • Beer Floats (Craft/Import Beer and Ice Cream) (Slim McGinn's Irish Pub, Slim McGinn's West and Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery)

What did you try at the fair?

Tell us in the comments, and upload your photos to this article!

Lisa Sink August 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Wish I had a beer float right now.
Sarah Millard August 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I love State Fair too much!!! I didn't try anything new this year. Baked potato was amazing, as were the fried Oreos (so much goodness), cheesecake on a stick, smore on stick, fried Snickers, etc. Thankfully we go with a big group and everyone shares or you'd be rolling me down the streets of Waukesha....
Lyssa Beyer August 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Lisa, good call. I wonder if there is somewhere in the Milwaukee area where you can get those year-round. There HAS to be!
Bob McBride August 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I would think just about any restaurant with beer and and an ice cream machine could make one for you (never had one, but I assume that's the extent of the ingredients).


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