WEST ALLIS -- Just as the sun was rising on Tuesday, July 31st, cars began lining up and people waited to get their hands on a State Fair tradition -- cream puffs! The gates open for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair on Thursday, August 2nd, but cream puff enthusiast Tim Wolfman was first to the scene Tuesday, eager to savor the treats early.
"They`re the best in the world. They make them fresh and there is no better taste," Wolfman said.
600 lucky people won a box of free cream puffs by entering a contest on fox6now.com.
"My eyes lit up, believe me, because I never win anything. I could not wait until today," cream puff giveaway winner Sharon Nelson said.
From 6 until 8 Tuesday morning, hundreds rolled up to get their box of dairy deliciousness.
"It`s been a steady crowd all morning long. The greatest crowd we've seen so far in all of the years we've been doing this," Dave Schmidt with the Wisconsin Bakers Association said.
Although all cream puffs are created equal, everybody seems to have their own technique as to how to eat them.
"Take it apart -- start from the inside and work my way out," winner Anissia Robertson said.
Some just take a big old bite!
"You get the cream and the crustiness of the outside and the powered sugar on the top. You get it all mixed up," winner Brandon Pahule said.
About 52 cream puffs are sold every minute during State Fair's 11-day run.
"Everybody just enjoys them. They love to share them, and they love to eat them on their own. It`s just the fun of the fair," Kathleen O'Leary with Wisconsin State Fair Park said.
There are several cream puff locations on the grounds during the State Fair. Orders can be placed for pickup by calling (414)266-7111.
In addition, The Cream Puff Drive-Thru has a NEW LOCATION which can be accessed via RIGHT HAND TURNS into Gate 6 (near the Pettit National Ice Center) and via Gate 8 on 76th Street. The Cream Puff Drive Thru will be visible in the parking lot across from the U.S. Cellular Main Gate.
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