Which will you try? Eight finalists selected for 4th annual State Fair “Sporkies” competition

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WEST ALLIS — Wisconsin State Fair officials say eight finalists have been selected from 26 entries for the fair’s fourth annual “Sporkies” food competition.

A panel of local celebrity judges – with some help from fairgoers – will choose the recipients of four Golden Spork Awards during this year’s Wisconsin State Fairwhich will take place Thursday, August 4th – Sunday, August 14th.

The eight pre-selected finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place.

Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10th at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater.

Celebrity judges this year include:

  • Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler
  • Milwaukee Radio Veteran Steve Palec
  • Happy Days stars Donny Most and Anson Williams

State Fair officials say again this year, one lucky fairgoer will have the opportunity to sit alongside the celebrity panel and taste-test the final creations as a guest judge.

Interested foodies will be able to enter the contest starting July 12th via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Sporkies2016. Entries must be completed by August 3rd.

Fair guests are encouraged to participate in the judging during the fair by sampling all of The Sporkies entries and voting for their favorites to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers’ Fave.

Voting can be done on Facebook via a voting app, on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FairgoersFave, or at the Guest Services Pavilion located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.

Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be open from Thursday, August 4th – Tuesday, August 9th, and the entry with the most votes will also be awarded a Golden Spork Trophy during the final judging on August 10th.

A 13-foot spork trophy will be displayed at Sporkies finalist location and all vendors who entered will feature a poster at their fair location(s).

All food items entered will also be available for purchase during the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.

Finalists are pictured below:

Water Street Brewery: Deep Fried Ol' Fashioned

Water Street Brewery: Deep Fried Ol’ Fashioned

Sprecher Root Beer: Everything Root Beer Float Cake

Sprecher Root Beer: Everything Root Beer Float Cake

Saz's Bavarian Haus Klement's Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog

Saz’s Bavarian Haus: Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog

McZars Lakefront: Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

McZars Lakefront: Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

DT Concessions Fiesta Cookie Dough: Cookie Dough Fondue

DT Concessions Fiesta Cookie Dough: Cookie Dough Fondue

Bryan's Concessions Mexican Grill: Thanksgiving Day Burrito

Bryan’s Concessions Mexican Grill: Thanksgiving Day Burrito

Brew City Pizza: Chili Mac Bottom Pizza

Brew City Pizza: Chili Mac Bottom Pizza

All Things Jerky Exotic Meat Grill: Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

All Things Jerky Exotic Meat Grill: Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

Finalists are BOLD below with a complete list of Sporkies entries:

SPORKIES ENTRY VENDOR
50 Yarder On-a-Stick Emma’s Cookie Kitchen
Bacon Pork Burger Pork Schoppe
Banana Split Cheesecake Square Aggie’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
Blue Moon Marinated Pork Tacos with Garlic Parmesan Fries Tavern at the Park
Caramel Apple Hard Cider Float Slim McGinn’s Irish Pub
The Chili-Mac Bottom Pizza Brew City
Cookies & Cream Mini Donuts The Donut Family
Crabby Lobster Melt Tropics at the Fair
Deep-Fried Bread Pudding Bites On-a-Stick Saz’s Ribs
Deep-Fried Ol’ Fashioned Water Street Brewery
Door County Surf & Turf On-a-Stick Door County Fish Boil
Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub and Eatery
Fiesta Cookie Dough Cookie Dough Fondue
Hefe Weiss Cake Sprecher Landing
Jerky Cheese Fries Exotic Meat Grill
Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog Bavarian Haus
Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger Exotic Meat Grill
Muddy Martian Ice Cream Cedar Crest Ice Cream
Not Your Father’s Fish Tacos Slim’s PBR Park
Raw Oyster Shooter Joey’s Seafood
Red Velvet Cake Milkshake Hand Dipped Ice Cream
Root Beer Float Cake Sprecher Root Beer Everything
Texas Tater Tots Tropics at the Fair
Thank-full Chicken Sandwich Rupena’s
Thanksgiving Day Burrito Mexican Grill
Twisted Turtle Donut Sprecher Landing