According to a news release from fair officials, vendors will compete for one of four Golden Spork trophies as part of the sixth annual competition.
Eight finalists have been selected from 31 entries, and a panel of local celebrity judges -- with some help from fairgoers -- will choose the winners at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Associated Bank Amphitheater.
The finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place.
You are encouraged to participate in judging during the fair by sampling all of the Sporkies entries and voting for your favorite. The entry with the most votes will receive the Sporkies trophy for Fairgoers’ Fave. Votes can be cast via Facebook voting app, Twitter and Instagram using #FairgoersFave, text message keyword, or paper ballot at the Guest Services Pavilion, located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.
Voting for the #FairgoersFave will be open from Thursday, Aug. 2 – Tuesday, Aug. 7.
All food items entered will be available for purchase during the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair.
A 13-ft. spork will be displayed at all Sporkies finalists’ locations and all vendors who entered will display a poster at their fair location(s).
The 2018 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis. Thursday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 12.
Below is a list of finalists:
- Deep-fried spinach lasagna bites -- Albanese's Roadhouse
- Deep-fried turducken on-a-stick -- Water Street Brewery
- French onion soup on-a-stick -- Slim's PBR Park
- Pig candy cannoli -- Brew City
- Saz's breakfast bombs -- Saz's Taste of Wisconsin
- PorkSTACular -- Budweiser Pavilion
- WI hot chicken bombs -- Water Street Brewery
- S'mores beer float -- Slim McGinn's Irish Pub
Below is a list of other Sporkies entries:
- Ants on-a-stick -- All Things Jerky
- Bacon jam and brie burger -- Blue Moon Tavern at the Park
- Bacon-wrapped pork on a stick -- Pork Schoppe
- Beerana foster shake -- Slim's Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery
- Brat-chos -- Big Sky Country Bar & Grill
- Breakfast waffle sandwich -- Siggy's Goumet Grilled Cheese
- Buffalo sliders with blue cheese slaw -- Blue Moon Tavern at the Park
- Cinna-roll mini donuts -- The Donut Family
- Desert heat burger (world's hottest camel cheeseburger) -- Exotic Meat Grill
- Flammin' hot Asian burrito -- Mexican Grill
- Flammin' hot corn on the cob -- Slim's PBR Park
- Ice cream s'mores quesadilla -- Mexican Grill
- Mango madness -- Caribbean Smoothees
- Pig boy (with beer-battered fries or slaw) -- Slim's Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery
- Pina colada shrimp on-a-stick -- Door County Fish Boil
- Pretzel brat covered in sauerkraut and bacon -- Getrude's Pretzels
- Sheboygan bratchos -- Sheboygan Brat Haus
- Sloppy joeys -- Exotic Meat Grill
- Smashed blackberry and goat cheese bagel -- Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products
- Sweet tots -- Knucklehead
- Vegetarian wings on-a-stick -- Slim McGinn's Irish Pub
- Wisconsin dog -- Siggy's Wild Dogs Saloon
- Wrecking balls -- Rupena's