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‘It’s just community:’ Wisconsin State Fair invites newcomers, park pros alike to enjoy summer fun

WEST ALLIS -- Year after year, the Wisconsin State Fair attracts both newcomers and park pros.

Gov. Scott Walker

"It's my honor as your governor to officially open the Wisconsin State Fair," said Governor Scott Walker.

In no time at all, crowds filled Wisconsin State Fair Park on opening day, Thursday, Aug. 2.

"The early bird gets the worm. I'm a fisherman and I wanted to be here early. Plus, it's easier to park," said Joseph Trinkl.

"The Wisconsin State Fair is a showcase of agriculture, horticulture, crafts, culinary, participation, celebration and most importantly -- the pride and tradition, which in what we're steeped in," said Kathleen O'Leary, Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO.

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Whether that tradition has been passed on between generations...

"I can't even count how many years -- probably 35 years," said Kathy Trinkl.

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Or this is just the beginning of your fair life...

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"The animals and the big slide!" exclaimed Emma.

There is no shortage of fair favorites to go around at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

"We work together to make these 11 days the greatest days of summer in Wisconsin," said O'Leary.

There are cream puffs to satisfy your sweet tooth...

"Start out with a cream puff -- we're starving. This is our breakfast, thank you," said Kory Severson.

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Giant Slide at Wisconsin State Fair

Or the Giant Slide, for those craving more of a thrill.

"There's awesome jumps, and we go to North Carolina -- and there's awesome water slides and it reminds me of that," said Eli.

Come one, come all -- the 2018 fair is now open!

"Well it's just community, coming and having some fun together no matter where you come from, what you're doing, or who you are. We're all accepted," Kathy Trinkl said.