‘Give us a try:’ New vendors at State Fair are eager to impress new customers

WEST ALLIS — Saturday, Aug. 3 was the third day of the Wisconsin State Fair, and thousands of people checked out the vendors, with a few making their Wisconsin State Fair debut!

Claude Weidner

Many people can remember their first fair, and for several vendors, that memory started Thursday, with the start of the fair’s 11-day run.

“I’ve never been to a state fair before, so it’s really huge,” said Claude Weidner of Etched Lighting. “There’s a lot of people here.”

Etched Lighting features handcrafted art made with high-voltage electricity. The owners of the company said people are shocked when they find out what the art is made of.

“I’d say the most that I’ve enjoyed is just talking to people and you know, hearing their story,” said Weidner. “The other vendors, where they come from, and what they do.”

New vendors at State Fair

Jessie Gerhard

Just next door, another craftsman showed what he’s made of.

“Everything I make is all wood that people thought was garbage,” said Jesse Gerhard, American Craftsman.

American Craftsman sells handmade wood products. They bonded with their neighbors as the new vendors on the block.

“We have a kinship and a struggle together among a lot of other people who don’t make their own stuff,” said Gerhard.

New vendors at State Fair

Pete Faraciano

Just around the corner, Pistol Pete’s was making its debut. The fresh pizza caught the appetites of many. The owner said he was enjoying being new to the fair, because he was getting positive feedback from customers.

“Give me a chance. Give me an opportunity,” said Peter Faraciano. “Come out and see me! Give us a try.”

New vendors at State Fair

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