1.1M people entered gates at Wisconsin State Fair in 2019, several days saw record attendance
WEST ALLIS — There were plenty of records broken at Wisconsin State Fair in 2019. Not only did 1,130,572 people enter through the gates of the fair this year, but officials said five days saw record attendance.
A news release from Wisconsin State Fair said 2019 marked the seventh year in a row that attendance reached more than one million. The only fair in the 168-year history of the event reporting higher attendance than 2019 was in 1948 when the fair was 23 days long in celebration of Wisconsin’s Centennial year. The attendance that year equated to an average of 77,688 people per day. The 2019 average daily attendance was 102,779. Officials said it is also important to note that prior to 2002, attendance was estimated, as tickets were not scanned at the gates. Therefore, 2019 marked the highest attendance on record verified by ticketing technology.
Other fun facts from Wisconsin State Fair officials
Several admission promotions not only provided guests ways to save money, but also contributed to notable causes. On opening day, during Wells Fargo $2 Day benefiting Hunger Task Force, guests donated more than 106,000 pounds of food, as well as $18,000 in cash donations to Hunger Task Force.
The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $255,850, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised nearly $100,000, and the Blue Ribbon Dairy Products Auction raised nearly $52,000.
The Wisconsin Bakers Association once again sold more than 400,000 Original Cream Puffs. In the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill sold nearly 60,000 grilled cheese sandwiches, and the Wisconsin Potato Growers served up more than 41,000 baked potatoes.
Sporkies Food Competition Champion Poncho Dog served up 20,000 Buffalo Chicken Cheese Curd Tacos.
The Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association sold more than 14,000 ribeye sandwiches and guests enjoyed more than 20,000 pork chop sandwiches served by the Wisconsin Pork Producers. Saz’s three locations at the Fair Park served nearly 65,000 Deep-Fried Mozzarella Sticks hand-rolled with Real Wisconsin Cheese!
The 2020 Wisconsin State Fair will take place Aug. 6 – 16.