10 Things We’ll Miss About the Wisconsin State Fair This Year

We’re going to miss a lot of things – and only a bunch of them are food-related.

THE WISCONSIN STATE FAIR Park Board of Directors announced Thursday that the State Fair is canceled for the first time in 75 years. From State Fair traditions to funky new foods, here are a few of the things we’ll miss most this year.

1. Cream Puffs

No Wisconsin State Fair experience is ever complete without a stop at the cream puff factory. We’ll especially miss the inevitable sugary mustache you get from the first bite.

2. Art Exhibits

Complete with textiles, photography, horticulture and more, we always leave the exhibit halls feeling inspired.

3. Food on a Stick

Cheesecake, pickles and even fried butter. I guess the new grasshopper slushie-on a-stick might just have to stay on the bucket list until next year. 

4. Being in a Crowd

Social distancing is still the name of the game, and the State Fair wouldn’t be the same without the excitement of the crowds — or the process of elbowing your way through them.

5. Riding the Skyglider

That aerial view of the Wisconsin State Fair is one of the best in the state. 

6. Baby Animals

Not even the zoo guarantees this many baby animals each season. We’ll miss the chicks, calves and piglets. What will we do without all that cuteness?

 7. Outrageous Foods

Last year, we tried everything from rattlesnake soup to deep fried milk. We already can’t wait to see what the 2021 fair is cooking up, but it’s guaranteed to be alarming, calorie-dense and delicious. 

8. The Exposition Center

Every year we buy the latest gadgets for our home in the expo center. 

9. Concerts

While not necessarily known for its music, the Wisconsin State Fair always attracts local and national talent. 

10. The Milk House

For whatever reason, milk tastes better at the Wisconsin State Fair, especially when it comes in flavors like chocolate, strawberry and root beer. 



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.