The Wisconsin State Fair Food Drive-Thru Starts Thursday

This is not a drill. There will be State Fair food available for drive-thru starting Thursday.

The Wisconsin State Fair’s may have been canceled, but you still have a chance to get your fill of fried food this year. The Fair Food Drive-Thru will run Thursday through Sunday for the next four weekends.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, would-be fairgoers can drive a designated route through the fairgrounds, stopping at select vendors to load up on fair favorites like corn dogs, brownie waffles on-a-stick, brats and more. The route begins at Gate 9, at S. 79th Street and W. Pierce Street.

To adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, guests can’t eat at the fairgrounds, but should plan to pick up food to enjoy at home. No pedestrian or bicycle traffic is allowed.

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You can see the full week one menu here — be sure to check the fair’s website each week for the latest offerings.

If you noticed cream puffs aren’t on the menu, worry not. Thanks to the Curbside Cream Puff Program, you can place to-go orders of this fair staple for two weekends in August — read all about this year’s cream puff offerings here. Curbside Cream Puff and Fair Food Drive-Thru are both part of the 2020 State Fair Necessities program.

The drive-thru is open 4-8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The line can start forming an hour before the drive-thru opens, so plan accordingly. 

Since all the cars will follow the same one-way route through the fairgrounds, the fair website notes that the line will likely move a little slower than your typical fast food drive-thru. But for a taste of the Wisconsin State Fair? Definitely worth it.

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