WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - It’s shaping up to be another big year for the Wisconsin State Fair.
The weather’s been great for the 11 day expo in West Allis. And the fair’s marketing manager, Kristi Chuckel, said last Sunday’s crowds were the biggest for a single day in 10 years.
Over 125,000 people showed up that day. She says the fair tries to bring in 850 to 900,000 each year – and she believes they’ll reach the top end of that goal by the time the fair ends on Sunday.
Last year, over 911,000 people attended. It was the first time in at least a decade that the total attendance exceeded 900,000.
Earlier this week, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products’ Auction raised a record amount of $90,000. A bone-in ham from Ray’s Market of Colby was the best in show, and it sold for $8,700.
The consortium that bought the ham donated it back, and it was re-sold for another $1,800. The funds from the auction go to the U-W Extension, in support of over 100,000 Wisconsin 4-H members.