Hello! I've been on another Staycation (or shall I say partial Staycation since I did go into work twice) this week because all my adult children are home visiting. We've mostly just been hanging around the house, but we did go to my husband's and my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past weekend to attend the Wisconsin State Fair, visit some old friends and the church where we met and fell in love, and my old stomping ground: Lake Michigan South Shore Beach. Today's post is all about the Wisconsin State Fair…and if my staycations have been boring you, don't worry I will have more exciting vacation stories to share this fall. I spent most of my week at home planning our October vacation to Santa Fe and Albuquerque New Mexico and Colorado Springs, Colorado. After just looking at all the beautiful mountain pictures of these two states, I will never want to come home!
The Wisconsin State Fair is a Milwaukee tradition. Everyone, and I mean everyone goes to the fair every year and has wonderful memories. For my husband and I, after we moved away from Milwaukee, we hadn't been back to the fair for over thirty years. My children had never been to a fair of this size before. Their only experience with fairs were small country ones; so they were quite amazed. My husband of course had shared all his memories of the Wisconsin State Fair with the kids prior to going. He acted like a little boy telling them everything he had planned to do and most importantly EAT while he was there. I cautiously reminded him that it has been over thirty years and prices probably went way up and he may not want to get all of those items, not to mention that times have changed and they may no longer have those items or events anymore. But my warnings ended up all for nothing, for we found that with the exception of some new buildings, everything was pretty much the same. The admission prices were high: we paid $60.00 for the five of us to just walk through the gate, but the food and rides were fairly reasonable.
We got there very early in the morning because we knew how crowded the fair could get on a Saturday. Our very first stop was the famous Original Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff building. Our state fair is known for their cream puffs. No one goes to the State Fair and doesn't eat a cream puff. I had already had a big breakfast back at our hotel, so I really wasn't hungry for a cream puff this early in the morning, but my husband insisted we get our cream puffs immediately before the line got too long. He was right. By the time we left the fair in the late afternoon the line was out the back door!
The cream puffs are made right inside the building, and there are windows where you can watch the workers make the puffs while you are waiting.
Have a great day! Amy