The Wisconsin State Fair started last week, and already thousands of people have enjoyed the deep fried goodness that can only be found at the fair. Yesterday was officially UW-Madison Day and students, alumni and of course the UW Marching Band took over the fair grounds. The UW is celebrated it's history of service and outreach to the state with musical performances, science demonstrations, athletic contests and product samples developed at the university. They also sponsored a school supplies drive for Milwaukee area children. For more information about UW-Madison Day you can visit their website!
Our Wisconsin Blue Books collection is full of information about the Wisconsin State Fair. Did you know that the State Fair was held on the Camp Randall grounds in 1860? At this time, permanent structures were to be built, but these plans were suspended during the Civil War. The fair has been held in various location from Janesville and Madison to Fon du Lac and Milwaukee. It found its home in Milwaukee (West Allis) in 1886 and has been there ever since.
On the left is the article from the Blue Books describing the history of the Wisconsin State Fair, to read the history click on the image. This collection contains tons of information from past State Fairs such as what types of cows were first shown and when, the number of people in attendance, and the people in charge of the fair each year.
The State Fair is a tradition. I know this year I am eager to try some deep fried butter! Did you visit the fair for UW-Madison Day?