It's that time again! The annual Wisconsin State Fair begins August 1st and runs through August 11th. Go ahead and grab a cream puff while you read a little about the history of the Wisconsin State Fair.
The very first State Fair was held in Janesville in 1851. During the mid to late 1800's, the fair was hosted at numerous different locations, including Madison, Fond du Lac, Watertown and Milwaukee. It's been held at the current site in West Allis since 1892.
Since it's foundation, the Fair has only been canceled five times. It was not held in 1861 through 1863 because of the Civil War. It was next canceled in 1893 due to anticipated loss of attendance because the World Fair was being held in Chicago that year. The last cancellation came in 1945, when the Office of War Transportation requested it due to events occurring in World War II.
The photo above is a picture of the pig and cow fair mascots from the 1982 Wisconsin State Fair. To see more historic photos, visit the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection.