WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin State Fair ended Sunday night in West Allis – and it appears to be one of the most successful in its 160-year history.
The 11-day expo had a tough act to follow, after attracting 921,000 people last year – the most in well over a decade.
It’ll be a few days before we know the final attendance numbers, but organizers say the just-completed fair appears to have drawn almost a million people.
Mild weather helped, as last week’s heavy storms stayed to the north.
Large crowds showed up for Sunday’s final day, despite a threat of rain. Country star Miranda Lambert was the final major act.
There are a couple of big indicators that this year’s State Fair was more successful than the last. Total receipts for the Governor’s Red, White, and Blue Ribbon animal sale were almost 9 percent higher.
Also, the Wisconsin Bakers Association said last Thursday it was on track to sell over 400,000 of its signature cream puffs for the only second time since 1924.