The recently concluded Wisconsin State Fair attracted 1,003,450 fairgoers, a 19% increase over 2021 attendance, the fair reported Tuesday.
In 2021, with attendance depressed by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair drew 841,074 visitors. Because of the pandemic, there was no 2020 fair. Prior to that, State Fair had attracted more than a million visitors for seven consecutive years, with a modern-day attendance record of more than 1.1 million fairgoers in 2019.
This year's State Fair took place Aug. 4-14. Other entertaining numbers from its statistical wrapup:
Wisconsin Bakers Association served 320,000 cream puffs.
The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $321,950. The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised more than $100,000; the Blue Ribbon Dairy Products Auction raised $45,565. A portion of proceeds from each auction goes to Wisconsin youth agriculture programs and scholarships.
More than 100,000 ears of corn were served.
Gertrude’s Pretzels served nearly 13,000 Peño Pretzel Popper Brats, the first-place Sporkies winner at this year's fair.
The 2023 State Fair will take place Aug. 3-13.
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: State Fair 2022 attendance topped 1 million, a big jump from last year