Every summer for 160 years, people have embarked on a journey to West Allis, Wisconsin for the annual State Fair. The 11-day event is famous for great food, agriculture, music, rides, games and fun! As the fair came to a close this past weekend, we would like to share all the reasons why the Wisconsin State Fair is enjoyed by so many, year after year!
Half of the total fairgoers are from the Metropolitan Milwaukee area; and almost 90 percent are from Wisconsin. The Fair exemplifies Wisconsin friendliness, adventure, creativity and fun. With so many local residents contributing to the operation and success of the fair, it really brings the entire state together. It all happens for the love of Wisconsin!
The State Fair is home to 57 unique Wisconsin treats you can’t help but enjoy! Since 1924, Cream Puffs (from the original Cream Puff Pavilion) have been the staple food of the fair. Among some of the other interesting bites are:
Deep fried apple pie
Deep fried bacon wrapped tater tots on a stick
Sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping cream
Despite the bizarre combinations of ingredients and potential hesitation to take the first bite, trying a new food at the fair gives you a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin experience! In 2014, 72 new foods were introduced at the fair! Contrary to out-of-state popular belief, we go beyond just beer and cheese. Wisconsin sure knows how to get creative when it comes to treats!
At the Horticulture, Craft & Culinary Pavilion, fairgoers can take in the sight of textiles, gorgeous flowers, vegetables, cakes and much more. As one of the largest industries in Wisconsin, agriculture is also a center focus at the State Fair. You can find a wide variety of animals to look at and learn about. A number of shows, barn tours and competitions take place. This year cows, horses, donkeys, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and pigs all made an appearance.
Along with the food, crafts, and animals, many people show up for the entertainment! The Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage is a popular spot to see a show. Headliners perform at the fair every year. This year, big names included Aretha Franklin, Alabama, Peter Frampton, and Home Free.
Affordable pricing makes the fair a fun family friendly event year after year. If you didn’t get the chance to visit the Wisconsin State Fair this year, be sure to check it out in 2015! In the meantime, you can follow the fair on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Movoto, a national real estate blog, has been working hard to help people evaluate communities. They recently put together a list of the 10 most exciting cities in America, based on a detailed list of quality of life criteria, and Milwaukee made that list.
We know Milwaukee is a fantastic place to live, but you may be surprised to learn that we came in 7th place, directly behind New York City.
These might not be the typical criteria you would use to evaluate a city, but they are all very important to consider about any place. Milwaukee also does a great job at excelling at this evaluation.
The 10 criteria were:
These are all great outlets to have in a city, and we have them all!
Milwaukee is sent on the beautiful Lake Michigan, and with that comes parks and beaches that are a great place to walk, run, play, and picnic. Veterans Park is beautiful in the summer and the other parks throughout the city, including Pere Marquette Park and Cathedral Square are great places to sit back and enjoy the city. From large to small we have it covered.
Milwaukee is also a great city for young people. Milwaukee has been listed as one of the top cities for new college grads. There are plenty of job opportunities, and the atmosphere of the city is perfect for the younger generation. It is also a very affordable city that offers great living opportunities and amenities for any young person.
There are a few fast food places in Milwaukee, but we don't need them. The number of fantastic, one-of-a-kind places we have in this city is astounding. In the mood for a good burger? Try A.J. Bombers or Sobelmans. You're in the mood for Mexican? Try Bel-Air Cantina or Botanas. We can do so much better than fast food has to offer.
We know that Brew City is the place to go if you want a great bar atmosphere. Everything from Water Street to Brady Street to the Third Ward has a variety of choices. There is something for everyone here, and they are a great place to meet new people and have a great time.
We are a great city for museums, theater, and music too. The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum are just two of the great museums you have to enjoy. When it comes to theaters and performance groups, we have many! The Rep, The Pabst, The Skylight, and more! It is almost impossible not to find something you are interested in seeing on the stage in Milwaukee. And then music venues, where should we begin? There is The Riverside, The Marcus Center, The Bradley Center, The Rave, The Miramar Theater, The Marcus Amphitheater and more. Milwaukee is a regular tour stop for plenty of great music acts, and the shows they put on here are hard to forget.
It is not hard to see why Milwaukee is such an exciting place to live. Whether you have lived here forever, are planning a move, are want to come for a visit, this is a city that will be a fantastic place for you!