The 2012 Wisconsin State Fair is starting this week, and Joy Cardin's guest takes a look back at the history of the fair and how it's changed over the years. Rides, free entertainment, big name grandstand shows, agriculture. Since then, the fair's attendance has grown slightly.
In 2013,  the attendance was 70,956 compared to 68,000 in 2010.  In 2015, the attendance was 84,720  and in 2016, it again surpassed 90,000. Nearly 50 years later, nine of the original 14 murals were discovered rolled up and tucked away in Old Youth Dormitory in Wisconsin State Fair Park. Lead artist Robert Hodgell, retired and living in Florida, visited State Fair Park as the murals were unrolled for the first time in perhaps decades. To scroll through the exhibit, click on the arrows at the bottom corners of the mural. In 1891, the Wisconsin State Agriculture Society established the Wisconsin State Fair at its present location. At the 1937 Wisconsin State Fair, a group of girls who are 4-H members pose in the clothes they made as part of their club activities. UW-Madison Archives S05847. People are flocking from across the state to West Allis this week for the Wisconsin State Fair. Call in to share your favorite Wisconsin State Fair … The best in show will be on display: from cows and pigs, to dog tricks and crocheted scarves, to pies and beer. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair offers fun for the whole family. The 2012 Wisconsin State Fair is starting this week, and Joy Cardin's guest takes a look back at the history of the fair and how it's changed over the years. It's a Family Affair! The establishment of the fair grounds made it necessary to provide public transportation facilities from Milwaukee to this area. People come for the rides and the music, stay for the cream puffs and fried…everything. The Wisconsin Association of Fairs will increase the quality of Wisconsin's Fairs through agricultural education while entertaining all ages and maintaining our rural heritage. View the Murals >> Tips for viewing the murals . Establishing Wisconsin State Fair. The "1948 Wisconsin State Fair Murals: 100 Years of Agricultural History" interactive project marks the first time since 1948 that these murals are presented together.