The Wisconsin State Fair 2014 festival is sure to be one of the featured state fairs in the country and the top event in Wisconsin in 2014 along with Summerfest.
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Featured Festival events of 2014
HEART WITH JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
Heart will jumpstart the Fair as they perform on opening night, Thursday, Aug. 1. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when Heart stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” and “Barracuda.”
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC THE ALPOCALYPSE TOUR
Wacky and original singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic will bring his national Alpocalypse Tour to the Fair on Friday, Aug. 2. “Weird Al” is known for his hits that parody popular songs by other artists.
GARY ALLAN WITH RANDY HOUSER
Country superstar Gary Allan will bring his gravelly, gritty edge to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 3. With nine studio albums and a Greatest Hits record to his name, Allan has been a mainstay in the world of country since his first album, “Used Heart for Sale,” debuted in 1996.
HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR
This year’s program will feature THE TURTLES featuring FLO & EDDIE, CHUCK NEGRON formerly of THREE DOG NIGHT, GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP, MARK LINDSAY former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders and GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS.
SAIL ROCK 2013 STARRING CHRISTOPHER CROSS
Fairgoers will enjoy a night of classic hits and smooth sailing during Sail Rock 2013 starring Christopher Cross. Six other iconic artists from the ‘70s and ‘80s will perform together in one great show on Monday, Aug. 5.
THEORY OF A DEADMAN WITH BLACK STONE CHERRY
Modern rock group Theory of a Deadman will visit the Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 6 to tear up the stage with their post-grunge, alternative sound. Together for nearly 12 years, the band has released four albums with plenty of top hits.
A NIGHT OF WORSHIP WITH HILLSONG LIVE
Christian artists Hillsong LIVE will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Hillsong LIVE is the congregational expression of worship from Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia – a local church with global influence.
AN EVENING WITH YES
On Thursday, Aug. 8 concertgoers can kick-back, relax and enjoy An Evening with YES when the band visits the Fair as part of their 2013 World Tour.
AUSTIN MAHONE WITH JAKE MILLER
Up and coming teen pop sensation Austin Mahone will take the Fair by storm on Friday, Aug. 9. The 16-year-old’s loyal fans, who call themselves “Mahomies,” have followed his path to stardom since 2011, helping him sell out numerous venues across the country.
VINCE NEIL OF MOTLEY CRUE WITH STRYPER
Heavy metal guitarist and bad boy Vince Neil of Motley Crue will rock the stage on Saturday, Aug. 10. Neil has been involved in music since a very young age, and after nearly 20 years as the lead vocalist for heavy metal rock band Motley Crue, Neil began a solo career in 1992.
MIRANDA LAMBERT WITH THE FARM
Join the reigning queen of country music, Miranda Lambert, as she finishes off the 2013 Fair with a bang! She’ll perform at the State Fair Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Bingo Casino on Sunday, August 11.
Expected Attendence: 1.5 million
The first Wisconsin State Fair was held in 1851 in Janesville, with approximately 13,000 to 18,000 people in attendance. The fair migrated to different towns before finding its permanent home in West Allis in 1892. According to state fair officials, 911,231 people attended the 2011 event.
Wisconsin State Fair is also home of the Wisconsin Wine Garden. Established in 1996 by the then ten member-wineries of the Wisconsin Winery Association, the Wine Garden is now one of the most popular agricultural events at the Fair featuring wines from dozens of Wisconsin wineries.
Yearly features at the fair include a wide variety of vendors, many local and national bands, the Kids From Wisconsin, and a large assortment of food and drink, including cream puffs, which are one of the fair’s main draws. In 2010, Wisconsin State Fair introduced Comet 2, a forty-foot roller coaster.
New in 2013, the Wisconsin State Fair took over the Midway, creating Spin City, a collection of independently contracted rides including the Sizzler, the Freak Out, and the Stratosphere, a 200 foot tall swing ride.
The Grandstand Main Stage features a different headline performance every evening of the fair. Many local bands can also be seen on smaller stages and pavilions located throughout the grounds.
Agricultural exhibits of horses, cattle, sheep, chickens, and other animals are featured every year at the fair.
Average age of a fairgoer: 38
89% of fairgoers reside in Wisconsin with half of them living in Milwaukee
Average visits to the fair: 2 times
Average hours spent at the fair: 6 hours
Notable attendance records
Total attendance record: 938,658 in 1990
Opening-day record: 98,625 in 2009
Total recent attendance record: 911,231 in 2011
During the 2011 fair hundreds of adolescent African Americans formed a flash mob and began attacking White and Hispanic Americans. Police said the group of young people attacked fair goers who were leaving the fair grounds. Police said that some victims were attacked while walking. They said others were pulled out of cars and off of motorcycles before being beaten.Eighteen people, including seven police officers, were reported to have been injured during the event. In addition there were reports of looting within the fair. At least 31 people were arrested in total.