State Fair Tradition Extends Back More Than 160 Years

Aug 1, 2013

An antique postcard captures an early image of fairgoers.
Credit Wisconsin State Fair

The annual Wisconsin State Fair begins in West Allis on Thursday.

The fair will draw thousands of visitors in its 11 days.

Wisconsin held its first state fair in 1851.

Spokeswoman Kathleen O’Leary says the fair was held in Janesville. Then, the event moved around the state for 40 years, before settling in West Allis.