WEST ALLIS — The 15-story WonderWheel Ferris wheel, the largest in North America, will make its Wisconsin debut at the Wisconsin State Fair, to be held Aug. 3 through 13.
The WonderWheel will be one of the new attractions plus new competitions and entertainment at the fair to be presented by U.S. Cellular.
WonderWheel riders board enclosed gondolas that hold up to six people. The rides will be 10 minutes, with an average of 1,100 fairgoers able to ride each hour. The ride will cost $5.
The Wisconsin State Fair is one of only three fairs at which the ride will be featured this year.
Also new this year will the Dog Trick Competition where the top dog will be determined in live competition Sunday, Aug. 13. Dog owners submitted videos of their pet’s best tricks for judging to narrow the field to 10.
The Cultivating Smiling Sangria Happiness competition, also new this year, will build off the success of the Bloody Mary and Old Fashioned Contests in recent years. The homemade sangria contest will determine whose fruit drink packs the most punch, with all submissions featuring Wisconsin wine. Judging will be Sunday, Aug. 6 in Grand Champion Hall (no samples of this one).
As always, Wisconsin State Fair will offer new foods and beverages. But this year, nearly 70 new food and beverage choices will be added. The new entrees include bacon ravioli, apple pie nachos, an all-American grilled breakfast sandwich, animal style dog and ball park tots.
The bacon ravioli features bacon ravioli filled with cheese. It's to be found at Brew City. The apple pie nachos are cinnamon and sugar nacho chips topped with apple pie filling, caramel, whipped cream and walnuts. It is to be found at Jayme's Chipstix.
The all-American grilled breakfast sandwich, to be found at Siggy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese, will be bacon, egg and cheese between two grilled hash brown patties. Those ordering an animal-style dog at Siggy's Wild Dogs Saloon will get a hot dog topped with grilled onions, cheese and thousand island dressing. Finally, ball park tots are tots with hot dogs and baked beans, are to be found at Knucklehead.
Also among the new offerings will be a BBQ pastrami brisket biscuit sandwich (Usinger's), beer-battered bacon-wrapped cheddar sausage on-a-stick (Apollos), bowtie basil & balls walking pasta (Pitch's BBQ & Miss Katie's Diner), buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich (Siggy's), buffalo chicken nachos (Slim's PBR Park), buffalo mac & cheese quesadilla (Mexican Grill).
Caramel macchiato gelato (La Coppa Artisan Gelato), cheddar corn dog (3B Corn Dogs), deep-fried bacon-wrapped olives on-a-stick (Fried Fruit & Fried Olives), deep-fried cherry pie (Wonton Leadfoots Race Bar & Grill), goat meat wrap (Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products), New Zealand Green Shell mussels by the Half Shell (Joey's Seafood & Grill), Russian Imperial Stout maple bacon cupcakes (Sprecher Landing), Sangria on-a-stick (Leadfoots Race Bar & Grill), SPAM fries (SPAM), and wild boar BLT sandwich on-a-stick (Exotic Meat Grill).
The 2017 Wisconsin State Fair will offer 30 free entertainment stages, rides and games, thousands of animals, family activities, events, contests, vendors and food.
Admission will be $12, general; $7 for ages 60 and older, for military veterans with ID and for ages 6 to 11; free for children 5 and younger.
Fairgoers younger than 18 entering the fair after 6 p.m. must be with a parent 21. Proof of age is required.
Fair hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. the final Sunday. Most buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.