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After year off, Wisconsin State Fair to return Aug. 5-15
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After year off, Wisconsin State Fair to return Aug. 5-15

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An order of cheese curds are delivered to a waiting vehicle during the Wisconsin State Fair Park's Fair Food Drive-Thru event at the fairgrounds in West Allis, Wis. Thursday, July 30.

The Wisconsin State Fair will return Aug. 5-15, in accordance with what health guidelines there may be at the time, Wisconsin State Fair Park officials announced Wednesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair, but with vaccines now readily available, Wisconsin’s situation is much improved and expected to get better by August.

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Tickets and vouchers for the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair will be honored for the 2021 State Fair.

“In January, the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board approved a goal to have a fair this August and we are pleased to confirm we are well on our way to meeting that goal,” Wisconsin State Fair Park Chairman John Yingling said in a statement.

Increased sanitization protocols are already in place throughout the 200-acre Wisconsin State Fair Park, officials said.

Tickets for the State Fair will go on sale soon as part of the Fair Deals and Group Sales promotions.

Five main stage shows have been announced for this year's State Fair, featuring Skillet, Chris Young, Brothers Osborne, Boyz II Men and the Beach Boys. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks, along with additional programming, event, and attraction announcements will be made soon.

“We are happy to confirm there are WonderFair days ahead and are excited to safely gather to celebrate everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin,” State Fair Park CEO Kathleen O’Leary said in a statement. “We look forward to making many exciting announcements in the weeks to come!”

State Fair officials cited a survey they conducted this month showing that 88% of participants would be comfortable attending a large event now or in the near future and 78% are planning to attend the fair this year.

The State Fair had the highest attendance of any annual event in the Milwaukee area in 2019, with 1,130,572 visitors, the Associated Press reported.

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