WEST ALLIS, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Northern Wisconsin State Fair may be behind us, but fair season is far from over. The big one, the Wisconsin State Fair kicks off in just ten days.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out to the fairgrounds in West Allis during the fair's July 31-Aug 10th run.
This year, one of the most popular fair foods, the cream puff is celebrating 90 years. It's been around since 1924. Last year, hungry visitors consumed 387,000. Cream puffs can be found at the Original Cream Puff Pavilion and two Cream Puff Express locations, as well as at a Cream Puff Drive-Thru.
While the cream puff is a fair mainstay, other more inventive foods are also gaining traction. For a second year, the Wisconsin State Fair is handing out "Sporkies" awards, honoring the best of fair foods. Eight finalists compete in three categories; best tasting, most creative and grand champion. Fair guests can help judge this year by sampling all of the Sporkies and voting for their favorites on social media. The fan favorite will also earn a Golden Spork trophy.
2014 Sporkies Finalists:
Peanut Butter Bacon Bison Burger (PB3) - Exotic Meat Grill
Bacon Wrapped Cherrywood Smoked Pork Belly On-a-Stick - Saz’s Ribs
Chicken-n-Waffle Cone - Water Street Brewery
Deep Fried Maple Bacon Cookie Dough - Emma’s Cookie Kitchen
Dolce Panino (Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich) - La Coppa Artisan Gelato
Grannie Smith Caramel Apple Shake - Flavorburst Ice Cream
Loaded Twister Dog - Water Street Brewery
Lulu’s Caribbean Crepes - Tropics at the Fair