Foundation impact

The Wisconsin State Fair is an agency of the State of Wisconsin, meaning that it does not receive direct taxpayer subsidies. As a result, there are always unfunded projects in need of support. 

In 1995, community leaders established the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) partner of the Wisconsin State Fair. The Foundation has been here ever since to provide donors with a pathway to contribute to our beloved Fair and play a role in improving aging buildings, supporting programming and creating personal legacies at the Fair Park.

In just the past five years, the Foundation has committed more than $500,000 to the State Fair thanks to the generosity of individual donors and corporate sponsors. Together, we have provided support in the following areas:


Central Mall Reconstruction


Park Beautification


Ag Education And Youth Programs


Dairy Lane Exhibit Construction


Milwaukee Mile Improvements

Helping the Fair to Grow

The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation, established in 1995, is a 501c3 nonprofit. We are committed to providing a superior experience for all visitors through public and private partnerships; year-round art, ag and education programs; and the continual enhancements of the Fair Park.  Our donors know that the State Fair is where families create traditions and memories that last a lifetime.  It is a place where urban meets rural and thousands of visitors learn something new. It is a place to celebrate the agricultural bounty of Wisconsin. This is the magic of the State Fair – past, present and future.

Individual Contributions

Each year, thousands of individuals show their love of the Fair through support of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation. Many donors choose to simply donate to our general fund, which allows us to apply the gifts to projects and programming that have the greatest need. Others choose to join our membership program, Friend of the Fair, and receive benefits along with their philanthropic gift or sponsor commemorative bricks and benches to honor a special person or milestone. We also host events, like the popular Cream Puff 5K Run/Walk, to give people another reason to visit the Fair Park while fundraising for the Fair. We also offer many engaging opportunities to volunteer and encourage anyone who would like to get involved as a donor of talent or treasure to visit

Corporate Contributions

A partnership with the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation aligns your organization with a beloved Wisconsin institution. Corporate sponsorship plays an important role in allowing the Foundation to continue its support of agriculture, art and education programming as well as capital improvements to the Fair Park. Although we are most visible during the “best 11 days of summer,” we are committed to year-round support so, based on your corporate philanthropic goals, we can match a sponsorship opportunity during the Fair window or another time of the year. We also host the popular Golf-on-a-Stick golf outing and auction which provides many sponsorship and in-kind donation opportunities for business partners. The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation would love to collaborate with you and help your organization make a meaningful connection with all who hold a special place in their heart for the Wisconsin State Fair.

Giving Opportunities

• Sponsorships
• Event participation
• In-kind contributions
• Adopt-a-Bench



Give to our general Fund