Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland but much more is produced and processed in our state than just milk and cheese. Wisconsin agriculture is a huge economic driver contributing $104.8 billion annually to our state’s economy.
The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that educate children of all ages about the economic importance, historical roots and nutritional science that ties local farms to our food chain. Through our outreach efforts, we are building the next generation of consumers and helping them make connections about wholesome foods as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Dairy Lane navigated thousands of fairgoers through the most extensive enhancement to the Lower Cattle Barn in more than a decade. Dairy Lane, funded through a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation, navigated fairgoers through places where dairy intersects with their lives. With a grocery store, cheesemaking trailer, house and farm, the exhibit featured interactive, touch-screen displays, as well as live animals.
Fair Youth Day Camp
The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation is a major sponsor of the Fair Youth Day Camp program. Each year, hundreds of Milwaukee-area elementary school aged-children have the opportunity to spend a day behind the scenes at the Fair.
Through a partnership with Milwaukee Vincent High School, the Wisconsin State Fair Foundation is developing an Urban Ag program for elementary-aged children. The program will include an up-close look at live animals, STEM-oriented programming using a model farm and machinery, cooking demonstrations and presentations about future careers in agriculture.
Arts and Culture
The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation supports Plein Air at the Fair, a gathering of Wisconsin artists who capture the spirit of the Fair on canvas. Over two days during the Fair, the artists paint masterpieces that bring back memories of warm summer days all year long.
The kids at Children’s Wisconsin can’t go to the Fair so the Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation brings the Fair to them. Since 2011, the Fair and Children’s Wisconsin have worked together to bring a Wisconsin tradition to kids who are too sick to attend themselves. Entertainers and the year’s Fairest of the Fairs lead the kids in a parade. There are games to play, special snacks to eat and — of course — cream puffs!