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The Wisconsin Farm Bureau says a July 4th picnic featuring hot dogs, cheeseburgers and short ribs will cost less to produce this year than last.

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If you’re hosting a Fourth of July picnic, it should cost less than $6 a person to feed whomever you invite.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says the average price of a standard Independence Day meal in 28 cities is $5.59 per tummy. The menu would include hot dogs, cheese burgers and spare ribs – plus potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, chocolate milk and lemonade.


Wisconsin’s price is about 13 cents less than the average in 21 other states.

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Steve Dzubay
Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer since 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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