The Wisconsin State Fair opens today in West Allis
The Wisconsin State Fair opens today in West Allis. More than 800,000 people will attend the 11-day expo - which features the state's finest farm animals and a vast array of entertainment.
The fair's famous cream puffs are back, along with chocolate-covered bacon and a host of Wisconsin foods.
Jerry Zimmerman will be there, too, with a display that highlights the fair's rich history that dates back to 1851.
He grew up four blocks from the fairgrounds and he has spent 13 years as a curator for the State Fair's vast memorabilia.
Zimmerman can tell you all about Abraham Lincoln's appearance at the fair in 1859, without his legendary beard, and a landing in an early Wright Brothers plane in 1910.
Zimmerman says the entire state loves its fair, and it has a history that's very worthy of being preserved.
He says there's something for everybody, it stays modern enough to keep people of all ages entertained, and it is still keeps enough of its heritage to remind people of their childhoods.