Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

State Fair Serves up Something for Everyone

A legislative column by state Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)

Summers in Wisconsin are packed with great fun. From tailgating at Brewers games to fishing on one of our gorgeous lakes, we certainly make the most of the warm weather. The beginning of August marks one of the very best Wisconsin traditions: the State Fair.

August 4, through 14, the fair grounds will come alive with great music, award-winning animals, and of course, delicious food.

This year’s Fair will have even more than usual. The new Farm and Family Building will be presented by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. With features such as Veggie Car Races, Alice in Dairyland, and consumer protection tips, there is something for everyone!

Also new to the Fair are doggie weddings, that will include all the "glitz and glam of Vegas style weddings… for dogs!" If you are interested, you may fill out an entry form available on the State Fair website.

Of course, a trip to the State Fair would not be complete without a cream puff or two. Stop by August 11, to be awed by maybe the World’s Largest Cream Puff!

My friend, Puff Daddy, is outdoing himself once again. He is taking a break from helping to make the cream puff the state dessert to attempt to break the Guinness Record for the largest cream puff in the world! Be there on Golden Guernsey Dairy Day at 2:00 PM in Central Park for the official attempt.

If it is food you want, then State Fair is the right place! Some of the more interesting items on the menu this year include deep fried beer at the Budweiser Pavilion, a Bacon Sundae from Cedar Crest Ice Cream, and the one everybody is talking about: deep fried butter from the Machine Shed Restaurant.

For some more traditional fair fare, come and visit me and other volunteers at the New Berlin Lions Club Corn Roast! We will be set up at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street, just look for the 30-foot inflatable ear of corn on top of the building.

The Lions Club has maintained the stand since 1957 and they make excellent corn. Each of the over 100,000 ears of Wisconsin sweet corn is always grilled to perfection and dipped in real Wisconsin butter. The entire process is powered solely by volunteer labor and 100 percent of the sales benefit various charities around the state, so you may as well get two! Be sure to get a beverage at the adjoining Lioness soda booth. Again, 100 percent of the sales benefit charities.

With an ear of corn in each hand, walk on over to the main stage to check out this year’s featured acts. Some notable groups are ZZ Top August 9, Whitesnake August 11, and the Oak Ridge Boys August 12. Those shows require special admission tickets that are going fast, so plan ahead for your favorite bands.

The State Fair is the epitome of summer fun in Wisconsin, and there is always something for everyone. So bring your family and friends, some sunscreen, and join us August 4 through the 14 for all the great sights, sounds, and flavors!

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