State Fair Food Drive-Thru: 58K+ vehicles pass through, 200K cream puffs sold

WEST ALLIS, WIs. (CBS 58) -- Although the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair was canceled, the State Fair Food Drive-Thru proved to be a big success! 

Thousands enjoyed fair food favorites -- including the iconic Original Cream Puffs! 

Wisconsin State Fair officials announced results from the food drive-thru on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The event was made possible by State Fair Necessities, U.S. Cellular, and Bank Five Nine. 

Here's a look at the numbers:

  • 58,456 vehicles went through the Fair Food Drive-Thru and Curbside Cream Puffs presented by Sentry
  • 202,000 Cream Puffs sold
  • 16,000 Blue Ribbon Brownies sold
  • 10,000 slices of Dill Pickle Pizza sold
  • 18,000 Lemonades sold
  • 1,200 Cream Puff Face Masks sold
  • Over 1,200 Wisconsin Products Pavilion boxes delivered to 44 states including Hawaii & Alaska
  • Over 6,200 views on our Agriculture Demonstrations Series videos presented by Compeer Financial
  • Over 32,600 web page views on the online One Stop Fair Shop
  • 154 Century and Sesquicentennial Farms honored

A news release says in addition to the food and shopping options, the State Fair Necessities program had other components. These included the Virtual Cream Puff 5K, Sporkies: Fairgoer Edition presented by Bank Five Nine, Wells Fargo Donation Drive benefiting Hunger Task Force, Plein Air painting, Fairtastic Poster Contest, Agriculture Demonstration Series presented by Compeer Financial, State Fair Flower Feature of the Day, and Commitment to Youth Livestock Award presented by CASE IH. The program also included honoring our state’s Century and Sesquicentennial Farms presented by Compeer Financial and Hillshire Farm and Agriculture Spotlights.

"We are so proud to have created State Fair Necessities to give our loyal fairgoers a little piece of what we are so proud to showcase at the State Fair each year,” said Kathleen O’Leary, CEO, Wisconsin State Fair Park. “Our success is attributed to the staff’s innovative thinking and ability to shift focus, as well as the thousands of people who created and shared with us on social media their ‘State Fair at Home’, came through the Fair Food Drive-Thru, or purchased items through our new online ‘One Stop Fair Shop’. Thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to being back in 2021 to celebrate together!”
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