The Wisconsin State Fair opens this morning in West Allis.
The eleven-day expo has a tough act to follow, after last year's fair drew more than a million people -- its largest crowds since 1969. It's where young people go to have their animals and other creations judged -- where state businesses show off their progress -- and where folks can get a plethora of entertainment. And it's not just Wisconsinites who look forward to the State Fair. Bryce Alpers tells W-T-M-J Radio that he and his sister drive from Indianapolis each year, in part to enjoy the fair's funnel cake. Others come for the fair's signature cream puffs, which fell just short of selling 400-thousand last year for only the second time since 1924. More of the fair's neighbors also expect to cash in this year. Fewer parking spots are available on the grounds, so more neighbors have prepared their lawns and backyards to handle the overflow. W-T-M-J says they'll charge up to 20-dollars a parking space. Of course, the weather has a lot to do with the State Fair's success. Forecasters say there's a chance of rain each afternoon for the next few days -- and it will diminish each evening. Tonight's main stage act is country singer Phil Vassar.