State Fair Sporkies contest heats up

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The Wisconsin State Fair has quite the reputation for unique and unusual foods, and this year the selection has risen to another level with the fair's Fourth Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies.

Eight finalists have been selected from 26 entries, and a panel of local celebrity judges — with some help from the fairgoers — will choose the recipients of four Golden Spork Awards during this year's Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 14.

The eight pre-selected finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place. Judging will begin at11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater.

Competing for the coveted award this year is: Chili-Mac Bottom Pizza by Brew City; Deep-Fried Ol' Fashioned by Water Street Brewery; Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich by Slim's Lakefront Brew Pub and Eatery; Fiesta Cookie Dough by Cookie Dough Fondue; Klement's Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog by Bavarian Haus; Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger by Exotic Meat Grill; Root Beer Float Cake by Sprecher Root Beer Everything;and Thanksgiving Day Burrito by Mexican Grill

Emmy-nominated 'Wisconsin Foodie' host Kyle Cherek will again emcee and moderate the panel of celebrity judges, who will taste, deliberate and eventually choose the first, second and third place winners of Golden Spork trophies. The Sporkies celebrity judges will include Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, Milwaukee radio veteran Steve Palec and Happy Days stars Donny Most and Anson Williams.

One lucky fairgoer will once again have the opportunity this year to sit alongside the celebrity panel and taste-test the final creations as a guest judge. Interested foodies will be able to enter the contest starting July 12 via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Sporkies2016. Entries must be completed by Aug. 3. More details are available at

Fair guests are encouraged to participate in the judging during the fair by sampling all of The Sporkies entries and voting for their favorites to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers' Fave. Voting can be done on Facebook via a voting app, on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FairgoersFave, or at the Guest Services Pavilion presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.

Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be open from Thursday, Aug. 4 – Tuesday, Aug. 9, and the entry with the most votes will also be awarded a Golden Spork Trophy during the final judging on Aug. 10.

A 13-foot spork trophy will be displayed at Sporkies finalist location and all vendors who entered will feature a poster at their fair location(s); all food items entered will also be available for purchase during the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.