'Come early:' West Allis residents open up with lots and lawns to State Fairgoers
WEST ALLIS (CBS 58) -- It's the second day of the Wisconsin State Fair and with the number of fairgoers, parking can get competitive.
Parking at the grounds costs $12, but prices around the fair can vary.
"Come early and get the prices cheaper," said Rose Paulos.
West Allis residents like Rose Paulos stood outside in her front yard with a sign and flag to wave down drivers.
“As you can see, we are charging 10 dollars," said Paulos.
For some families, it's a yearly tradition and a lucrative way to make some extra cash.
“It could be a day and we make only $10, and on a weekend we can make up to 400 or 500 dollars," said Paulos.
Three vans with a church group from Pennsylvania pulled up Friday morning.
“It's nice to see all these people having their lawns open and be willing to let people park," said Josh Schettino. This group is on a mission trip to help the community and took Friday off.
Across the street from Rose lives Robert Logan. This morning he started charging $5 for a spot in front yard or driveway.
"Make a couple of extra bucks, yes. Contrary to belief it does not pay for my taxes," said Logan. Logan has lived in his home for 24 years and says he's done it almost every year.
There were signs for $10 and $20 parking around noon. The residents say as the day goes on, and the closer in proximity people get to the fair, the more a parking spot will cost.
"$10 from 9 to noon, and then after that $15 on the weekdays," said Nellie Allen, parking cars in her lawn.
These residents plan on being out every day of the fair and for some, it's not just about the money.
“That’s the best part, meeting the people and talking with them and seeing the happy faces, and they are excited about the fair and come back saying they had a great time, and it’s all about the people," said Paulos.