Wisconsin State Fair prepares for 2021 run with COVID precautions in place

NOW: Wisconsin State Fair prepares for 2021 run with COVID precautions in place

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin State Fair will open its gates on Thursday, Aug. 5, for the first time since 2019. Fairgoers can expect some changes this year due to the pandemic. Organizers say the plan is to fall in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Slim McGinn's Irish Pub is one of many vendors at the Wisconsin State Fair. 

"I've been here since 2004," said Slim McGinn. 

Slim's bar is known for their Rueben rolls. 

"It's our number one seller," Slim said. "We make 10,000 prior to the fair." 

A total of 218 food and beverage locations, 308 commercial vendors, and thousands of animals lined up at the fair. Organizers say they're ready to welcome back families with open arms. 

"This is so incredible to be opening our gates," said Tess Kerksen, public relations manager with the Wisconsin State Fair. 

The fair comes with some noticeable changes, including hundreds of hand sanitizing stations throughout the park. They're also going cashless. 

"You will be able to use cash throughout the park but for our parking and admission that will be cashless to reduce contact," said Kerksen.

The Milwaukee Bucks Milk House will not be open due to their extended season but it's expected next year. 

"We will actually have a cream puff to-go location in that spot," Kerksen said. 

As for McGinnis, he's hoping for a big crowd to serve. 

"It's going to be great for everyone," Slim said. 

The Wisconsin State Fair takes place Aug. 5-15. For more information, CLICK HERE

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