Day 5 - State Fair Blog done (Sponsor's Name Here)-style

Published on: 8/5/2013

Day 5 from 2012 (includes links to all previous Day 5s)

Just a quick follow-up from Saturday...  I just (10:25 PM on Monday night) looked at the Journal Sentinel website, and other than a "Hot Topic" of the State Fair schedule (which, five days later, still has all 11 days of the schedule) there is no reference to the State Fair.

But there are TWO headlines for Lollapalooza, which happened in Chicago this past weekend.

So I clicked the link for the "Hot Topic" to go to the non-updated schedule, and see another "Hot Topic" link for 2013 State Fair. 

Let's play the "(Sponsor's Name Here) Blog Home Game"!  

Open up a new browser, go to JS Online, click the schedule "Hot Topic", then click on the "2013 State Fair" link.

Go ahead, I'll wait.

Good.  Now go back to that browser tab and hit your "Page Down" key on your keyboard exactly once.  OK, we see some videos and photos of people we don't know, but that's OK, at least its something.  On your left, there is a headline "Video: Geico Skytypers cruise over Lake Michigan before Milwaukee Air & Water Show". Not sure how that got there, but it happened over the weekend, so a slight pass.

Hit your "Page Down" key one more time.

I'll wait some more.

A big-assed block of "Summerfest Highlights" and just below it, another big-assed block of "Summerfest videos".

My Lord, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is just mailing it in, aren't they?  I got a little grief about my comment the other day about how much $$ that Summerfest must be sliding to the media folks to get them to be the lead story on every newscast on every station.  But to have Summerfest links on a State Fair "page". C'mon, guys. At least pretend that Summerfest isn't juiced into every Milwaukee summer article.

And you know what's most disappointing?  I didn't even want to discuss that garbage above.  But in my effort to find links to what I did want to talk about... Sigh.  So now allow me to take a second crack at what I really wanted to talk about.

Popular songs will say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  My-Sugar-Na contends that the first day of school is the most wonderful time of the year.

Somewhere in there, though, the State Fair's annual Crazy Grazin' Day has got to take a spot.

Without going into yet another rant, when my wife and I first discovered Crazy Grazin' Day a half dozen or so years ago, the copy talked about smaller portions at smaller prices.  In other words, I could graze from stand to stand, have a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  The past couple of years (and being more pronounced in 2012) there are significantly fewer concessionaires offering smaller portions; instead they offer a full portion for a quarter or half-a-buck off.  In fairness, do note that the State Fair's Crazy Grazin' Day page does not mention smaller portions this year.

There is certainly still value for getting four-bits off the price, but getting full portions actually reduces the amount of grazin' I can do.  Two or three full portions and (even) I start to get full.  Which is too bad, as I really like trying different things.

So after just throwing that out there, here is some of the Grazin' that I plan on doing tomorrow (subject to change based on my girlish whims)...

  • Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich (slider size) • $3.00 from Saz's.
  • Reuben Brat on a Pretzel Bun • $5.00 at Slim McGinns. Hopefully for $5 I get a full brat. AND/OR Smoked Jalapeño Cheese Brat • $2.50 from Miller Lite Sports Bar and Grill.  My guess is that this is a half a brat.
  • Klements All-Beef Hot Dog on a Pretzle (sic) Bun • $2.50 at Benno's Leinie Lounge OR Frankfurter with Kraut • $2.00 from Usingers. I will buy the one with brown mustard.
  • Flavored Crick-ettes or Larvettes • $2.50 from All Things Jerky. I don't know if it is really crickets or larva, but I am intrigued enough to look into it.
  • Reuben On-a-Stick • $4.00 from Jake's Deli. I enjoyed this last year, but was very messy.
  • (See, this is where it gets dicey. With a full brat, dog and a stick of Reuben, I can see myself starting to get full...)
  • Italian Sausage with Onions, Peppers & Sauce • $6.50 from Charley's, the best Italian Sausage at the Fair.
  • Deep Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich • $3.00 from the Machine Shed.  Problem is that this $3 sandwich requires it to be washed down with a $7 beer, making it a $10 "graze".

Again, the list is subject to change (or I could go off-the-board and have a Hungarian Griller from Rupens's or Brioche Con Gelato from La Coppa Artesan Gelato.

Probably going to skip the Cajun Frogs Legs from Joey's Seafood and the Thanksgiving Waffle from Slims West.  The Adventure-O-Meter will probably be broken before I get that far.