Waukesha County Fair kicks off today

CREATED Jul 16, 2014

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The oldest county fair in the state is back. The Waukesha County Fair starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday, with plenty of food, fun, and new attractions.

Despite the chilly start, big crowds are expected at this year's fair.

"It’s going to warm up this weekend,” says Executive Director Shari Black. “Wednesday's supposed to be our coolest day. In years past - just last year, it was 100 degrees Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. We're excited to have the cooler temps. It helps everyone stay more comfortable, especially the animals."

Speaking of animals, there’s a new one coming to the fair this year. The Swampmaster Gator Show will have alligators, and the Swampmaster himself will climb into a pool of water with one of them. It’s an educational experience that’ll thrill kids and parents alike.

“Well, it's just exciting. It's definitely not a creature that we have in this area," says Black.

One attraction they are bringing back this year are the hot air balloons.

Organizers hope to have over 100,000 people for this year's fair.

Wednesday, each ride is just one ticket, and tickets are $1.25. Today is also "dollar day" - one dollar for admission, one dollar for parking.  The fair runs through Sunday

For more information on this year's headliners and other fair information: http://www.waukeshacountyfair.com/