Wisconsin State Fair & the Pork Schoppe

According to an old Wisconsin State Fair slogan, it’s the most wonderful time of the year — State Fair, that is! Okay, I admit Christmas might come out ahead. But without a doubt, this is a top-ranked summer outing, full of fun, entertainment and great food!

The Pork Schoppe at Wisconsin State Fair

The Pork Schoppe at Wisconsin State Fair

This year, sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Association, I set out for the fair with my husband and daughter.  After a couple days of rain and cold, it was a perfect Saturday morning!

We began the day with omelets at the Wisconsin Products Building, then did a tour of the animal barns. After a ride on the big Ferris wheel, we headed over to the Pork Schoppe for lunch. 

Big Ferris Wheel

Big Ferris Wheel

We had decided on an early lunch to avoid the weekend rush.  Though the booth’s location, at the northeast corner of the Wisconsin Products building, means less crowding. We did a quick browse of the menu which showed products that were affordable, healthy and tempting–even for a constant weight-watcher like me.

Our menu selections included three items: the Butterfly Pork Chop sandwich at $6 (or $3.25 for a half), the Pork Chop on a Stick at $7 and the Pork Burger, $5. Other pork offerings include bacon at $1/slice and piggy sticks (the pork version of beef sticks) at $3.  

Butterfly Pork Chop Sandwich

Butterfly Pork Chop Sandwich – grilled, not breaded and fried

Now I have to confess–I’ve been eating the Butterfly Pork Chop sandwich for years! A 5-ounce portion of lean, tender, perfectly seasoned meat, it is grilled, then nestled in a soft sandwich bun. Most years we split one at lunchtime, then grab another “for the road” as we leave. In my family, it’s as essential a fair food as cream puffs and maple cotton candy!  

Pork Chop on a Stick

Pork Chop on a Stick (aka “slab”)

The Pork Chop on a Stick was new to me and the first word that came to mind was “slab.” Weighing in at 8 ounces, it is tender and beautifully seasoned like the pork chop sandwich. It’s an ideal choice for anyone going low carb, or for big meat lovers.  I think my husband was in food heaven.  

Eating Pork Chop on a Stick

Eating Pork Chop on a Stick

Our final selection was the pork burger. If you are a hamburger lover, you have to try the delicious pork version. It was a V8 moment for me—why hadn’t I done this before!  

Pork Burger

Pork Burger

Yes, every year I order a quarter pig from a local farmer. This was a good reminder why!

We’ve been visiting the Pork Schoppe for years, but this year I learned that it is staffed by volunteers from organizations like FFA and 4H. Working to raise funds for their programs, the volunteers are friendly and professional.  And in decades of visiting we never encountered anyone who wasn’t perfectly courteous and knowledgeable.  

The Pork Schoppe at Wisconsin State Fair

The Pork Schoppe at Wisconsin State Fair

And just one reminder if you are planning to cook pork at home. When I was a growing up, you had to cook pork well done. With the virtual elimination of trichinosis in US commercial pork, USDA cooking recommendations have changed. Steaks, chops and roasts are now considered safe cooked to 145 F, with a 3-minute rest (ground pork must still go to 160F).  The result is a juicier, more tender product. Mmm!

The Wisconsin State Fair runs through August 13 in West Allis. Thanks to the Wisconsin Pork Association for sponsorship and Wisconsin Whisk for coordination.

Now how about a few more fun fair sights!

Big Slide

Big Slide 


Wouldn’t be Wisconsin without Cheese


Cute Animals

Honey booth

More great agricultural products

Fair Monorail

And a good time was had by all

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8 thoughts on “Wisconsin State Fair & the Pork Schoppe

  1. David

    We both love pork, and I that we would love the pork schoppe at the state fair! We grill variety of pork burgers – Middle Eastern seasoning, Asian seasoning, and just plain old salt and pepper! We love them! I started grinding my own pork and it is amazing! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of the fair – state or county fairs are so much fun!

    1. Inger Post author

      I would love to grind some of my own meat David! A good meat grinder is on my wish list (which unlike my recipe list, IS gradually getting shorter).

  2. Velva

    What a fun day at the fair! My husband would be all over the pork chop and your description how it is made sounds divine. And your right, Wisconsin fair without cheese, unthinkable!
    Thanks for sharing the day with us.


    1. Inger Post author

      That pork on a stick really was perfect “man food” (not to gender stereotype or anything 😉 )

  3. cheri

    Hi Inger, the fair sounds like a great place to spend the weekend, back in the day I was in 4H and what a fun experience that was, sounds like you all had a wonderful time sampling the food.

    1. Inger Post author

      Oh, one of my friends growing up was in 4H and she was always doing something cool like knitting a sweater. Lucky you!

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