Which will you try? Eight finalists selected for 4th annual State Fair "Sporkies" competition

WEST ALLIS -- Wisconsin State Fair officials say eight finalists have been selected from 26 entries for the fair's fourth annual "Sporkies" food competition.

A panel of local celebrity judges – with some help from fairgoers – will choose the recipients of four Golden Spork Awards during this year’s Wisconsin State Fairwhich will take place Thursday, August 4th – Sunday, August 14th.

The eight pre-selected finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place.

Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10th at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater.

Celebrity judges this year include:

    State Fair officials say again this year, one lucky fairgoer will have the opportunity to sit alongside the celebrity panel and taste-test the final creations as a guest judge.

    Interested foodies will be able to enter the contest starting July 12th via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Sporkies2016. Entries must be completed by August 3rd.

    Fair guests are encouraged to participate in the judging during the fair by sampling all of The Sporkies entries and voting for their favorites to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers’ Fave.

    Voting can be done on Facebook via a voting app, on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FairgoersFave, or at the Guest Services Pavilion located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.

    Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be open from Thursday, August 4th – Tuesday, August 9th, and the entry with the most votes will also be awarded a Golden Spork Trophy during the final judging on August 10th.

    A 13-foot spork trophy will be displayed at Sporkies finalist location and all vendors who entered will feature a poster at their fair location(s).

    All food items entered will also be available for purchase during the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.

    Finalists are pictured below:

    Water Street Brewery: Deep Fried Ol' Fashioned

    Sprecher Root Beer: Everything Root Beer Float Cake

    Saz's Bavarian Haus: Klement's Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog

    McZars Lakefront: Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

    DT Concessions Fiesta Cookie Dough: Cookie Dough Fondue

    Bryan's Concessions Mexican Grill: Thanksgiving Day Burrito

    Brew City Pizza: Chili Mac Bottom Pizza

    All Things Jerky Exotic Meat Grill: Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

    Finalists are BOLD below with a complete list of Sporkies entries:

    50 Yarder On-a-Stick Emma’s Cookie Kitchen
    Bacon Pork Burger Pork Schoppe
    Banana Split Cheesecake Square Aggie’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
    Blue Moon Marinated Pork Tacos with Garlic Parmesan Fries Tavern at the Park
    Caramel Apple Hard Cider Float Slim McGinn’s Irish Pub
    The Chili-Mac Bottom Pizza Brew City
    Cookies & Cream Mini Donuts The Donut Family
    Crabby Lobster Melt Tropics at the Fair
    Deep-Fried Bread Pudding Bites On-a-Stick Saz’s Ribs
    Deep-Fried Ol’ Fashioned Water Street Brewery
    Door County Surf & Turf On-a-Stick Door County Fish Boil
    Elvis Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub and Eatery
    Fiesta Cookie Dough Cookie Dough Fondue
    Hefe Weiss Cake Sprecher Landing
    Jerky Cheese Fries Exotic Meat Grill
    Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Corn Dog Bavarian Haus
    Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger Exotic Meat Grill
    Muddy Martian Ice Cream Cedar Crest Ice Cream
    Not Your Father’s Fish Tacos Slim’s PBR Park
    Raw Oyster Shooter Joey’s Seafood
    Red Velvet Cake Milkshake Hand Dipped Ice Cream
    Root Beer Float Cake Sprecher Root Beer Everything
    Texas Tater Tots Tropics at the Fair
    Thank-full Chicken Sandwich Rupena’s
    Thanksgiving Day Burrito Mexican Grill
    Twisted Turtle Donut Sprecher Landing