The Wisconsin State Fair kicks off today at 8:00 am.

Are you looking to save some cash at the fair? Bring along some nonperishable food. Opening Day at the great state fair is Hunger Task Force Day.

"You can come on in with two nonperishable food items and get in for $2.00 during Hunger Task Force $2.00 day. That runs until 6pm."

Patrice Harris, spokesperson with the Wisconsin State Fair, says in these poor economic times, event organizers are giving you a discount when you help others.

"Now more than ever the food pantries need food that's gonna go to help people."

Also, the State Fair welcomes members of the U.S. military. Harris says GIs can go to a participating Wal*Mart store to get a coupon good for $3.00 off the regular admission price any day at the fair before 3 pm.

This Wednesday is the Salute to Wisconsin Scouts Day. Boys and Girls scouts get in free if they're in uniform. Scout leaders in uniform get two bucks off the price of admission.

NOTE: Once you're in the gates on opening day — Hunger Task Force Day — Harris says you'll find $1.00 rides starting at 10:00 going through 6:00.

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