FAQ - 2020 Dane County Fair Cancellation

If you have any questions, please contact the Dane County Fair Office at danecountyfair2900@gmail.com



• Why did the Fair cancel?
- The Dane County Fair Association, Inc. Board of Directors assessed the risk to our exhibitors, their families, our volunteers, and the public as well as the uncertainty for social gatherings and the financial implications and determined that we are unable to host the Fair.

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Why did the Fair cancel so early?
- It was decided before our original decision date in the best interest of our departments. Due to the recent knowledge of financial commitments for individual departments, canceling in May reduced the financial risk for these departments.

What about the youth exhibitors?
- Our youth exhibitors and fair traditions are very important to us, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of every patron that joins us at the Dane County Fair. This consideration also extends to the Fair and 4-H staff, carnival employees, food and commercial vendors, entertainment, dedicated volunteers and judges, and hard-working Chairs and Superintendents who make our Fair possible.

What if my youth is aging out of participation and this was their last Fair?
- The Dane County Fair Association, Inc. Board of Directors has determined that any youth exhibitor who is aging out of participation this year and is enrolled in a 2020 project will be eligible to participate in the 2021 Dane County Fair within the same project areas. This exception is only made for the 2021 Dane County Fair under the Fair Rules. More details to come.

Will sponsors and vendors receive refunds?
- Yes, all sponsors and vendors have the option to roll over their 2020 agreements and payments to the 2021 Fair or receive a full refund. Contact the Fair Office at danecountyfair2900@gmail.com or 608-291-2900 to discuss the options.

When was the notification sent out about the cancellation?
- All partners, sponsors, vendors, Chairs, Superintendents, judges, staff, volunteers, entertainment, 4-H, FFA, etc. were notified by email or phone prior to the press release being sent to media on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Are you going to have a virtual Fair?
- The Dane County Fair Association, Inc. Board of Directors has decided not to have a virtual exhibition Fair. The Fair Staff is reviewing the possibility of a non-exhibit virtual Fair and will communicate extensively if it moves forward.

What happens to the Meat Animal Sale?
- The Dane County Meat Animal Sale is managed by the Dane County Meat Animal Sale Association. Please contact Lauren Ace, Committee Chair, at 608-520-1578 with any questions.

When is the 2021 Dane County Fair?
- The 2021 Dane County Fair will be held July 15-18, 2021 at Alliant Energy Center.

Who is your media contact?
- Danielle Ziegler, General Manager: danecountyfair2900@gmail.com or 608-291-2900