Youth Exhibitors

The Fair showcases and celebrates the achievements of Dane County's youth involved in 4-H, FFA, and other youth organizations. There were  7,150 youth exhibits at last year's Fair!

Online Entries - Schedule of Events - Premium Book

Youth News & Information

Communication Arts Festival Registration is Open

The Dane County Communication Arts Fristival will be held May 21, 2017, beginning at 1 p.m. at the 4-H Extension Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison.  Demontrations, Illustration talks, Speeches, Radio Broadcasts and more categories are offered.  See the Communication Arts webpage for more details and registration.  Registration for your individual or group performance is due May 13, 2017.

Shooting Sports Events - .22 Pistol and .22 Rifle Registration Open

The Dane County Fair Shooting Sports events for .22 Pistol and .22 Rifle have new dates this year.  The Stoughton Conservation Club facility where these events are held will be under renovation during the July 2017 Fair Shooting Sports event.
.22 Rifle event will be held on May 13, 2017, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
.22 Pistol event will be held on May 20, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Both events will be held at the Stoughton Conservation Club, .22 Range, 918 Collins Road, Stoughton, WI.  Participants must present their completed green certification card at the event.

Registration for your shooting time is required and is now open.  Registration will close May 4, 2017. 

Participant Requirements: 1) Youth registering and shooting these events will be required to also enter the corresponding classes with their Fair Entry when regular Fair entries open in mid-April.  2) Youth are also required to complete the Wildlife Ecology Knowledge Challenge during the July 14-15, 2017 Dane County Fair Shooting Sports event at the Stoughton Conservation Club to be eligible for scores, ribbons and premiums.

2017 Clydesdale Youth/Novice Congress

The Dane County Fair is excited to welcome the 2017 Clydesdale Youth/Novice Congress again at this year’s Fair. The Congress is an event sponsored by the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A. with focus on educating exhibitors and Fair attendees about the draft horse industry. 

The Congress will offer hands-on learning through educational seminars, including fitting and grooming, driving and harnessing, riding, general care, breeding and reproduction, nutrition and feeding, and conformation and judging. Visit Clydesdale for a schedule of events.

Mark your 2018 Calendar

The Dane County Fair will be moving to a four-day Fair in 2018.  Save the dates of Thursday, July 19 - Sunday, July 22, 2018 for the Dane County Fair.  This change will improve efficiency in the showrings and will provide more activities and value for Fair attendees to enjoy daily.  We will continue to showcase all the accomplishments of our youth exhhbitors throughout the Exhibition Hall, New Holland Pavilions and Arena Building. 

Project arrival, check-in and individual conference judging will occur on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 1-8 p.m. Further schedule details are being confirmed and will be shared this summer.

Fair Entry Information

Online Entries               SUBMIT ENTRIES HERE

Fair Project and Animal entries are due Friday, June 9, 2017.

Leaders Guide to Entries                 Exhibitors Guide to Entries

Dairy:   Miss Q Contest Entry Info
            Dairy Stalling

HorseClass Information & Stabling Request Form

Dog:     Dog Class Information Form

Shooting Sports:
Registration for .22 Rifle, .22 Pistol Shooting Times (Due May 4)

Registration for Fair Shooting Sports Events July 14 & 15

---see below Premium Book table for additional Department specific information (above form links are the same as below).---

Email: or Call: 608-224-0500 with questions

Horse & Pony Education Card/Information for youth enrolled in non-4-H youth organizations now available.

Non-4-H youth wishing to participate in the Horse & Pony project at the Dane County Fair must satisfy education requirements.  Education cards must be submitted to the Fair Office on or before June 15, 2017.  

Non-4-H Organization Horse & Pony Education Requirements and Education Card

Animal Housing 

The 2017 Fair will house animal entries in the New Holland Pavilions and Arena Building at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.  You will find Horses in Pavilion 1, Swine in the Arena Building and all other animal species in Pavilion 2 (Dairy, Beef, Goats, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbits & Cavies).  Pocket pets will continue to be housed in the Mendota room of the Exhibition Hall.
Grounds & Animal Housing Map.   

Project Display Locations

The 2017 Fair display areas for Youth Project Displays will be in the Exhibition Hall Mendota rooms and in the New Holland Pavilion 1 Pre-function room.  Exhibition Hall Youth Exhibits Map.

Club Banner

Display your Club banner during the Fair! See the Club Banner specifications. 

2017 Fair Dates to Remember

May 4 Registration Due for .22 Rifle & .22 Pistol Shoots
May 13
.22 Rifle Shooting Sports Event, Stoughton Conservation Club
May 13 Registration Due for Communications Arts Festival
May 20 .22 Pistol Shooting Sports Event, Stoughton Conservation Club
May 21, 1:00 p.m. Communication Arts Festival, Dane County Extension office, Fen Oak Dr.
June 9, 11:59 p.m. Dane County Fair Entries DUE.
June 25, 1:00 p.m. Clothing Revue, Dane County Extension office, Fen Oak
July 3
Entry Tags available
July 7
Club Banners for Display at Fair due to Dane County Fair office
July 14 & 15 Shooting Sports Event, Stoughton Conservation Club
July 16
Dog Show, Alliant Energy Center
July 17 Foods Revue, Alliant Energy Center
July 18, 8 a.m. Animal Exhibitors may bed down
July 18, 1 p.m.
Youth Project Entry Day: 1 - 8 p.m.
July 19 - 23 Dane County Fair: Ticket To Fun!
July 23 Youth Project & Animal Release
Sale Animal Release - 5:30 p.m.
Animal Display teardown - 6:30 p.m.
Project Release - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Check the Dane County Extension 4-H Youth Development Calendar for specific project meetings and requirements.

Fair Premium Book & Exhibitor Registration Information

2017 Premium Book 

Reminder: Any animals with ringworm, warts, mange or scab will be removed from the Fair or exhibition premises, unless the veterinarian in charge finds they are incapable of transmitting disease.

Premium Book Change Request

Submit your request for a change for next year's Premium Book. 2018 Premium Book Change Request Form 

2017 Premium Book Departments and Forms

Fair Rules & Regulations

Animal Health Regulations

1 Dairy

Youth Exhibitor Animal Code of Practice -   print for signatures

2 Beef

3 Swine

4 Sheep

Meat Animal Sale

5 Dairy Goats

Master Showmanship

6 Horse & Pony

7 Poultry

8 Rabbits

Small Animal Sale

9 Dogs

10 Animal & Vet Science

11 Exotic Animals

13 Cats

14 Plant & Soil Science

15 Flowers & House Plants

16 Natural Science & Shooting Sports

17 Exploring & Cloverbuds

18 Cultural Arts

20 Photography

21 Computers

22 Woodworking

23 Electricity

24 Mechanical Projects

25 Foods & Nutrition

26 Clothing

27 Knitting & Crocheting

28 Home Furnishings

29 Family & Child Development

31 Demos & Presentations

32 Booths

33 Youth Leadership & Self Determined

34 Health, Social, Political Sciences

More Fair Information

Dane County Farm Bureau Educational Agriculture Display Funding Information & Application
Shavings Order Form
Map and Exhibition Hall-Projects Map

Department Entry Requirements and Limits
The Fair's Inclement Weather Plan
Release of Youth Exhibits on Sunday

Project Check-In and Check-Out Procedures (Coming Soon)

See Dane County Extension for more Fair Sign-up Information

Project Protector

Youth & Community Stage

This free stage showcases a wide variety of performances, including singing, dancing, instrumental music, acrobatic performances, informational presentations and how-to demonstrations performed by local 4-H clubs, FFA organizations, community groups and solo acts. Stage times are Wed.- Fri. 2-7 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sign-up for a time slot on the Youth/Community Stage today by contacting Liz Matzke at 608-224-0500 or

Camping Information

Overnight camping at the Fair

  • Camping for The Dane County Fair will be in the North Lot with additional camping on Willow Island.  North Lot camping provides 35 stalls of water and electrical hook-ups.  Willow Island provides electrical hook-ups only. The dump station has been upgraded, located on the North side of the North Lot.
  • Campsite location is on first come, first serve basis.
  • Camping will be self-registration/self-payment and AEC will monitor camping permits and payments.
  • Cost is $25 per night.
  • Common Showers will be available in Pavilion 1, west end.
  • 4-H Exhibitors and Commercial Exhibitors will be kept separated.
  • Questions regarding camping can be directed to the Alliant Energy Center at 608-267-3976.

If you require water hook-ups, please visit Lake Farm Campground, approximately 3 miles (east) from AEC, this campground has electricity and water hook-ups available. Please call the Dane County Parks division at 608-246-3896 for assistance and to register.

Fair Results

Full Dane County Fair Results 2015

Shooting Sports 2016 Results Congratulations to Top Shot Award winner, Nate Wiltzius of Ashton Go-Getters.  Top Shot is a combination of scores from Indoor Archery, Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun.  The individual with the highest total score will be recognized with a plaque and have their name engraved on a traveling trophy.