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!
Youth News & Information
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 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress
The Dane County Fair is excited to welcome the 2017 Draft Horse 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.
Fair Entry Information
Horse & Pony Declaration form NEW DEADLINE.
The Dane County Fair Horse & Pony Declaration form is due Wednesday, MARCH 1, 2017, a new date from the previous May 20. The new date is the same date that 4-H project members must be enrolled in their project with Extension to be able to exhibit animals and projects at the Fair.
ALL HORSE AND PONY EXHIBITORS (4-H, FFA, Horseless Horse, etc.) must complete the mandatory declaration form for the 2017 Dane County Fair by March 1, 2017:
This simple electronic form may be completed using your computer, tablet or smart phone. Provide the required exhibitor, vet and horse information. Review the updated Horse & Pony Exhibitor Behavior Policy. When you submit the form, a copy of the form’s data will be sent to the email address you provide and to the Fair office. Questions? Fair office: 608-224-0500 or email: email@example.com
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.
Online Entries SUBMIT ENTRIES HERE
Fair Project and Animal entries will be be due Friday, June 9, 2017 and will open mid-April 2017.
Leaders Guide to Entries Exhibitors Guide to Entries
ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIRED FORMS
Horse: Declaration & Exhibitor Behavior Policy Form (Due March 1)
Horse: Stabling Request & Class Information Form
Dog: Dog Class Information Form
---see below Premium Book table for additional information, above form links are the same as below.---
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 608-224-0500 with questions
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.
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|
||.22 Rifle Shooting Sports Event, Stoughton Conservation Club|
|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||Entry Tags available|
|July||Club Banners for Display at Fair due to Dane County Fair office|
|July 14 & 15||Shooting Sports Event, Stoughton Conservation Club|
||Dog Show, Alliant Energy Center|
|July||Animal Exhibitors may bed down|
|July 17||Foods Revue, Alliant Energy Center|
|July 18||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
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
Youth Exhibitor Animal Code of Practice - print for signatures
More Fair Information
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.