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
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.
---see below Premium Book table for additional Department specific information (above form links are the same as below).---
Email: email@example.com 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.
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.
|May 4||Registration Due for .22 Rifle & .22 Pistol Shoots|
||.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|
||Entry Tags available|
||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 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.
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
Dane County Farm Bureau Educational Agriculture Display Funding Information & Application
Shavings Order Form
Grounds-Animals 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.