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

2018 Youth Project Judging Schedule Now Available

The Dane County Fair introduces a new schedule for 2018, shifting the days to Thursday, July 19 - Sunday, July 22, 2018. Project and Animal arrival will be Wednesday, July 18. 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 exhibitors throughout the Exhibition Hall, New Holland Pavilions and Arena Building. 

Click for the complete 2018 Youth Project Judging Schedule (or 3-up document to print for multiple families)

Shooting Sports Fair Events

The Dane County Shooting Sports committee has made some changes to the shooting sports events for 2018.  The qualifying classes will continue to be run as is the past.  The last scheduled class date will be the Fair shoot for that discipline.  This change was implemented in 2017 with the .22 pistol and rifle programs and ran very smoothly.  The qualifying class dates are posted on the 4-H/Youth Events Calendar at Dane County UW Extension.  The Fair Shooting Sports Event dates are also listed below in Dates to Remember.  Registration for Fair Shoot times will be at the qualifying classes.

Key items to note:

  1. Youth exhibitor will still need to attend the appropriate number of classes to qualify to shoot for each discipline as in the past.
  2. They will need to sign up for a time to shoot for the fair shoot.  We will have those sign ups at the practices and will be filled on a first come basis
  3. Scores will be tallied on the date of the shoot and held until Fair time, they will be cross referenced with Blue Ribbon (You will still need to enter your Class/Lots on Blue Ribbon) anyone whom does not sign up with Blue Ribbon will be disqualified and scores removed from the rankings.
  4. The Wildlife Ecology Knowlege Challenge test will continue to be required. The test will be given during the day of check-in, Wednesday, July 18 at the Fair at the Dane County Fair grounds.  It will be open 1-8 p.m..  There is no admission charged this day so everyone should be able to get in and take the test during the day.

2018 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress

The Dane County Fair is excited to welcome the 2018 Darft Horse Youth/Novice Congress again at this year’s Fair. The Congress is an event co-sponsored by the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A. and the Belgian Draft Horse Youth & Education Fund 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 - COMING IN APRIL 2018

Online Entries               SUBMIT ENTRIES HERE

Fair Project and Animal entries are due Thursday, June 7, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

Leaders Guide to Entries                 Exhibitors Guide to Entries

Dairy:   Miss Q Contest Entry Info
            Dairy Stalling

Horse:  Class Information & Stabling Request Form

Dog:     Dog Class Information Form

Shooting Sports:
Registration for Fair Shooting Sports Events

---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, 2018.  

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

Animal Housing 

The 2018 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 2018 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. 

2018 Fair Dates to Remember
2018 Youth Projects Judging Schedule  (3-up doc)

April 14

Fair Shoot:.22 Rifle: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club
Fair Shoot: Air Rifle: 1-5 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club

June 16 Fair Shoot: Shotgun-Trap & Skeet: 12 - 6 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club
June 21 Fair Shoot: Muzzle Loading: 6 p.m. @ Roudebush Farm
June 30 Fair Shoot: .22 Pistol and Air Pistol: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club
June Clothing Revue - watch for email confirming date
July 14 Fair Shoot: Archery Spots & 3D Archery: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Poynette Bowhunters Association
July 15 Fair Shoot: Archery Spots & 3D Archery: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Poynette Bowhunters Association
July 15 Dog Show
July 17 Foods Review and Cake Decorating Youth Project Judging
July 18, 1 p.m.
Youth Project ENTRY Day: 1 - 8 p.m.
July 19 - 22 Dane County Fair
July 22 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  - 2018 Premium Book will be available in March.

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

  • Shooting Sports Registration
  • Shooting Sports T-Shirt Order Form

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
Horse & Pony Stall Mat 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)

See Dane County Extension for more Fair Sign-up Information

Project Protector

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 $30 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

Shooting Sports 2017 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.