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 - Fair ResultsYouth News & Information

Phone Number for Dane County Fair Entries Dept:

2020 Fair Dates to Remember

April 25 Fair Shoot: Rifle-Air & .22: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club  POSTPONED.
May 1 Horse & Pony Declaration & Behavior Policy Agreement Due
June 4
Dane County Fair Entries Due
June 15 Youth Animal Education Forms Due
June 20

Fair Shoot: Pistol-Air & .22: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club 

Fair Shoot: Shotgun: 9 - 11:30 a.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club

June 28, 1 p.m. Clothing Revue @ Dane County Extension
July 10 & 11 Fair Shoot: Archery-3D & Spots Events @ Stoughton Conservation Club
July 11 Dog Show: Agility Judging Event:  @ Cindy Ennis' farm
July 12 Dog Show: Showmanship, Obedience @ Alliant Energy Center
July 14 Foods Review and Cake Decorating Youth Project Judging
July 15, 1 p.m.

Youth Project ENTRY Day: 1 - 8 p.m.

Beef, Sheep, Swine entries must be checked in by 7 p.m.

July 16 - 19
Dane County Fair
July 16, 1 p.m.

Communication Arts Festival at the Fair

July 19

Dress-A-Critter 11:15 a.m.
Rockstars in the Ring 1 p.m.
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.


Youth News & Information

Horse & Pony Declaration Form Open, Due May 1

The Dane County Fair Horse & Pony Declaration Form is open and is due May 1, 2020.  Each Horse & Pony Exhibitor, including Horseless Horse members, must submit the declaration form for their project animal(s) they intend to show and agree to the Horse & Pony Exhibitor Behavior Policy.  It is not required to declare two horses if you only intend on showing one horse.  A maximum of two equine may be shown by an exhibitor at the Dane County Fair.  If the form is not received/submitted by the due date/time, the youth exhibitor will not be allowed to show Horse & Pony at the 2020 Dane County Fair.  The Declaration form must be submitted by May 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. 

Direct any questions to Laurie or Ann Marie at the Dane County Fair entry office: phone: 608-469-2428 or

.22 RIFLE and Air RIFLE Shooting Sports Registration Open
Due to COVID-19 the Rifle event is Postponed.

The Dane County Fair Shooting Sports event for.22 Rifle and Air Rifle are scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020.  FairEntry is now open for event registration and timeslot selection for this event only.

  • .22 Rifle event will be held on April 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (last line begins at 11:30 a.m.)
  • Air Rifle event will be held on April 25, 2020, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (last line begins at 4 p.m.)

Both events will be held at the Stoughton Conservation Club, Indoor Pistol Range, 984 Collins Road, Stoughton, WI. 

Entry and Registration for your shooting event and time is required and is now open.  Registration will close midnight, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Shooting Sports Fair Events

The Dane County Shooting Sports committee continues a similar schedule in 2020 as was in 2019.  The qualifying classes will continue to be run as is the past.  The last scheduled class date will generally be the Fair shoot for that discipline.  Qualifying class dates are posted on the 4-H/Youth Events Calendar at Dane County UW Extension.  Confirmed Fair Shooting Sports Event dates are also listed above in Dates to Remember.  Registration for Fair Shoot times is in conjunction with your Fair entries, FairEntry.

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.  Timeslots are available with entry via FairEntry on a first-reserved basis.
  3. Scores will be tallied on the date of the shoot and held until Fair time, they will be cross referenced with FairEntry (You will still need to enter your Class/Lots on FairEntry) anyone whom does not sign up with FairEntry will be disqualified and scores removed from the rankings.
  4. The Wildlife Ecology Knowledge Challenge test is required. Three dates are offered:
  • Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11: Archery Fair Shoot days at Stoughton Conservation Club (July 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and July 11 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 15, 1-8 p.m. at the Fair at the Dane County Fair grounds, Exhibition Hall A. There is no admission charged this day.

2020 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress

The Dane County Fair is excited to welcome the 2020 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress again at this year’s Fair. The Congress is an event sponsored by the Mid-West Draft Horse Enthusiasts 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. 

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2020 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress or contact the organizers at 608-566-6000 and

2020 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress SHOW BOOK



- Exhibitor Entry Resource Guide

Online Entries                     

 FairEntry opening April 22

Guide to Entries
** Read for FairEntry System Details**


Phone number for Dane County Fair Entries:

Fair Project and Animal entries are due Thursday, June 4, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.


Youth Exhibitor Animal Code of Practice  **Print for signatures.


Department Entry Requirements and Limits Summary

Individual Conference Judging by Video Conference Request

---see below Premium Book table for additional Department specific information.---

Email: with questions

Club/Chapter Forms & Information

At Fair Information

See Dane County Extension for more Fair Sign-up Information

Animal Housing 

The 2020 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 be housed in the Mendota room of the Exhibition Hall.
Grounds & Animal Housing Map   

Project Display Locations

The 2020 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. 

Flowers & House Plants will be located in Exhibition Hall Mendota Rooms 7-8

Animal & Veterinary Science projects will be located in New Holland Pavilion 1 Pre-function room.

Exhibition Hall Youth Exhibits Map

Fair Premium Book

2020 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. 2021 Premium Book Change Request Form.  Download form, complete and email to by November 1.

2020 Premium Book Departments and Forms

EDUCATION Requirements Form Resource:

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

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 water and electrical hook-ups. The dump station is located on the North side of the North Lot.
  • Campsite location is on first come, first serve basis. 2020 Camping for Dane County Fair will be available beginning TUESDAY afternoon, July 14, 2020.
  • Camping will be self-registration/self-payment and AEC will monitor camping permits and payments.
  • Cost is $35 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.

Additional camping may be available at 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 2019 Results Congratulations to Top Shot Award winner, Neil Droster of Twin Valley 4-H and Mt. Horeb FFA.  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.

2020 Fair Results for Projects and Entries: Results are searchable!