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: 608-469-2428

2020 Fair Dates to Remember

April 25 Fair Shoot: Rifle-Air & .22: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Stoughton Conservation Club
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
June 28, 1 p.m. Clothing Revue @ Dane County Extension
July 11 Dog Show: Agility Judging Event:  @ Canine Sports Zone
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

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.  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 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 will continue to be required.

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

2019 Draft Horse Youth/Novice Congress SHOW BOOK


Fair Entry Information

Online Entries                       MAKE FAIR ENTRIES - coming mid-April

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

Phone number for Dane County Fair Entries: 608-469-2428

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

All Animal entries will require additional identification details.

Project entry specific information for Dairy Miss Q entry, Dog class information, Horse & Pony class & stabling information and Shooting sports registration for times is included as part of the selection of entry department/class/lots with FairEntry. 

Dairy:   Dairy Stalling (due July, 2020)

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

Email: with questions

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

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, 2020.  

2019 Non-4-H Organization Horse & Pony Education Requirements and Education Card

More Fair Information

Department Entry Requirements and Limits
Individual Conference Judging by Video Conference Request
Dane County Farm Bureau Educational Agriculture Display Funding Information & Application

Shavings Order Form
Horse & Pony Stall Mat Order Form
The Fair's Inclement Weather Plan
Release of Youth Exhibits on Sunday
Project Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

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 project will be located in 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. 

Fair Premium Book & Exhibitor Registration Information

2019 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. 2020 Premium Book Change Request Form.  Download form, complete and email to by November 1.

2019 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 

contacts corrected 4/22/2019

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 Time Registration with FairEntry

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.

Fair Results for Projects and Entries: Results are searchable!