Fair on a Budget

Fair on a Budget

At the Fair there is FUN to be had for everyone and for every budget!

FREE Parking


One mile away we have FREE parking at Lakeforest Mall. There is a shuttle (Yellow School Bus) that will run all day to and from the Fairgrounds. Located at Lost Knife Rd. and Odenhal Ave.

Admission Discounts

Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the gate.


Senior Day Brought to you by Adventist Health Care Shady Grove Medical Center
Tuesday, August 16 – Free admission for ages 62 and over from 10 am to 5 pm

Military Day Brought to you by US Army
Thursday, August 18 – Free admission all day for active military in uniform or with a valid military ID from 10 am to 5 pm


Group rates are available for 15 people or more – tickets are $9 per general admission ticket. Advance ticket sales for group rates are available at the Fair Office through August 12. Group tickets must be purchased in one single transaction and picked up prior to the first day of Fair.

Ride Discounts

Friday, August 12 – One-day ride wristbands will cost $20.00, from 3 pm to midnight only.


One-day ride wristband, available online only, through August 13 at midnight for $25.00. (Does not include Fair admission fee).


Monday, August 15 & Wednesday, August 17 – Family Day Ride Special

On Monday and Wednesday ONLY one-day ride wristbands will cost $25.00 ALL DAY, you may ride until 11pm! Ride all rides but the Air Raid. Ride wristbands WILL be placed on wrist at time of purchase. Absolutely no exceptions. ***CARNIVAL ONLY ACCEPTS CASH***

Free Entertainment


We provide fun for everyone!  Check out the Free Entertainment page for full descriptions.


  • Agricadabra Presents Healthy Eating of Ag – A fun educational act that will have you laughing and learning at the same time! Located on the PEPCO an Exelon Company Community Stage!
  • Carrie McQueen – Our wonderful stilt walker!  Be on the lookout for her roaming the grounds at the Fair!
  • Chainsaw Carver – Watch one of these carvers turn a huge log into a beautiful sculpture in Farmer’s Triangle!
  • Comedy Hypnotist – Brad Matchett puts on a hilarious show each night at the Fair on the PEPCO an Exelon Company Community Stage – don’t miss it!
  • Fast Action Motorsports – Race fast cars against your friends and other Fairgoers for FREE on the Upper Grounds!
  • Extreme Illusions & Escapes – Be sure to swing by the PEPCO an Exelon Company Community Stage for amazing stage illusions, skillful escapes, audience participation and exciting music!
  • Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show – The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will provide lots of laughter, thrills and chills to young and old alike. You will also be entertained while you see logging skills used throughout history, as well as those used today. It’s muscle against machine! This is real competition, at its BEST!  Fun for the whole family!
  • Raptors Up Close – Come see these birds of prey up close and learn all about them! Located on the PEPCO an Exelon Company Community Stage and on the Upper Grounds!
  • Music on Maple – For the first time we will have live music next to the Lone Oak Brewing Grapes and Grain Garden (Aug 15th only) come and join Unity Reggae Band.
  • Show-Me Swine Racers – Don’t miss these adorable racing pigs brought to you by Grant County Mulch! Located near the PEPCO an Exelon Company Community Stage!



Animal exhibits in Old MacDonald’s Barn are open each day beginning at 3pm Friday, August 12th.


The Barns display all types and breeds of various animals, such as:

  • Cows
  • Goats
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Alpaca
  • and sometimes babies too!



There are many contests you may participate in for free, such as:



Be sure to check out all the details in our Fair Catalog

Shows, Displays, and Demonstrations



There is an abundance of 4-H, livestock, and exhibits on display at the Fair.

Be sure to visit the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Mooo-ternity Ward & Milking Parlor!


  • Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Mooo-ternity Ward – You can check-in frequently to see if a calf is on its way or taking its first steps. You will be able to view the pregnant cows and those that are a few days old with their mothers all day long.
  • The Milking Parlor – where you can Milk a Cow by hand for $1, on various days and times. This is an excellent educational experience that demonstrates where our milk comes from.


The Fair has many interesting displays and demonstrations, such as:


  • Home Arts in Bldg. #6 – Here you can see baked goods, quilts, sewing projects, etc.
  • 4-H in Bldg. #6 – Where you can see the 4-H projects ranging from Farm & Garden to art projects.
  • Arts & Crafts in Bldg. #3 – Entries of all ages are displayed where you can view the community’s works of art.
  • Photography in Bldg. #3 – Entries of all ages are displayed where you can view the community’s photographs.
  • Farm & Garden in Bldg. #2 – Here you can see fresh vegetables, honey, flowers, and more!
  • Old Timers in Bldg. #2 – Provides a look back at true craftsmanship!  Wood working, canning, and more can be seen!


Please see each building for demonstration schedule.


Animal shows are held in our Cattle, Swine, and Sheep & Goat Pavilions on various days and times.*


Horse events are held in the Horse Arena on various days and times*