Pictured: Senior showmanship class for steers at the Dodge County Fair
If you’re looking for a great way to end your summer, look no further than the Dodge County Fair. Relax, reconnect and enjoy the rest of what summer has to offer in Beaver Dam – Aug. 17-21. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. and festivities conclude at midnight.
The rural setting is easily accessible from US Highway 151, making it a convenient drive from Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay. Don’t worry about parking or traffic congestion. Enjoy stress-free parking — free-of-charge — in the sprawling parking area.
Admission into the festival includes a full day of interactive activities, live music, food and fun for the whole family. Each day also features thrilling evening entertainment and concerts in the outdoor venue on the grandstand stage.
Daily admission of only $7 (before noon) and $10 (after noon) will gain you access to three FREE concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Live music from Russell Dickerson, Clay Walker and Smash Mouth will take the stage at 8 p.m. If that top-notch entertainment isn’t enough, you will also enjoy the two exciting demolition derbies on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. These events are also free of charge.
Support local youth and community members. A variety of crops, food, arts and crafts, and animal exhibits will be available for viewing and judging. At just 11-years-old, Lucy Stowell is a big help at the Dodge County Fair. Although she claims to be the most competitive of the four siblings, she helps her three brothers and her peers get ready for the show ring. She tells Mid-West Farm Report this is her fourth year showing a project at the fair — and she’s got her hands full!
Showing projects at the Dodge County Fair is multi-generational for Kevin Voigt. He grandfather showed, and today he watches his grandkids show animals. And he’s been providing a unique service for the students – for over 20 years, Voigt Farm Sales allows exhibitors to use shavings in exchange for their help. Voigt tells Mid-West Farm Report about why he continues to provide that service.
Local musicians will also be performing throughout the week on a variety of stages. Acts will feature cover bands, throwback hits from the 1950s through the 2000s, classic rock, pop and country music – and more. And you won’t want to miss the 26th annual Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Contest on Saturday at 5 p.m., when dozens of local competitors inhale delicious pastries in front of the crowd.
The five-day festival includes midway rides and games with daily specials and ticket prices. This season brings with it new schedules, new specials and even more fun. Make sure that you review our daily midway specials, before planning your visit to Beaver Dam. Wristband offerings will take place throughout the week, offering both kids and adults unlimited enjoyment of all of the rides during limited times most days.
Looking for more savings? Discounted, season fair tickets are available at most Dodge County Banks, Beaver Dam Food Pride, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly or at the Fairgrounds office. Fair passes make your daily admission only $5.40 per day when attending all five days of the fair.
While you’re here try some seasonal, fair food yourself. It may be your last opportunity this year to try your own cream puff, a bag of cotton candy, snow cone or something fried on a stick.