Rides, food on a stick, beer, exotic foods, regional bands, farm animals, crafts and homemade baked goods.  These things and more will be what you can expect to see and experience at a county fair.

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County fair time is a great time to get out and explore everything that is Minnesota.    Now that the weather is starting to finally feel like summer, it's great to not only see things that people have been working on for the whole year, but also to see people that you may not see other than at your local county fair.

Many people tend to go to the same fair every year.  Some are free, some have a fee before you enter the fair.  If you do have to pay, sometimes the entertainment might be on a scale that is higher that some other fairs.  The entertainment is always good, but it's sometimes nice to not have to pay an entrance fee to see those show.  Some of the grandstand events may still have a fee attached, so it's best to check that out before heading to the fair if you plan on attending.

Here are some of the area county fair dates that you can mark on your calendar.


Sherburne County Fair July 18-21. Located in Elk River.  Check out their website. 

Anoka County Fair July 23-28  Information on their website. 

Faribault County Fair July 24-27 Check out their website 

Benton County Fair July 30- August 4 Check out their website

Stearns County Fair July 31 through August 4. For more info - here is their website. 


Becker County Fair August 6-10, 2024. More information on their website

Brown County Fair in New Ulm Aug. 7–11 in New Ulm. Check out their website for entertainment and other information.

Steele County Fair - August 13-18 in Owatonna.  This fair is very popular.  You can get more information on their website  They have some great entertainment grandstand shows scheduled.  Fairgoers will need to get tickets for those shows.

Douglas County Fair in Alexandria.  August 14-17.  Check out their website for ticket info and more.  .

McLeod County Fair happening August 15-18 in Hutchinson. Check out their website.  

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