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Published on June 19, 2014

Let’s Go to the Fair!

Plan for some great family fun by checking out these local fairs.

County fairs originated as agricultural shows, where livestock were exhibited and judged (think Charlotte’s Web) in the late 1700s. Today’s county fairs remain a celebration of local agriculture, plus more fun for the whole family like rides, live entertainment, food tents, exciting displays and competitions. Check out the fairs near you below.

Dane County Fair: The Dane County Fair, established in 1851, is a destination for families in and around Dane County. This year, the fair will be held July 16–20 at the Alliant Energy Center. Each day of the fair has a theme, including Dog Day of Summer, Military Appreciation Day, Kids Day, Safety Day and Family Fiesta Day. The Dane County Fair is the perfect way to experience local food vendors, shopping and entertainment with the whole family.

Stoughton Fair: The Stoughton Fair is an annual nonprofit event that provides fun for people of all ages and economic backgrounds. It’s run entirely by volunteers, with venues that provide valuable life skills like responsibility, leadership and friendship. This year, the fair will be held July 2–6 at the Stoughton Fairgrounds in Mandt Park. The Stoughton Fair features a carnival, lumberjack show, farm tractor and truck pull, pig wrestling, eating contests and more!

Rock County Fair: The Rock County 4-H, a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was the first 4-H Fair in the United States and remains the largest youth fair to this day. The 4-H clubs feature corn, dairy calf, sheep and baby beef projects and their goal is to teach skills like citizenship, leadership and responsibility to young people. The Rock County Fair will be held July 22–27 at the Janesville Fairgrounds and includes live music, rides, games and animals.

Iowa County Fair: The Iowa County Fair, also established in 1851, is the last great celebration of the summer. The fair will be held August 28–September 1 at the Mineral Point Fairgrounds. The fair offers grandstand shows, exhibits, carnival rides, tractor pulls, harness races, a demolition derby and more! Celebrate Labor Day and the last weekend before school starts with the whole family at the Iowa County Fair.

Lakefront Festival of Art: If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the Lakefront Festival of Art in Milwaukee this weekend, June 20–22. The festival takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum. It was named one of the top 25 art festivals in the country and includes paintings, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry and much more. There will also be food, music and activities for the whole family, including the Children’s Area, which will feature face painters, jugglers, magicians and a Children’s Art Tent.

What’s your favorite county fair activity? Share in the comment section below!

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