Fair Activities

Antique Tractor Show

At the Antique Tractor Show, you will see the area’s largest collection of tractors manufactured prior to 1970! All tractors are restored, some even better than when they were new. Each year we have 75-100 tractors of which 90% come from within Freeborn County. The tractors are not judged, for all tractors are 1st place for the people that exhibit them at our fair.


Beer Garden

The beer garden is not just a place to come and sit to have a cold drink, but also a place to enjoy grandstand concerts without having to sit in the grandstand. There are two new exciting new things this year; the beer garden now offers mixed drinks, and pull-tabs. Open daily starting at 1:00pm., come and enjoy a cold brew at the fair see you at the garden.

Jeff Fjelstad

Cattle Department

The cattle department at the Freeborn County Fair features a modern, spacious barn providing a comfortable stay for the livestock, as well as the exhibitors, and a great place for fairgoers to view some of the best cattle in our area. Our milking facility, located in the northeast corner of the barn, allows visitors a great view of cows being milked and a chance to interact with the milkers. These dairymen take pride in keeping a clean milking area to present to the public and are happy to field any questions. Check your fair book for judging schedules.

Tracy Skaar – Superintendent

Commercial Exhibits

Again this year we have many commercial exhibits inside and outside to enjoy. Ranging from politicians to vacuums. Visit the Commercial building, under the Grandstand or outside along the streets, and you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Karnella Schwierjohann


Conservation Building

“Birds and fish and butterflies! Oh, my!”

Go wild at the Freeborn County Fair!

The Conservation Building is a natural oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the fair, where you may stop and enjoy some of the tranquil beauty and mind-calming delights of nature. A place to experience nature, the Conservation Building offers numerous species of fish, a chance to identify birds, an opportunity to see bufferflies emerging from their chrysalisea, and the occasion to visit with friendly experts.

Al Batt – Superintendent

Creative Arts & Crafts

A place to come and enjoy arts, crafts and food from Freeborn County and surrounding counties exhibitors. The competition is tough and the exhibits are easy on the eyes. These open class exhibitors have been working long and hard on their fair projects so don’t be afraid to take a look and enjoy the local talents.

Watch for major changes in the fair premium book. Reminder: Entry day for Creative Arts & Foods is Sunday. Judging is Monday.

Superintendent – , Mary Allison and Joey Honsey


Draft Horse Show

Come see these gentle giants. The draft horse show is one the favorites at the Freeborn County Fair. We have competitors that come from miles around to compete and drive their teams of horses. This show ranges from one-horse hitches all the way up to 6 horse hitches. You can find this awesome show at the outdoor arena on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

Gary & Stephanie Richter

Entertainment Square

Enjoy a seat in the shade and listen to local talent on our FREE entertainment stage. This stage has a variety of shows from, country to rock, and bluegrass to polka. Sunday there will be a talent show consisting of many different talents from young to old. Located just by the water fountains, so when you need a place to sit and rest you might as well enjoy a little entertainment from your break away from sightseeing at the fair.

Merle Krause

Fair Food

Each year we welcome 45-50 food vendors to our fair serving most any kind of fair food you can imagine! Some vendors have been with us 40+ years and others are new this year. Several local clubs and organizations operate these food stands as well as many private vendors from all over the country. They work very hard to bring you the best fair food experience around. Come and enjoy!

Troy Thompson – Concessions Manager

Floral Hall

If bright colors and fresh scents are what you enjoy then make sure you make a stop into floral hall. This is not just a building full of cut flowers. There are table artistry, potted and hanging plants, displays from local flower shops and much more. Entry day is Monday, judging is on Tuesday, check out the big winners.

Danny and Sue Steele

Freeborn County 4-H

4-Hers  will have their general projects on display in the 4-H Building located on the South end of the fairgrounds. It is full of general projects that help the 4-Hers expand their interests and knowledge in many different learning areas.  4-Hers will have their livestock on display on the North end of the fairgrounds.  4-Hers have Beef, dairy, sheep, goat, rabbit, swine, poultry, horse, lama and dog project areas.

Heritage Barn

The Barn is home of the Agriculture Hall of Fame. Each year a committee chooses a person or industry to honor for the Hall of Fame and pictures of articles are then displayed. Tom and Karen Hovde are working with other industries that are part of our heritage. For 2016, the County Creameries will be featured.

Horse Arena

A host of several events with open class horses to 4-H horses. This a great place to sit and enjoy the beauty of the horses. Located in the Northeast corner of the fairgrounds.

Gary & Stephanie Richter



Do you have a “green thumb”? Do you like to dig in the soil and watch the plants grow? Or is it easier to come to the Freeborn County Fair and view the Floral Hall to see what other area gardeners can do? There in the Horticulture Department are the exhibits of fruits, vegetables, grains, potatoes; the finest, the most unusual, the largest, and the tallest! Yes, there are scarecrows too, and container-grown vegetable and herbs. Check out the Horticulture Department for new and tasty ways to prepare vegetables.

Kiddie Farm Yard

Host of a variety of animals, from hatching chicks to miniature cows, the kiddie farmyard is a great place to get up and close to live animals. Also, in the kiddie farm yard there is a child’s peddle combine to give the kids a taste of what it’s like to bring in the crops from the field. There is also a pedal tractor that is given away at the fair and this is the place to register to win it. Fun for all ages don’t miss it.

Jane Haukoos

Kid’s Zone

The Kid’s Zone is in the North Pavilion and features games, contests and programs for kids. Kendra Mathiason is working with programs for 2016. An agriculture program Barn Yard Review funded by Minnesota Department of Agriculture under the legacy act will be featured in 2016, A fun act of music and comedy for kids of all ages.

Machinery Hill

Come climb on the tractors and check out the new mowers. Machinery hill is located in the heart of all our buildings on the north end of the fairgrounds across from the beer garden. Open all day, every day, don’t be shy and get a closer look of the equipment that is mostly seen from the distance out in the fields.

Open-Class Sheep Show

Exhibitors from Freeborn and surrounding counties put on a relaxed, but professional showing of their finest breeding sheep. Competition is open to 8 breeds competing in 14 different classes.

The Market Lamb Show held Wednesday afternoon brings in some of the best market lambs around. So come and see us in the Sheeps Barns and enjoy the show!

Robin Schmidt – Superintendent

Pedal Pull

Sunday, 1:00p.m. in the Swine Barn is the kids pedal pull. The pedal pull is a great chance for the little tykes to show off their skills in a pulling contest. Fun for all to view. Participants on the pull all get a free pop, and winners receive a trophy.

Small & Baby Animal Show

This is a show for those who are too young to show off their talents in the show ring. All ages are welcome, and all kids there is no need to be a farm kid. Pets of all size and shape are showed, from cats, dogs, to horses and calves. Showing animals is not just for the big kids anymore. That’s why we have the small, baby animal show. Freeborn County 4-H Extension Service.

Sunday Church Service

Freeborn county fair is offering a community church service on Sunday morning in the grandstand. This is a great opportunity for people of all faiths and religion to come and worship together and why not do it at the fair. Who said that you can’t have fair food in church, you can at our service. 10:00a.m. in the grandstand come and enjoy the fair and church.

Matt Hundley


Kid’s Day at the Fair

Saturday is Kid’s Day at the Fair. Prizes will be given at  drawings throughout the day and a grand prize at about 5:00 p.m.

The Carnival wrist band is good from 12:00 – 5:00 P.M.