Kenosha County Fair prizesThe Kenosha County Fair is BACK!!!! It takes place August 18-22, 2021 in Wilmot, Wisconsin. The 2021 Centennial Celebration of the Kenosha County Fair will include new contests, fireworks, special exhibits, and the return of the Fair Parade on Sunday. Postponed from 2020, the Centennial Celebration commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first fair, which was held in 1920.

I’ve been attending this fair with family members and/or friends since I was a kid. I have so many fun memories of the Kenosha County Fair! We’ve seen country stars such as Sawyer Brown, Joe Diffie, and Mark Chesnutt on stage. I’ve eaten lots of cotton candy and lots of corn-on-the-cob. We’ve strolled through the animal barns – saying Hello to the cows we know from the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast that rotates among local dairy farms each year. We’ve reminisced while looking at the chickens and rabbits that are similar to the ones we used to raise. At the last fair, I challenged my friend to play a carnival game and win me that Oscar the Grouch stuffed toy I wanted! One year, we even rode on the Ferris Wheel from the Never Been Kissed rom-com movie that was making a special appearance at the fair. Yes, I was starstruck by a Ferris Wheel!

Kenosha County Fair ferris wheelI’ve done my research on what can be expected at this year’s Kenosha County Fair.

Here are 100 ways for you to enjoy the fair:

  1. Be amazed by the Fireworks at 9 p.m. on Friday.
  2. Enjoy all the rides in the Carnival Midway. You may want to purchase the Wristband Special if you plan to go on many!
  3. Moo!!! Visit the Dairy Cattle and Beef Cattle.
  4. Check out the Barrel Room - the place for craft beer and wine.
  5. Enjoy a variety of food vendors. Cotton candy, anyone?
  6. Many local service organizations also have food booths. Support a good cause while you dine!
  7. Don’t miss the corn-on-the-cob at the Knights of Columbus booth!
  8. Enjoy the Antique Farm Machinery Exhibit.
  9. Pigs, goats, and rabbits. Oh my!
  10. NEW! Enjoy the Milwaukee Flyers: an acrobatic, tumbling group made up of inner-city kids.
  11. See the Horses and Ponies that local 4-H kids are raising.
  12. Enjoy bobbing for apples, competing in wheelbarrow races, and more fun activities during the Ag Olympics on Wednesday.
  13. Wednesday morning, Open Class judging happens for Clothing, Knitting, and Crocheting.
  14. Wednesday is the Open Class judging for Home Furnishings, Photography, and Arts and Crafts.
  15. See Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department vehicles, equipment, and demonstrations during select hours of the fair.
  16. Flowers, Vegetables, and Plants are also judged on Wednesday in the Open Class Building.
  17. Kids can touch the farm animals in the Petting Zoo at the Discovery Barnyard.
  18. See the Open Class Swine Show and the Junior Fair Swine Show on Wednesday.
  19. Wednesday features the Open Class Sheep Show and the Junior Sheep Show.
  20. Witness the Centennial Plaza Dedication on Wednesday.
  21. Enjoy the Truck & Tractor Pull on Wednesday and Thursday.
  22. The Combine Demolition Derby happens on Wednesday and Thursday.
  23. On opening night (Wednesday), the Creekside Stage features Saving Abel, Royal Bliss, Plush, The Almas, and Day Rollers.
  24. Enjoy all the flower and plant exhibits; be inspired for your own garden.
  25. A Pedal Tractor Pull happens on Thursday for ages 5 through 12 years old.
  26. Thursday is the Centennial Scavenger Hunt.
  27. Visit the Kenosha County Dairy Promotion Building: learn about local dairy farms and purchase ice cream at a great price to support local farming.
  28. The Antique Tractor Parade is on Thursday.
  29. While looking at the animals, talk to the 4-H youths about how they care of them.
  30. Calling all bluegrass fans! The KR Bluegrass Band plays on Thursday afternoon at the fair.
  31. Cherry Pie – a band that covers the biggest “Hair Band” hits of the 1980s – performs Thursday evening.Antique Farm Machinery Exhibit at Kenosha County Fair
  32. Enjoy the Pleasure Valley Pig Races: cheer your pig on to victory!
  33. Results of the best wine entered in the Amateur Home Brew Competition will be announced on Thursday with a tasting of the top five wines.
  34. Thursday is the Junior Fair Poultry Show.
  35. See the Junior Fair Beef Show on Thursday, as well as the Open Class Beef Show.
  36. Participate in the Centennial Scavenger Hunt on Thursday.
  37. On Thursday, the Junior Fair Poultry Showmanship and Open Class Poultry Show happen.
  38. Enjoy the Junior & Open Class Goat Show on Thursday.
  39. NEW! Watch for the strolling entertainment act The Real Beal’s One Man Band.
  40. Don’t be a chicken; visit the poultry exhibit.
  41. Ages 5 through 16 can participate in Friday’s Pedal Tractor Pull.
  42. Enjoy the Junior Fair Rabbit Show and the Open Class Rabbit Show on Friday.
  43. Bring the kids to participate in the Children’s Parade on Friday.
  44. In the Open Class Photography area, look for the photos taken of something or someone approximately 100 years old.
  45. Participate in the Hay Bale Throwing Contest on Friday.
  46. Going to the fair on Friday? State Line Drive performs country, 80's, and pop music in the evening.
  47. You’ll be laughing hard during the Pleasure Valley Duck Races.
  48. Watch for the Robocars strolling around the fair: robots that turn into cars, trucks, and tractors.
  49. Be a farmer for a day at the Barnyard Adventure Show.
  50. Say Hello to Claire Fox, the reigning Kenosha County Fairest of the Fair, when you see her.
  51. Who will be the blue-ribbon winner of the Open Class Chocolate Chip Cookies category? Come see the display.
  52. Friday is the 4-H Fish Casting Contest.
  53. Watch Chainsaw Carver Demonstrations. Dave Watson combines the modern technology of the chainsaw with the ancient art of woodcarving.
  54. See projects relating to Woodworking, Electricity, Mechanics, and much more by 4-H kids.
  55. Friday’s car races feature Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bandits – plus a special Monster truck demonstration.
  56. Friday is the Junior Fair Horse & Pony Show.
  57. Look for vegetables, fruit, and/or herbs grown by the exhibitor, displayed in a vintage kitchen container no larger than 18″ x 18″, in the Open Class Plants & Soil Science area.
  58. The Junior Fair Dairy Show and Open Class Dairy Show happen on Friday.
  59. NEW! Circus Shane is a variety show that includes juggling, a trampoline, magic, audience participation, comedy, and more.
  60. The Open Class Flower Arrangements and Cheese Judging take place on Friday.
  61. Impress your date by winning the prize they want at one of the games in the Carnival Midway.
  62. Enjoy a pony ride.
  63. animals at Kenosha County FairBaa! You have to see the sheep!
  64. Check out the knitted or crocheted 1920’s style hats in the Open Class Knitting & Crocheting area.
  65. What does a blue-ribbon winning oil or acrylic painting look like? See for yourself!
  66. The Large Animal Livestock Auction is Saturday.
  67. Saturday is the Kenosha County First Responder Safety Day.
  68. The whole family will enjoy Nick’s Kid Show, which is very interactive.
  69. Enjoy educational exhibits about farming at the Discovery Barnyard.
  70. Bid on a pie at the Pie Auction on Saturday.
  71. Enjoy the Mackenzie O’Brien Band (country, indie, original music) on Saturday afternoon.
  72. Saturday, enjoy car races with the Roger Iles Tribute featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series plus WingLESS Sprints and Lightning Sprints.
  73. Visit the Open Class Flowers & Plants area. There is a category called the “The Great Gatsby” – where arrangements of fresh plant material representing the 1920’s era are on display.
  74. Results of the best beer entered in the Amateur Home Brew Competition will be announced on Saturday with a tasting of the top five beers.
  75. The country band Bella Cain performs Saturday night.
  76. A special exhibit in Open Class Home Furnishings - Quilting category are doll quilts not larger than 18” depicting one of the decades of the Kenosha County Fair.
  77. You’ll wish you were a judge in the Cake categories; it is fun to look at the different creative designs.
  78. Sunday morning, the Centennial Parade through the Fairgrounds takes place.
  79. Go to the Small Animal Livestock Auction on Sunday.
  80. See the beautiful quilts on display; get motivated to enter your own next year.
  81. There are always beautiful flower gardens to enjoy throughout the fairgrounds.
  82. Enjoy a performance by the Doo Wop Daddies on Sunday afternoon.
  83. In the Open Class Arts & Crafts, take time to enjoy the wreaths that depict the Fair theme “Sewn in Tradition”.
  84. On Sunday, the crowning of The Fairest of the Fair will take place. The winner will represent the Fair in 2022.
  85. Watch the Class of ’62, a classic rock n roll band, perform on Sunday.
  86. Enjoy the International Demolition Derby – featuring anything from garden tractors to full size trucks – on Sunday.
  87. Watch for the vintage 1920’s style aprons that people have sewn for the Open Class Home Furnishings area.
  88. Check out an assortment of indoor (at the Marketplace) and outdoor vendors.
  89. Remember art class in school? See what local students have been busy creating in the School Exhibits building.
  90. Cow at Kenosha County FairSee what else local children have created! There are photography, baking, cultural arts, clothing, knitting/crocheting and home furnishings displays.
  91. See the Salem Lakes Fire Department Safety Exhibit.
  92. Peruse all the fruits and vegetables on display. Do your pumpkins grow that big?
  93. If you are proud of your Tomatoes, check out the ones on display and consider entering yours next year!
  94. There’s a category this year for items celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Raggedy Andy’s debut. He’s the brother of Raggedy Ann!
  95. There’s also a category in honor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 100th Anniversary!
  96. Take time to learn about the sponsors when you see their booths; they make the fair possible.
  97. You never know what you’ll experience each year – like making your own piece of rope the old-fashioned way in the Antique Farm Machinery Exhibit.
  98. Show your fair pride by purchasing Kenosha County Fair apparel.
  99. Watch for fun photo opportunities! Take lots of photos and submit your favorites to our Picture Your Kenosha Photo Contest.
  100. Simply enjoy being out in the great outdoors!

 

Please note: Fair offerings can vary from year to year. All information is subject to change.

 

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