County fairs ready to welcome visitors back for 2022

The events listed here are only a partial listing, and events are subject to change. Check the fair websites, or their social media pages, for additional information and updates.

Seven-year-old Nyla DeJong and her brother, 11-year-old Marcus DeJong, pet the baby goats Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Kandiyohi County Fair's FFA barn on the Willmar fairgrounds.
Tim Speier / West Central Tribune file photo
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The 2022 area county fairs are still in the process of securing contracts for carnivals and entertainment.

The events listed here are only a partial listing, and events are subject to change. Check the fair websites, or their social media pages, for additional information and updates.

Yellow Medicine County Fair

July 21-23

Fairgrounds in Canby

Free admission and free parking.


Grandstand shows include Demo Derby on Friday and Baja races on Saturday.

Music acts schedule polka music on Thursday, “Street Talk” with Canby native Marcus Padilla performing hits from the eighties, nineties and 2000’s on Friday and “Red Letter Band” with classic country music on Saturday.


Chippewa County Fair

July 27-31

Fairgrounds in Montevideo

Gate admission is $10, ages 6 and younger are free. Excluding food, carnival rides and drinks, everything inside the gates, including grandstand events, are free.


Pope County Fair

Aug. 3-6


Fairgrounds in Glenwood

There is no gate admission and parking is free.

The grandstand shows include a skid loader rodeo at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, ranch rodeo at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, family fun night on Friday and tractor pull at 3 p.m. on Saturday. A demolition derby will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, along with food vendors, even though the fair activities will be over.


Meeker County Fair

August 3-7

Fairgrounds in Litchfield

Admission is $5, ages 4 and under and over 70 will be admitted free. Entry is free on Sunday.



The Kandiyohi County Fair will take place Aug. 10-13 at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar.
Tim Speier / West Central Tribune file photo

Kandiyohi County Fair

Aug. 10-13

Fairgrounds in Willmar

Gates open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and at 8 a.m. daily thereafter.Gate admission is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors on Thursday only, $2 for students 6-12; children 5 and under will be admitted free. Daily parking is $5 per car/truck. Season passes are $20 gate pass, $15 parking pass. A season ticket allows you to come and go as many times as you want during the 4-day fair. Grandstand three-day wrist bands are available for $20 per adult, $7 ages 6-12, for bull riding on Wednesday, semi, tractor and truck pull on Friday and the demolition derby on Saturday.

Free entertainment includes hypnotist Freddie Justice and the Music in Motion horse show. Free music will be presented every day on the fairgrounds. Exhibit buildings open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday is Veterans Day, Thursday is Senior Day and Saturday is Kids’ Day.


Renville County Fair

Aug. 10-12

Fairgrounds in Bird Island

The Fair will be Wednesday through Friday this year. Check the website for more information.


Swift County Fair

Aug. 17-21

Fairgrounds in Appleton

Grandstand events include a ranch rodeo on Thursday, Demo Derby on Saturday, antique tractor pull and kids pedal pull on Sunday.

There will be free, live music every evening at the Chuck Brown building. On Friday and Saturday there will be three daytime performances by comedian DonB! Saturday and Sunday will see The Oz Brothers strolling the grounds.

Carnival, food vendors and 4-H exhibits are all scheduled for the event.


The Heritage Square Stage was a popular spot Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Kandiyohi County Fair with the beer garden, sweet corn feed and food stands all close by.
Tim Speier / West Central Tribune file photo

Lac qui Parle County Fair

Sept. 8-11

Fairgrounds Madison

Gates open at 9 a.m. daily, admission is $5 for ages 12 and over and includes parking; admission is free for ages 11 and under and for active military personnel with a military ID and law enforcement.

On Thursday a performance by the White Sidewalls will be the featured entertainment.

Friday through Sunday magician Dr. Street and Caricatures by Jennifer will be at the fair along with a band each evening.

Other events Friday include The Beatles Review and The Blues Brothers Band.

Saturday there will be a pedal pull, veggies races, diaper derby, demo derby and the Minnesota High School Rodeo.

Sunday’s events include a Minnesota High School Rodeo and Wissota Car Races.


Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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