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Carver County Fair Exhibitor Handbook

Exhibitor Handbook

Download / View the 2017 Handbook (.pdf)

(Individual Exhibitor Department PDFs available below)

View the 2017 winners!

Exhibiting at the Fair is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Decide what you want to exhibit

2. Register

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. If you pre-register, your entry tags will be ready when you bring in your exhibits and you will avoid long lines.

To pre-register, please do one of the following:

  • Download a PDF form. Print, fill out and mail the form to:
    501 West 3rd Street, Waconia, MN 55387.
    Please include entry fee, if applicable.
  • (Online registration is closed for this year.)

Pre-registration Deadlines:

Thursday, August 3: Departments 9–16
Saturday, August 5: Departments 17–27, 28–30
Sunday, August 6: Departments 3, 5, 7, 8, 105, 107, 108
Tuesday, August 8: Departments 4, 6, 104, 106

If you do not pre-register, you may register on-site during the drop-off times below, but be prepared to wait in line.

3. Bring exhibits to the fair

AGRICULTURE BUILDING EXHIBITS (Departments 17–27 & 117):
Entry Days:
Monday, August 7, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you haven't registered yet, you'll be able to do so during these times, but be prepared to wait in line.
All Agriculture Building entries must be in place by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. No late entries will be accepted.
Exhibits will be judged by noon Wednesday, August 9.

Entry Days:
Monday, August 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8, 8 a.m. to noon.
If you haven't registered yet, you'll be able to do so during these times, but be prepared to wait in line.
All Education Building entries must be in place by noon on Tuesday. No late entries will be accepted.
Exhibits will be judged on Tuesday, August 8. The Education Building will be open for guests by noon Wednesday, August 9.

Livestock entries must be entered by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
If your exhibit requires an entry fee, you can pay it by using the online registration form or enclose the fee with your (printed) entry form. All small animals must be pre-registered, with entry fees, 1 week prior to the start of the fair.
Please read: Minnesota Board of Animal Health – Exhibitions
Minnesota Board of Animal Health – Livestock Exhibitor Handbook
Carver County Fair – Livestock Rules and Regulations

Livestock Exhibitor Gate Pass Policy:
If entries and required registration are in the fair office by the deadline date, one fair week pass will be issued to each livestock exhibitor but only one car pass will be issued per residence/family exhibiting livestock. The Carver County Fair Board already issues each 4-H livestock exhibitor a pass via the Carver County Extension Office; no second pass will knowingly be issued to anyone.

Animal Health:
All animals will be inspected by the official veterinarian the opening day of the Fair and throughout fair week. The official veterinarian will order the immediate removal to a quarantine facility or removal from the exhibition premises of any animal showing clinical signs of any infectious, contagious or communicable disease, including ringworm and warts. Any animal showing evidence of any disease, abscesses, or any open contagious lesions will not be allowed to exhibit or show and will be subject to isolation or expulsion depending on the nature and seriousness of the disease, abscess or lesion in question. If illness of any nature is suspected in any animal, said animal is subject to examination by the Official Veterinarian and Fair Superintendent and owner or exhibitor of said animal must abide by the decision of this Veterinarian and the designated Fair Superintendent. Animals with warts or ringworm may not be shown. A statement from a veterinarian that an animal is being treated for these diseases is not acceptable. Animals known by the exhibitor to have an infectious, communicable disease or to have been exposed to an infectious, communicable disease, or to be from a quarantined flock may not be entered in an exhibition.

The Carver County Fair is using the ShoWorks Fair Management System again this year. ShoWorks is the most popular exhibitor and entries management software, used by almost all state and county fairs in North America.

Please note: Since 2016, Carver County Fair uses new names for exhibit categories in order to integrate with the ShoWorks System. These new names are reflected throughout this year's handbook.

Department Department
Class Division
Lot Class

Exhibitor Departments


Special Ribbon Recognition

Bring more exhibits and receive a special ribbon recognition.
Each year the challenge of the competitive exhibits departments is to:
  1. Include new people to exhibit
  2. Increase or maintain the number of exhibits
  3. Value exhibitors who bring a large number of exhibits
A large colorful Special Ribbon will be awarded in different departments and classes to individuals who bring the most exhibits in the given department. For example the most poultry entries, the most canning entries, the most flower entries, etc.

How do I know if I've won?

Find out how your entires did by visiting your exhibit at the fair. We also post the winner's list on the website the week after the fair.

How do I claim my ribbon or prize?

Ribbons can be picked up with exhibits on Sunday, August 13 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Premium checks will be mailed to exhibitors.

Exhibit Release/Pickup

Exhibitors must pick up their exhibits on Sunday, August 13 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Minnesota State Fair logo

If you're interested in exhibiting at the MN State Fair, visit
The site contains detailed info regarding each department, downloadables (including premium books) and links to online registration (where applicable).