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Exhibitor Handbook

Exhibitor Handbook

The Carver County Fair Exhibitor Handbook will help you with your exhibit selection.

Download / View the 2018 Handbook (.pdf)

(Individual Exhibitor Department PDFs available below)

Save time! Pre-register

Pre-registration is required for livestock entries. Livestock paperwork and entry fees are now accepted via the online form.

Fill out and submit the online registration form.

If you need assistance with online registration, call the Fair Office at 952-442-2333 or email entries@carvercountyfair.com and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

All exhibits require an entry tag. Pre-registration allows your tags to be prepared in advance and available for you at your time of entry.

Pre-registration Deadlines:
Wednesday, August 1, midnight: Large Animals (Departments 3–4*,103–104)
Wednesday, August 1, midnight: Small Animals (Departments 5–8*, 106–108)
Wednesday, August 1, midnight: Poulty/Waterfowl/Gamebirds & Rabbits (Departments 9–16)
Friday, August 3, midnight: Agriculture Building (Departments 17-27, 117)
Saturday, August 4, midnight: Education Building (Departments 28–30)

On-site Registration & Exhibit Drop-off

Agriculture and Education Buildings only.

If you do not pre-register, you may register on-site during the drop-off times below. All exhibits require an entry tag. Please be prepared to wait while your entry is processed.

AGRICULTURE BUILDING EXHIBITS (Departments 17–27 & 117):
Entry Days:
Monday, August 6, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Building opens: Wednesday, noon

Entry Days:
Monday, August 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7, 8 a.m. to noon.
Building opens: Wednesday, noon


If your exhibit requires an entry fee, you can pay it by using the online registration form or by enclosing the fee with the printed entry form.


Open Class Beef is now DEPARTMENT 3 (previously 6).
FFA Beef is now DEPARTMENT 103 (previously 106).
Open Class Llamas is now DEPARTMENT 6 (previously 3).


Pre-registered entries meeting deadline requirements, including registration papers and required fees, will be issued the following:

  • Fair pass, one per exhibitor.
  • Car pass, one per residence/family.
Exceptions: 4-H livestock exhibitors will receive gate passes through the 4-H registration process and will not be issued an additional gate pass.

Animal Health:

All animals will be inspected by the official veterinarian Wednesday, opening day, 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. The owner/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.

Please read:
Minnesota Board of Animal Health – Exhibitions
Minnesota Board of Animal Health – Livestock Exhibitor Handbook
Carver County Fair – Livestock Rules and Regulations

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 the 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
Again this year, a large colorful Special Ribbon will be awarded in different departments and divisions to individuals exhibiting the most exhibits (6 or more in any one division) 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?

Prizes can be claimed on Monday, August 13. Feel free to contact the Superintendent for your department if you need more information.

Exhibit Release/Pickup

Exhibitors are encouraged to pick up their exhibits on Monday, August 14 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. This leads to shorter lines, reduces traffic and prevents safety issues during the evening on Sunday.

Minnesota State Fair logo

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