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Gate Admission

Children Age 6 and Under – Free

Ages 7–Adult 
Wednesday Gates open at 8 a.m.$8.00 
Thursday Gates open at 8 a.m.$8.00 
Friday Gates open at 8 a.m.$8.00 
Saturday Gates open at 8 a.m.$8.00 
Sunday Gates open at 8 a.m.
Get in FREE beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday evening!

Special Days

Senior Citizen Day
Seniors 60 & over, 1/2 price from 8 a.m.—6 p.m.
Military Appreciation Day
Free Admission for Veterans & Current Military
SundayThe gates will be FREE to the public beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening. Come on up for Sunday dinner at the fair and pay no admission!

Building Hours

Exhibit Buildings and Barns

Each day8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Commercial Buildings

Wednesday12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thurs. – Sat.10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Advanced Sale Items

Save money when you buy advanced sale items in our Online Store!
Advance sale items will not be available after 8:00 AM Wednesday August 11, 2021.

Carver County Agricultural Society Membership & Gate Tickets

Save $5 on admission! A Carver County Agricultural Society Membership costs $35 and includes 5 gate tickets.

Midway Ride Tickets

10 rides for $20! Advanced ride tickets are available via 4-H club members or online.

Fair bucks were discontinued in 2018.

Location Map

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Please visit the Exhibiting at the Fair page for information on exhibit categories, pre-registration, drop-off, premiums, and more.


Public parking for the Carver County Fair is available on the city streets in Waconia. Parking is also available for a fee in the Good Samaritan and Ridgeview Hospital parking lots. Public parking is not available on the Fairgrounds.

Handicapped parking is located on Burandt Blvd. adjacent to the Main Gate.

NEW! Free shuttle buses will be available north and west of the fairgrounds on Friday & Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Commercial and Livestock exhibitors are allowed to buy parking passes as part of the lease agreement with the Fairgrounds. No parking passes sold to general public.

Gate Policies & Restrictions

Gate #1/Main Gate: Pedestrians only, vehicles not allowed during the fair
Gate #2/East Gate/4th St.: Pedestrians only, vehicles not allowed during the fair
Gate #3/South Gate/5th St.: Pedestrians only, vehicles not allowed during the fair
Gate #4/West Gate/Burandt Blvd.: Pedestrians, horse and livestock trailers/vehicles only
Gate #5/North Gate/Ag Gate: Pedestrians, commercial exhibitors and fair staff vehicles only

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 parking 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.

Rules, Policies, Pets

No pets allowed in fairgrounds.

Re-entry: Wristbands for re-entry will be given upon payment of admission.

A breastfeeding tent is available on the east side of the Education Building.

Only commercial and livestock exhibitors can purchase parking passes. Parking space for holders of parking passes is limited and no guarantee is given that parking will be available. No car passes sold to the general public.

No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in any other area of the fairgrounds except in the Entertainment Center and Grandstand.

While the greatest care will be executed by the Management to protect patrons of the Carver County Fair, each individual will be held personally responsible for his or her actions, and the Management will not be accountable or responsible for any injury. The Carver County Agricultural Society Management assumes no liability for loss or damage to any property to the concessionaire, exhibitor or patron, due to theft, fire, tornado, weather conditions or other causes. The Directors of the Carver County Fair Board reserve the right to refuse any offensive or obscene exhibits or fair event participation in which the judgment of the Fair Board would be offensive to the general public.

The Carver County Fairgrounds is private property. It is the expectation of the Carver County Fair Board that patrons will behave in an appropriate, lawful manner. No entrances or exits can be obstructed or limited in any way. The distribution of literature or other informational pieces must come from a commercial exhibitor space. If you would like to inquire about renting a space at the Fair, click here.