Beef Cattle Exhibit
Our cattle exhibit at the Freeborn County Fair features a modern, spacious barn providing a comfortable stay for the livestock as well as the exhibitors. It’s a great place for fair goers to view some of the best cattle in our area.
Our milking facility, located in the northeast corner of the barn, allows visitors a great view of cows being milked and a chance to interact with the milkers. These dairymen take pride in keeping a clean milking area to present to the public and are happy to field any questions. Check your fair book for judging schedules.
Enjoy horse shows of all kinds while you attend the Freeborn County Fair! You’ll get your horse fix at the outdoor area located on the northeast end of the fairgrounds, you can’t miss us! Bring your favorite chair to sit in the shade of the tents around the arena or grab a shady seat on the bleachers and sit back for a few minutes or hours of equine entertainment.
We start the week off on Tuesday by watching the 4-H’ers show their horses and earn trips to the state 4-H show. They always enjoy being cheered on to do their best.
Wednesday enjoy going back in time about 100 years or so, to watch local horse, donkey, mule and draft horse owners test their skills at the Farm Class show. They will pull logs through a pattern like when they cleared the land; they will show off their driving skills, like having to take your driver’s license test and then they’ll finish up the show with the Feed Race, just like hauling that feed out to the pastures to feed the animals. This race is real run to watch and you can cheer on your favorite teams!
Friday is the Light Horse show. You’ll see many breeds of horses showing in Halter, Pleasure and Game classes. The competition is some of the best in the area and riders have come from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin to compete for ribbons and paybacks. You’ll see some of the top pleasure horse riders and speed horses and their riders at this show. Don’t miss it!
On Saturday, the horse show that everyone waits to see! Feel the thunder of their hooves pounding the ground as the gentle giants and their mini versions, the ponies, come into the arena. In between the draft horse care and hitch classes enjoy the ponies from the Iowa Draft Pony Hitch Association performing the same classes. Families and their crews bring their animals, carts and wagons to put on a show for you that mirrors the big national shows. You won’t want to miss this show!!
Whether you’re young or young at heart, we have the horse shows for you to watch when you come to the Freeborn County Fair!
Exhibitors from Freeborn and surrounding counties put on a relaxed but professional showing of their finest breeding sheep. Competition is open to eight breeds competing in 14 different classes.
The Market Lamb Show held Wednesday afternoon brings in some of the best market lambs around. Come and see us in the Sheep Barns and enjoy the show!
Robin Schmidt – Superintendent
If bright colors and fresh scents are what you enjoy, then make a stop into our Floral Hall. This is not just a building full of cut flowers. There are potted and hanging plants, table artistry, displays from local flower shops and much more.
Entry day is Monday and judging takes place on Tuesday. Be sure to check out the big winners!
A place to come and enjoy arts, crafts and food from Freeborn County and surrounding counties exhibitors. The competition is tough and the exhibits are easy on the eyes. These open class exhibitors have been working long and hard on their projects so don’t be afraid to take a look and enjoy the local talents.
Reminder: entry day for Creative Arts and Foods is Sunday. Judging is on Monday.
Wine and Beer
Our expert local tasters judge a variety of homemade wine and beer.
Entry day is Saturday with judging on Sunday.
Freeborn County 4-H
4-H Club members will have their general projects on display in the 4-H building, located on the south end of the fairgrounds. These general projects help the 4-H members expand their interests and knowledge in many different learning areas.
The youth have the opportunity to have their projects evaluated by professionals and have conversations around active learning, goals, improvements, mastery and record keeping. A selected number of projects in each category will have the opportunity to represent Freeborn County 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair.
The 4-H livestock is displayed on the north end of the fairgrounds. 4-Hers will show their animals throughout the week during the 4-H livestock shows. Check out the 4-H animals in the barns; beef, dairy, sheep, goat, rabbit, swine, poultry, horse and llama. Dog projects can be viewed on the TV in the 4-H building. A selected number of projects in each species will have the opportunity to represent Freeborn County 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair.