General Information

About the Sandwich Fair

... the Sandwich Fair [AKA DeKalb County Fair], first started as an annual livestock show in DeKalb County. Held yearly, Wednesday–Sunday after Labor Day since 1888, it is one of the oldest continuing county fairs in the state of Illinois, drawing daily crowds of more than 100,000, with the top attendance days reaching more than 200,000 fair-goers1.

Learn more about the history of the Sandwich Fair and the surrounding area.

For emergency information, general services, and parking and equipment rental, visit Sandwich Fair Services

  • Sandwich Fair Program Guide (Premium Book). Has schedules, promos, fair map, general fair information, and premium categories for exhibitors. It also has entry forms and instructions and rules for exhibitors and vendors.
  • The 2017 Sandwich Fair Brochure. (Not available at this time.)This resource can be downloaded here or picked up at the fair. It has a colorful map with a legend, general information, and quick tips.
  • Fair Services – Emergency, lost and found, first aid, amenities, tours, equipment rental and more.
  • Rental and Camping – Rent building all year round. Camp with us during the fair.
  • Annual Fairgrounds Events – There's always something going on at our fairgrounds. See the annual calendar.
  • Souvenirs and Merchandise – Pick up some great souvenirs and wearable items with this year's artwork imprinted. Mugs, pottery, the annual fair pin, stuffed animals, shirts, hats, and more.
  • Tickets and Admission – Current prices for events,, admission, main stage acts, and infield/track competitions.
  • Event Schedules – Search for a particular event, search by date, or category. Event schedules are also available in the fair brochure and the Big Fair Book.
  • Directions, Map, and Parking – View the interactive map, get directions for parking, and contact information.

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Dogs are not allowed. Official service dogs are allowed.

My own food and drink YES but NO alcoholic beverages.
Backpacks, small coolers, diaper bags, and camera bags are allowed.

8 a.m.–11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 8 a.m.–12 a.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday.

55 and older. Be sure to visit on Seniors Day!

Under 1 year is admitted free; 1–11 is kids pricing; 12 and above is adult pricing.

Child (6–12) is $6; adult (12+) $9.

Timber Creek Inn and Suites, Drew Ave Sandwich IL 1-866-599-6674.

Scooters are available close to handicap parking (east side) near gate A. A parking attendant will direct you to the correct location.

Parking is free and there is an intermittent shuttle wagon. There is handicap parking.
Handicap parking is located on the east side of the fairgrounds north of the administrative office by ticket booth A (see the fair brochure or visit the contact page to see the fair map).
There are many picnic tables throughout the grounds. You should not need to walk far. Midway rides area has fewer.

The grounds are unusually beautiful with many old tress lining the walkways. It has a country/community feel with decorations, and the buildings are historic and attractive. It has the charm of a smaller fair, but also has much of what a large fair has to offer. The biggest difference is the focus on agriculture. For families and kids, the visit can be a great experience (up close and personal) to learn about and, most importantly, experience this important part of our culture. Visiting during the week is peaceful and great for strolling. You will notice how most everyone is grinning from ear to ear! Hope to see you there.

1Sandwich Fair (100th Anniversary)". American Folklife Center. Retrieved 8 July 2012

Services – There are many services and accommodations for our fairgoers' comfort and safety. Details»

Photo Gallery – The photo gallery is in progres, but check back to see recent and past fun times at the Sandwich Fair. Details»

History of Sandwich Fair – We've been around for a long time (but we're so young at heart).  We have a building dedicated to the history of the Sandwich Fair to prove it. Stop by! Details»

Board Members and Superintendents See the people who run the Sandwich Fair. Details»