The Sandwich 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. Large crowds stroll throughout the beautiful tree lined grounds, all five days of the fair, which has something of interest for everyone.
HOURS OF THE FAIR
8 a.m.–11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 8 a.m.–12 a.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday.
*2022 Sandwich Fair Event Schedule page is under construction. 2022 Sandwich Fair Dates are September 7-11. Page will be updated by early summer. Use the 2021 information for reference. All dates for 2022 have moved forward one day compared to 2021.
*Promotion Schedule Updates
Main Stage and Track Daily Schedule
Wednesday- Harness Racing and Equipment Vendor Showcase
Thursday- Truck Pulls
Friday- Concert in infield
Saturday- Tractor Pulls
Sunday- Antique Car Show and Demolition Derby
*Please refer to the below information regarding ride wristbands.
Children Free Admission Day- Wednesday, September 7 Children 12 and under are free all day.
Senior Day-Thursday, September 8- Fair goers 65 and over get in for $7 before 5pm. 12 and under are free until 5pm.
Bargain Day- Friday, September 9- Everyone older than 12 admitted for $7 before 5pm. 12 and under are free until 5pm.
Sunday- September 11- After 3pm everyone admitted for $7
*RIDE WRISTBANDs | WED-Thur- FRi and SUN
Wed, Sept 7: 3pm – Close -$25 per person on site purchase
Thurs, Sept 8: 1pm – Close-$30 per person on site purchase
Fri, Sept 9: Noon – 5pm-$25 per person on site purchase
No wristband rides on Sat, Sept 10
Sun, Sept 11: 10am – 6pm-$25 per person on site purchase
*The time ranges for wristbands are when a wristband is accepted for admission to a ride. Outside the time ranges, tickets must be used.
On-line pre-sold ride wristbands are valid any ONE day and will be sold online prior to the fair until midnight of September 7th for $20 per wristband and one service fee per order. (order multiple wristbands at at time for one service fee) (Not Valid on Saturday)
Purchase your wristbands at the ride ticket booths on the Midway during the Fair.
Individual Ride Ticket Prices (3 to 6 tickets per ride)
Single Ticket: $1.50
Sheet of 20 Tickets: $25
Sheet of 50 Tickets: $60
CULINARY COMPETITION SCHEDULE held at Home Arts Stage
*Rules for entering the Culinary Competition are found
in the Culinary Competition section of the Exhibitor Guide.
The Exhibitor Guide is found on the website on the Exhibitor Page
or in the printed version that is distributed through the mail
or picked up at local locations.
Questions regarding the competition should be directed to
the Culinary Department Superintendent who is listed in the Culinary
Competition section of the Exhibitor Guide.
Wednesday: 1:00 pm – Yeast Baked Goodies
Wednesday 2:00 pm- Decorated Anniversary Cake
Wednesday 3:15 pm- Chile
Thursday: 11:00 am – Apples Galore
Thursday: 1:00 pm – Beef Roundup
Thursday: 3:00 pm – Passion for Poultry
Friday: 11:00 am – Calling Chocolate Lovers
Friday: 1:00 pm – Celebrate Pork
Friday: 3:00 pm – Gramma’s Cookies
Hammered Dulcimer Music By Sherri Farley
1-3pm during the culinary competition on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Wednesday 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Kids camp 1:30 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Kids camp 1:30 pm
Friday 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Kids camp 1:30 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm,3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Kids camp 1:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Kids camp 11:30 am
ag Land Stage Music
Wednesday, September 7th 7-10pm
Thursday, September 8th 7-10pm
Brian, Mary & Friends
Friday, September 9th 7-11pm
Saturday, September 10th (two shows)
Drift Away 1-4pm
The Party Doctors 7-11pm
Sunday September 11th 1-4pm
Home Arts Stage Music
Wednesday, September 7th 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, September 8th 5:30-7:30pm
Friday, September 9th, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, September 10th, 11:00-2:00pm
Saturday, September 10th, 4:30-7:30pm
Sunday, September 11th, 2:00-4:00pm
Sandwich Fair Entertainment Acts (included with general admission) Performed at various times locations throughout the fair.
Balster Magic Productions, Banjo Buddies Dixie Land Trio, Dan Barth Medicine Show Exhibit and Performances, Buttons the Clown, Mariachi America, Carrie McQueen: Stilt Walking and Juggling, Rob Ot the Robot, The Moo-Mania Comedy Show, The Spoon Man, Rob Thompson’s Pure Magic, and Chris Vallillo Original and Traditional Acoustic Roots Music.
SANDWICH FAIR AUTO SHOW
The show is held on the race track infield from 10:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. on Sunday of Fair Week.
Registration begins at 8:00 am. and ends at 12:00 Noon.
Complimentary rolls and coffee for early arrivals will be available.
All cars are eligible through 1990.
This is a SHOW ONLY, there will be no judging.
A $15.00 registration fee is due the day of the show.
(Cash Only) There is no pre-registration!
All car show entries are eligible for the RAFFLE.
Winners must pick up their prize by 4:00 p.m.
Any Questions or other information please contact:
Tracy and Dawn Rogers
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