Fair Details/Schedule


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.


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

2019 Promotional Schedule Click Here

*Promotion Schedule Updates

Wednesday’s Western Horse Show has been canceled due to wet conditions.

10 am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the New Petting Zoo Building.


132nd Sandwich Fair Vendor List

Craft Demonstration Building Vendor List

Main Stage and Track Daily Schedule

Wednesday- Harness Racing and Equipment Vendor Showcase

Thursday- Truck Pulls

Friday- Concert in infield- Scotty McCreery with special guest Jimmie Allen

Saturday- Tractor Pulls

Sunday- Antique Car Show and Demolition Derby

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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
Sandwich, Illinois

Superintendent: Chad Frieders 708-702-8102 cell


*Please refer to the below information regarding ride wristbands.

promotional days

Children Free Day- Wednesday, September 4-  Children 12 and under are free

Senior Day-Thursday, September 5-  Fair goers 55 and over get in for $6 before 5pm

Bargain Day- Friday, September 6-  Everyone admitted for $6 before 5pm

Sunday- September 8- After 3pm everyone admitted for $6


**New expanded times for 2019**

Wed, Sept 4: 3pm – Close -$25 per person on site purchase

Thurs, Sept 5: 1pm – Close-$30 per person on site purchase

Fri, Sept 6: Noon – 5pm-$25 per person on site purchase

No wristband rides on Sat, Sept 7

Sun, Sept 8: 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 3rd 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 for 2019 (3 to 6 tickets per ride)

Single Ticket: $1.50

Sheet of 20 Tickets: $25

Sheet of 50 Tickets: $60


*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 Dinner Rolls

Wednesday 3:00 pm-  Boxed Mix Yellow Cake

Thursday: 11:00 am –  Pumpkins & More Pumpkins

Thursday: 1:00 pm –   Beef Bonanza

Thursday: 3:00 pm –  Poultry Burgers

Friday: 11:00 am –  Calling Chocolate Lovers

Friday: 1:00 pm –  Pork Extravaganza

Friday: 3:00 pm –  Gramma’s Cookie Jar

Hammered Dulcimer Music By Sherri Farley

1-3pm during the culinary competition on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

LumberJack Shows

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 4th

Back Country Roads-Unplugged 7-10pm


Thursday, September 5th

Back Paiges 7-10pm


Friday, September 6th 

Talk of the Town Band 3-5pm


The Steve Sharp Band 7-11pm


Saturday, September 7th 

Drift Away 1-4pm


Whiskey Romance 7-11pm


Sunday September 8th

Patchouli 1-4pm


Home Arts Stage Music

Wednesday, September 4th 5:30-7:30pm

“The Aviators”  www.facebook.com/aviatorsoswego

Thursday, September 5th 5:30-7:30pm

“Honey & the 45’s”  www.honeyandthe45s.com

Friday, September 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

“Outpatience”   www.outpatience.net

Saturday, September 7th, 11:00-2:00pm

“Redhorse”  www.redhorseband.com

Saturday, September 7th, 4:30-7:30pm

“Zydeco Voodoo”  www.zydecovoodooband.com

Sunday, September 8th, 2:00-4:00pm

“Barrelhouse Blend” www.barrelhouseblend.com

2019 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.

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past sandwich fair Promotional and vendor information for reference (below)

2018 Information

131st Sandwich Fair Vendor List

2018 Daily Schedule List

2018 Entertainment and Daily Promotional Schedule

131st Sandwich Fair Map

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