The Sandwich Fair Event Info


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.

*Web Page under construction for the 2023 Fair.  Use last years information for reference.  All dates will be moved forward 1 day in 2023 compared to the 2022 fair schedule.  

2022 Sandwich Fair Daily Schedule of Events (Click Here)

The Sandwich Fair Visiting Guide FAQ 2022 Click Here

9/10….The Draft Horse Pulls Scheduled for Sunday 9/11 are Cancelled due to the predicted weather conditions.

2022 Vendor Map (Click Here to Enlarge)

2022 Vendor Booth Locations List (Click Here)

2022 Sandwich Fair Commercial Craft Building Vendor List (Click Here)

Contact sponsors[at] to learn more about becoming a building sponsor at the Sandwich Fair.

Link to the Souvenir Page.  (Click Here)

*Promotion Schedule Updates
Main Stage and Track Daily Schedule

Wednesday- Harness Racing and Illinois State RC Car and Truck Racing Championships

Thursday- Truck Pulls

Friday- Concert in infield

Saturday- Tractor Pulls

Sunday- Antique Car Show and Demolition Derby

Click here to buy tickets online.

*Please refer to the below information regarding ride wristbands.

promotional days

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


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-$30 per person on site purchase

No wristband rides on Sat, Sept 10

Sun, Sept 11: 10am – 6pm-$30 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 6th for $25 per wristband and one service fee per order. (order multiple wristbands at at time for one service fee)  (Not Valid on Saturday)

Click Here to Buy Carnival Wristbands

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


*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 Cinnamon Bread

Wednesday 2:00 pm-  Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday 3:15 pm- Chile

Thursday: 11:00 am –  Apple Cider Donuts

Thursday: 1:00 pm –   Beef Roundup!

Thursday: 3:00 pm –  Ole! Salsa

Friday: 11:00 am –  Gotta Love Chocolate

Friday: 1:00 pm –  Celebrate Pork

Hammered Dulcimer Music By Sherri Farley

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

LumberJack Shows
Located East of the horse track and North of the Carnival.

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

Ray’s Rockets

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

The Roadkill Rangers

Friday, September 9th, 5:30-7:30pm

The Freddie Dixon Blues Band

Saturday, September 10th, 11:00-2:00pm

Evil John and the Dust Devils

Saturday, September 10th, 4:30-7:30pm

The Col. Boyd Band

Sunday, September 11th, 2:00-4:00pm

The Oh Yeah’s

Sandwich Fair Entertainment Acts (included with general admission) Performed at various times locations throughout the fair.

Ace Justice the Robot, Alfy’s Puppets, Balster Magic Productions, Banjo Buddies Dixie Land Trio, Dan Barth Entertainment, Buttons the Clown, Mariachi America, Carrie McQueen: Stilt Walking and Juggling, Moo-Mania, The Spoon Man, Rob Thompson’s Pure Magic, and Chris Vallillo Musical Performance

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

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