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.

2020 Sandwich Fair Pin will be available for purchase at the 2021 fair.

*Promotion Schedule Updates

Update: As of July 2020 Fair Details Page Under Construction.

2021 Fair Information Coming Spring of 2021.


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

Click here to buy tickets online.

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

Demo Derby Superintendent: Chad Frieders 708-702-8102 cell


*Please refer to the below information regarding ride wristbands.

promotional days

Children Free Day- Wednesday, September 9-  Children 12 and under are free

Senior Day-Thursday, September 10-  Fair goers 55 and over get in for $6 before 5pm

Bargain Day- Friday, September 11-  Everyone admitted for $6 before 5pm

Sunday- September 13- After 3pm everyone admitted for $6


Wed, Sept 9: 3pm – Close -$25 per person on site purchase

Thurs, Sept 10: 1pm – Close-$30 per person on site purchase

Fri, Sept 11: Noon – 5pm-$25 per person on site purchase

No wristband rides on Sat, Sept 12

Sun, Sept 13: 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 8th 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 2020 (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 9th


Thursday, September 10th


Friday, September 11th 


Saturday, September 12th 


Sunday September 13th


Home Arts Stage Music

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

Thursday, September 10th 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, September 11th, 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, September 12th, 11:00-2:00pm

Saturday, September 12th, 4:30-7:30pm

Sunday, September 13th, 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.

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

2019 Promotional Schedule Click Here

132nd Sandwich Fair Vendor List

Craft Demonstration Building Vendor List

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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