Enter and Display


Just to name a few… Your personal collections, foods, pumpkins, flower, ceramics, amateur photography, culinary, clothing, art, just about ANYTHING from your garden, livestock (rabbits, sheep, goats, dairy, etc.), and on to the Demo Derbies and pulling contests!

You can watch many exhibits being judged and see them on display throughout the fair week.

The 2024 Exhibitor Guide has all the information you need to know about what categories are available and how much the premium awards (the dollar amount) are paid for the categories when you place (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).

Some of our favorites:

  • Old license plates
  • Old family photos
  • Wasp nests (no live wasps allowed)
  • Star Wars Pez dispensers.
  • There’s so many categories it might be easier to say what can’t be entered at the fair!
  • Please download the Exhibitors Guide (PDF) for complete instructions.
  • After you decide what you want to enter, complete your entry form/s online, or download and mail them with payment.
  • Entry tag packets will be available for pickup at the fair office starting on August 28, 2024. Office Hours for tag pickup are Wednesday, August 28th-FridayAugust 30 9am-5pm. Saturday August 31 9am-2pm. Closed Sunday September 1st.  Monday (Labor Day) September 4th and Tuesday September 3rd 9am-6pm. Check your exhibitor guide for exhibit drop off days, times, and locations, in the category you are exhibiting in.  
  • Tagged items must be brought to the fair Monday or Tuesday before the fair.
  • Premium Check Pickup Time during the fair: Sunday 12-8pm at the back door of fair office.
  • Exhibitors may also pick up their Premium Checks utilizing the hours listed below after the Sandwich Fair, in the Fair
    Office building using the front door at 1401 Suydam Rd.
  • A. The week following the Fair, Monday 9am-2pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10-2pm.
  • B. All premium checks must be picked up by Saturday September 14th at 2pm.

1. No prizes are given for exhibits not listed in this premium
2. Premiums will be paid by going to the Fair Office building,
next to the Ticket Office. Provide a Photo ID and signature in the Premium Check State of Illinois Book.
3. Premium checks will be ready for pickup during the fair at
the Fair Office building:
(See Above Hours)
No checks will be issued without Photo ID and your
signature on the proper paperwork.

  • Exhibiting Items are strongly encouraged to be picked up on the last day of the fair in the exhibit building it was showed from 7pm-8pm on Sunday of the fair or the next day, Monday 9am-12pm. (All vehicles prohibited before 8pm) 
  • Post Fair Information
    1.The Sandwich Fair Association will not be responsible for exhibits left after 8:30 p.m. Sunday of the Fair.
    2. After Monday, September 9, pick up exhibits at the Fair Office Building. Exhibits must be picked up by September 14, 2024 at 2pm.  Exhibits not picked up following the Fair will be disposed of by October 4, 2024.

Paper Entries

Open July 8 until August 23rd, 2024.  Exhibitor Tags will be available to pickup at the office starting August 28th.  Printed Exhibitor Guides will be in mailboxes the second week of July.

Online Entries Open July 8 to August 23rd, 2024.

*If you happen to get cut off in online registration in the middle of your entry by the deadline of midnight of August 23rd, you will need to fill out a paper form for your entire entry and mail it in immediately on Saturday.  Once the online registration closes, it is closed.  It cannot be reopened for exhibitors in the middle of the process.  

Click Here to Register for the Open Show

Click Here to Register for the Livestock Show

*Please note that the Culinary Competition is not being held this year.

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past fair exhibiting INFORMATION for reference (below)

2023 Exhibitor Guide (PDF)

2022 Exhibitor Guide (PDF)

2021 Exhibitor Guide (PDF)

2019 Exhibitors Guide (PDF)

2019 Exhibitor Ribbon Winners

2019 Livestock Show Blue Ribbon Winners

2018 Exhibitor’s Guide (pdf)

2018 Exhibitor Ribbon Winners

2018 Livestock Blue Ribbon Winners


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