A tradition not only at the Door County Fair, but county fairs across the state is the Dairy Cattle exhibit! Especially here in America’s Dairyland, the Dairy Cattle exhibit is an important display of agriculture’s impact on our state. You’ll see dairy of many different breeds and colors. Come through the dairy exhibit and learn the difference between a Holstein and a Brown Swiss. Meet some of the families who live and work on dairy farms in Door County and learn more about where our dairy products come from! Dairy show is Friday starting at 8:30 a.m.
Beef cattle are another great exhibit of animals to see at the fair! Exhibitors raise their beef cattle throughout the year in hopes of growing a quality beef product for sale and winning a Door-County-Fair Blue Ribbon. The Beef show is Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. and is a great place to learn about how beef are judged. Steers are sold at an auction on Saturday night. Fairgoers are encouraged to talk to the exhibitors about the production of beef.
The Door County Fair swine exhibitors consists mainly the last ten years or so of Junior Fair exhibitors who enter both Jr. fair and open in hopes of their hogs making weight, grading out, and making the sale each year. We have not had breeding stock for years. Most hogs being raised for market hogs. Numbers of animals ranging from 60 to 100. Everyone is invited to come and watch the Swine show Saturday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. at John Miles County Fair Park.
The sheep show has been increasing every year. We do, off and on, have breeding stock animals at the show, but the largest exhibit is the Jr. fair market animals. Sheep are judged on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. 4-H exhibitors raise market lambs with hopes of being able to put these animals up for auction at the animal sale on Saturday night. Numbers range from 20 to 30 animals.
Goats have had a slow start, but more and more families are now raising them. The Goat Show is held on Friday morning (8:00 a.m.), right before the Dairy Show at 8:30 a.m.
There is nothing more fun than going to watch the horses at the Door County Fair. A walk through the newly constructed horse and swine barn is awesome. There are 40 beautiful horses of all colors and breeds to look at standing in their newly remodeled stalls. You can watch the riders compete at the Gymkhana show on Thursday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. and/or the Pleasure show on Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. I love to watch the Drill Team Exhibition on Friday night at 7 p.m. and the Drill Team Competition on Saturday, there are teams that come from all over the state to compete. Horses have been a part of the Door County Fair for as long as anyone can remember. The riding arena is a busy place throughout the whole fair, you can find a horse in that arena just about every hour of every day. Grab a lawn chair or a bleacher seat and enjoy the horses at the Door County Fair!!!!
Don’t miss the new Small Animal Building Exhibits. The Jr. Fair and Open Exhibitors will be showing off their fancy feathered poultry. We will have an amazing variety of feather colors and characteristics on display. Take some time to see the different varieties of chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigeons that your neighbors have brought to the fair. For a real look inside the hobby, come to the Poultry judging on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. to witness the tough competition and strict standards that apply to these birds and find out who has raised the Best of Show. Market poultry — Roasters, Broilers, Yearling Hens, Young Ducks, Young Geese, and Young Turkeys are also a part of the Saturday evening Quality Market Animal Sale.
Fuzzy bunnies of all sizes, shapes and colors are exhibited each year at the fair. Stop by the rabbit building to see rabbits with short ears and long ears, small rabbits or large rabbits and learn about the different breeds of rabbits that are shown. Judging of Rabbits takes place on Friday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. with Pet Rabbits, then the Purebred Breeds. There is also a great educational exhibit in this building to learn about raising rabbits. Market rabbits — Single Fryers, Meat Pens, and Roaster Rabbits are a part of the Saturday evening Quality Market Animal Sale.
Jr. Fair Dogs:
Dog Obedience — returning to the Door County Fair – Wednesday evening.
Small Animals – Pets
For the Junior Fair exhibitors who have enrolled in Small Pets (Guinea Pigs, Caged Birds, Hamsters and Gerbils, or Pocket Pets), or Cats — there animals are brought to the Fairgrounds on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. , judged, and then taken back home.