Dodge County Fairgrounds

Dodge County Fair invites community to exhibit in open-class

The Dodge County Fair is inviting artists, craftsmen, amateur photographers, cooks, bakers, and crafters from the community to finish up your latest Internet-inspired creation and exhibit in competition at the county fair. The division is called “open class,” and it’s geared toward adults and senior citizens, although youth can participate, as well.

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“Exhibiting in open class is a fun way to showcase your skills, see what others are working on, and gain feedback for enhancing future projects,” noted Sally Schoenike, open-class project coordinator. “Some enjoy the competitive nature of exhibiting, while others exhibit for the joy of it or because it’s family tradition.”

Entry areas include, but are not limited to vegetables, flowers and plants, foods, clothing, knitting, crocheting, home furnishings, arts, crafts, photography, dairy products, honey, crops, beef cattle, and dairy cattle. Those interested can find the open-class exhibitor book and entry form online at; click on Dodge County Fair and scroll down to “exhibitor info.” Copies can also be obtained at a variety of banks and small-town grocery stores throughout Dodge County. The deadline is July 28 for cattle and Aug. 8 for the remaining categories.

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By paying one fee of $25, exhibitors can enter as many projects as desired AND get a season pass for the 2017 Dodge County Fair (a $35 value). Monetary awards are presented to the top exhibitors in each category.

The fair office is open during the summer, and the staff is more than willing to answer all questions about the open-class division. Call 920-885-3586. The Dodge County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 16-20, 2017.

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Written by Dori Lichty — farm wife, 4-H Mom, and full-time communicator