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Gate Admission

Ages 7 & older: $8
Ages 6 & under: FREE

Re-entry: Wristbands for re-entry will be given upon payment of admission.

Gates open at 8 a.m. each day

Gate admission is FREE beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening!

Tickets

Fair Admission Tickets can be purchased at the gates during all hours of the fair. Cash & credit cards are accepted at all gates.

Demolition Derby Tickets (Sunday night grandstand event) can be purchased:

  • Online for pick up at the Administration office until Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
  • At Grandstand beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022.

Midway Ride Tickets can be purchased at the Midway ticket booths during the fair. More information on the Midway page.

Special Days

Thursday: Senior Citizen Day

Seniors 60 & older: Half price from 8 a.m.—6 p.m.

Friday: Military Appreciation Day

Free admission for veterans and current military with current military ID

Sunday

Gate admission is FREE beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening!

Advanced Sale Tickets

Save money with advanced sale items!

Buy online (processing fees will be added) and pick up in the Administration Building or have them mailed to you.

The last day advanced sale items will be mailed is Wednesday, August 3. Advanced admission tickets not picked up before the opening of the fair will be at WILL CALL at the North Gate (Gate #5).

Tickets can also be purchased in the Administration Building (M–F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) beginning June 27, 2022. When purchasing with a credit card, processing fees will be added.

Advanced sale items will not be available after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday August 10, 2022.

Carver County Agricultural Society Membership & Gate Tickets

Save $5 on admission! A Carver County Agricultural Society Membership costs $35 and includes 5 gate tickets.

Midway Ride Tickets

8 rides for $20! Advanced ride tickets are available via 4-H club members or online.

Fair bucks were discontinued in 2018.

Building Hours

Exhibit Buildings & Barns

Each day8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Commercial Buildings

Wednesday12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thurs. – Sat.10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location Map


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Exhibiting

Please visit the Exhibiting at the Fair page for information on exhibit categories, pre-registration, drop-off, premiums, and more.

Parking

Public parking

Public parking for the Carver County Fair is available for free on the city streets in Waconia. Parking is also available for a fee in the Good Samaritan and Ridgeview Hospital parking lots. Public parking is not available on the Fairgrounds.

Handicapped parking

Handicapped parking is located on Burandt Blvd. adjacent to Gate #1 (Main Gate). Sorry, no motorized scooter rentals available.

NEW! Free Shuttle Buses

Free shuttle buses will be available north and west of the fairgrounds on Friday & Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Commercial & Livestock exhibitors

Commercial and Livestock exhibitors can purchase parking passes as part of the lease agreement with the Fairgrounds. Parking space for holders of parking passes is limited and no guarantee is given that parking will be available. No parking passes sold to general public.

Accessibility

Handicapped parking is located on Burandt Blvd. adjacent to Gate #1 (Main Gate) and Gate #5 (North Gate).

No hoverboards, skateboards, roller or inline skates, bikes or motorized scooters, etc. are allowed on the fairgrounds. Handicap scooters are the exception.

Sorry, no motorized scooter rentals are available at this event.

Gate Policies & Restrictions

Cash & credit cards are accepted at all gates.

  • Gate #1/Main Gate: Pedestrians only; vehicles not allowed during the fair.
  • Gate #2/East Gate/4th St.: Pedestrians only; vehicles not allowed during the fair.
  • Gate #3/South Gate/5th St.: Pedestrians only; vehicles not allowed during the fair.
  • Gate #4/West Gate/Burandt Blvd.: Pedestrians, horse and livestock trailers/vehicles only.
  • Gate #5/North Gate/Ag Gate: Pedestrians, commercial exhibitors and fair staff vehicles only.

Livestock Exhibitor Gate Pass Policy: If entries and required registration are in the Fair office by the deadline date, one Fair-week gate pass will be issued to each livestock exhibitor, but only one parking pass will be issued per residence/family exhibiting livestock. The Carver County Fair Board already issues each 4-H livestock exhibitor a gate pass via the Carver County Extension Office; no second gate pass will knowingly be issued to anyone.

Rules, Policies, Pets

NO DOGS or other pets allowed in fairgrounds. Exceptions are bonafide service animals (written proof required) or if the pet’s presence is part of an organized and announced fair activity. ANYONE violating this rule with a pet must take the pet off fairgrounds property immediately upon being asked by any fair official or law enforcement personnel.

An air-conditioned breastfeeding building is available next to the Administration Building.

Alcoholic beverages are only allowed in the Entertainment Center and Grandstand.

No hoverboards, skateboards, roller or inline skates, bikes or motorized scooters, etc. are allowed on the fairgrounds. Handicap scooters are the exception.

While the greatest care will be executed by the Management to protect patrons of the Carver County Fair, each individual will be held personally responsible for his or her actions, and the Management will not be accountable or responsible for any injury. The Carver County Agricultural Society Management assumes no liability for loss or damage to any property to the concessionaire, exhibitor or patron, due to theft, fire, tornado, weather conditions or other causes. The Directors of the Carver County Fair Board reserve the right to refuse any offensive or obscene exhibits or fair event participation in which the judgment of the Fair Board would be offensive to the general public.

The Carver County Fairgrounds is private property. It is the expectation of the Carver County Fair Board that patrons will behave in an appropriate, lawful manner. No entrances or exits can be obstructed or limited in any way. The distribution of literature or other informational pieces must come from a commercial exhibitor space. Fill out our Vendor Request Form if you would like to inquire about renting a space at the Fair.