Waukesha County Fair

The Waukesha County Fair – Inside Scoop and Giveaway

We love the Waukesha County Fair and are excited it is back for its 180th year in 2022. Scroll to the bottom to see our fun from this year on Facebook and Instagram! This year’s theme is:

Waukesha County Fair 2022
“Bringing us together in 2022 – County Pride Through and Through”

Miller Light Main Stage
Thursday Night – Randy Hauser
Friday Night – Ted Nugent
Saturday Night – Seether

I have an absolute adoration for the Waukesha County Fair. So many of our family memories have been made there.  The first year we went my son was 15 months. He was just starting to talk, but over and over at the fair he kept saying “more animals…more animals…” and hence started his obsession with animals.  Another year, the boys went on their first RIDES ever.  We took tons of pictures, and there were no tears.  Another year, we watched the demolition derby and escaped the heat in the indoor building with the cold milk from the milk tent.  Last year, we had a great time then I lost my phone there but someone turned it in! Hooray for good people! – We just LOVE the fair.  We, in Waukesha County, are so lucky to have such an amazing event in the heart of Lake Country!

In this post, we highlight details about the fair, the deals of each day, list out the key attractions and give tips for attending with children.  We hope you get out and enjoy this local gem July 20-24,2022!  When you go, tag Lake Country Family Fun in your photos with the hashtag #LOVELCFF and #Waukesha #CountyFair.

Please thank our sponsor:

The Waukesha County Fair

Waukesha County Fair

Did you know that Waukesha County Fair is not only the oldest county fair in Wisconsin—they are also the largest event in Waukesha County?


The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Waukesha County until 11 pm. A very strong line of storms will be entering Waukesha County with subsequent lines following. Out of concern for the safety of everyone, the Waukesha County Fair Association will be closing the Fairgrounds as of 7 pm.
We appreciate your patience as we work through this.
ELITE VIP AND VIP Ticket holders will be contacted directly via email with further instructions.
Please join us tomorrow for a great day at the Fair.

Due to the high temperatures, humidity, and heat indices expected this week, the Waukesha County Fair has temporarily lifted its carry-in ban on water bottles for the entire Fair, July 20 – 24Fairgoers are encouraged to bring in a sealed water bottle or a clear, empty water bottle (one per person) to fill on the grounds and stay hydrated. Water fountains are located in the Freeman Exhibits Arena Building on the south end of the grounds, and in and around the Revere Electric Supply, Co. Forum Marketplace & Shops in the middle of the grounds.

Pepsi is the sponsor partner with available Gatorade and water at various locations throughout the grounds. Fairgoers can cool off in the misting tent located on the south end of the Fairgrounds near the air-conditioned Freeman Exhibits Arena building, in the air-conditioned Revere Electric Supply, Co. Forum Marketplace, and in the 4-H Kitchen, while enjoying an ice cream cone or cream puff. Fairgoers can also stay cool and watch local music acts in the shaded Leinie Lodge, Coors Light, & make a “pit stop” at the Express Towing & Recovery rest area.

Giveaway for 2022 

5 pairs of tickets valued at $29/pair.
Pair of  tickets include 2 adult admission and parking.  


2022 Giveaway  will run June 17 – July 8th, 2022 with winners chosen on July 9th!!! To be fully entered, be sure to comment on this Facebook post.

The giveaway has ended in 2022. Congrats to our winners:
Sarah R. of Pewaukee
Kristen K. of Oconomowoc
Joan R. of Waukesha
Sherry T. of  Waterford

Even if you don’t win, you can still strike a great deal. Check out the advance ticket page and get discounts for advance purchase tickets and wristbands for rides.  You can also find daily deals here listed in the Daily Deals section below.

Also, if your kiddo is enrolled in a Library Summer Reading program (detailed in our Free Summer Fun Guide) some of the prize coupons include junior tickets to the fair!  Check it out!

About the Waukesha County Fair

The Waukesha County Fair has been around since 1842 (before Wisconsin was officially a state)! That’s 180 years of great family fair fun for all!  Everyone can find something to love at the fair from newborn to ninety-nine. (The fair is stroller and wheel chair accessible). Some people come for the amazing concerts, others for the farm animals, many for the food, some for the rides – really there is something for everyone at the fair!

The Fair recently received their Travel Green Wisconsin certification from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.  The fairgrounds are located just south of Hwy 94 in Waukesha at 1000 Northview Road.

2022 “Cool” Facts

  • Celebrating 180 years in 2022 with “Bringing us together in 2022 – County Pride Through and Through”
  • Water available at area bubblers in the Air Conditioned Forum Marketplace & Shoppes as well as the Arena Exhibit Hall!
  • Misting Tent available to “cool off” just outside the Arena Exhibit Hall
  • Great NEW Fair Foodies this year for all ages!

Don’t Miss These Events

Here is a list of some of the new and exciting attractions at the Fair this year!

  • 11th annual Classic Car Show – Sunday July 24th with registration, parade and awards
  • BMX Stunt Show – The seasoned Division BMX Stunt Team is making heads turn with their depth-defying aerial stunts and tricks to captivate audiences of all ages. Bringing with them their mind-blowing, 3-story tall “Super Ramp,” these shows are sure to be seen across the fairgrounds adding the “wow-factor” that any adrenaline junkie can’t miss. Check here for schedule.
  • Drone Show – Thursday July 21st about 10PM. The Waukesha County Fair is celebrating it’s 180th Anniversary and bringing back the high-flying LED Drone Light Show! New for 2022, up to 35 drones will light up the night sky with a choreographed performance 200 feet above the grounds and set to patriotic songs, popular tunes, and more.
  • Pig, Goat & Duck Races – schedule on Fair Page!
  • Demolition Derby – Saturday, July 23rd at 1pm
  • 5th Annual Raised Grain Brewery Homebrew Competition – TBD
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls – Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at noon
  • Pancake Breakfast – Saturday Morning 7/23
  • More coming soon!

Daily Deals

  • Wednesday, July 20th (Open Noon – 10pm)
    • Dollar DAY – Presented by Pick n Save ($1 tickets, $1 parking)
    • Midway Ride Special – 1 ticket all rides and tickets are $2 each (3pm – 10pm)
  • Thursday, July 21st (Open 10-Midnight) is:
    • GENERAC & SENIOR DAY – Seniors 62+ receive $6 ALL DAY admission
    • Midway Ride Special 2:00 pm – midnight ($33)
  • Friday, July 22nd (Open 10-Midnight)
    • $5 adult admission before 5 pm with coupon when you donate to Waukesha County St. Vincent de Paul locations July 1-21
    • Midway Ride Special 2:00 pm – midnight ($33)
  • Saturday, July 23rd (Open 10-7pm)
    • Midway Ride Special 2 pm – midnight ($33)

The full daily schedule can be found here.

Tips for Attending with Kids

  • Check the daily schedule for the Children’s Tent. There are tons of demonstrations, contests and events including meet the {Waukesha schools} principals, Iron Beaver/Silver Fox Railroad Exhibit and so much more family fun!
  • Check the daily schedule for the Family Fun Stage located in the Arena Exhibit Hall. Events include Catelyn Picco and a Casa Charter School’s Drum & Dance for Peace Group to name a few.
  • Good news – the grounds are stroller accessible!
  • Bring extra water. It gets hot walking around.
  • Know where the restrooms are in case your little needs to go…like now (see Fairgrounds map)!
  • Don’t forget to stop by our family’s favorite tent – the Waukesha Dairy Farmer’s all you care to drink Milk tent (located by the 4H forum building) for $1.00.  They serve chocolate, strawberry and white. What would a fair in Wisconsin without milk be anyway?!
  • For kids who love trucks and tractors, don’t miss the Demolition Derby Saturday at 1pm or the Tractor Pulls Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at noon!
  • The Pig, Goat and Duck race schedules can be found here.
  • Take Part in a life-size coloring event. Help color the Monster Mural. The life-size coloring book page is 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
  • Whatever day(s) you go, be sure to check the Daily Schedule so you don’t miss a thing (there are WAY to many things to mention).
  • Come hungry. There are so many food vendors to chose from (so hard to choose each year). This year many favorite are returning and a host of new vendors are joining. Check them out here.

See our 2022 Waukesha County Fair Fun HERE.
See our 2021 Waukesha County Fair Fun HERE.

More Summer Fun, start here.

Other: Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entering the giveaway. Entrants must be located in the U.S. The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email that was submitted. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize, or another winner will be chosen. Only one entry person. Duplicates will be deleted.

Disclosure: Many thanks to the Waukesha County Fair for providing the free tickets for this giveaway.

See disclosure and privacy policy here. The winner may be congratulated on Facebook (with the official prize notification going through email). For giveaways that are announced or promoted on Facebook, please note that these promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

17 thoughts on “The Waukesha County Fair – Inside Scoop and Giveaway”

  1. Jennifer schenk

    I usually go to the Walwort county fair , but having lived in Oconomowoc for several years feel I should make the switch (hard to do). My favorite part of the fair is the food! I love all the food vendors and games. I win a fish every year!!! The fair is just part of summer.

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