Waukesha County Fair

The Waukesha County Fair – Inside Scoop

2021 UPDATE: Per a March 2021 press release, “We are excited to share that we are moving forward towards our 2021 event. As planning continues for the Waukesha County Fair traditions that we all know and love, the top priority is focused on every aspect of health and safety of the community and all involved.

Summer Fun, start here.


We love the Waukesha County Fair and are excited it is back for its 179th year in 2021. This year’s theme is:

Waukesha County Fair 2021
“This Fair’s for You – We’re Back for Fun in 2021”

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 21 – 25, 2021!  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?


Giveaway for 2021 

Enter to win one of 6 family 4-packs valued at $35 each and the Grand Prize of a VIP 4-Pack for a 2021 Miller Lite Main Stage Show!

Family 4-packs include 2 adult admission, 2 youth admission and parking.  VIP  tickets include 4 Adult Admission, 4, VIP tickets to a main show, and must be redeemed no later than 7/16/2021 at the Fair Office.

TO ENTER:

2021 Giveaway  will run June 24 – July 8th, 2021 with winners chosen on July 9th!!! To be fully entered, be sure to comment on this Facebook post.

Giveaway has ended. Congrats to Marissa K.

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 179 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.

2021 “Cool” Facts

  • Celebrating 179 years in 2021 with “This Fair’s for You – We’re Back for Fun in 2021”
  • 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!

  • 1st Annual Fairest of the Fair Royal “Tea” event – Wednesday, July 21st  – 4:30pm
    • Leinie Lodge Side Stage
    • 20 spots available
    • Register any interested Royalty for the Royal “tea” event by contacting the Fair Office 262-544-5922.
    • Registration Open Now!
  • 10th annual Classic Car Show – Sunday July 25th with registration, parade and awards
  • Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show– Every day you can see these amazing lumberjacks: talk about the art of logging, history, do log rolling, climb tall poles, wood carving, & more in every show!! Schedule on Fair page!
  • Pig, Goat & Duck Races – schedule on Fair Page!
  • Demolition Derby – Saturday 1pm
  • 4th Annual Raised Grain Brewery Homebrew Competition – Details on Fair page! Winner will be decided Wednesday night at 6pm at the Family Fun Stage.
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls – Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at noon
  • Pancake Breakfast – Saturday Morning 7/24
  • Laser Tag Adventure Experience Tour
  • More coming soon!

Daily Deals

  • Wednesday, July 21st (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 22nd (Open 10-Midnight) is:
    • WAUKESHA LANDSCAPE SUPPLY, SENIOR & SCOUT DAY
    • $5 adult admission before 5 pm with coupon when you donate to Waukesha County St. Vincent de Paul locations July 1-21
    • Seniors 62+ receive $5 ALL DAY admission
    • Boy & Girl Scouts receive FREE admission when preregistered online by July 1
    • Midway Ride Special
    • 2-midnight | $30 unlimited ride wristband special
  • Friday, July 23rd (Open 10-Midnight)
    • EXPRESS TOWING & RECOVERY DAY
    • $5 OFF adult admission before 5 pm with coupon courtesy of Express Towing & Recovery
      • Visit expresstowing0911.com to download the coupon or show the coupon at the gates from your mobile device.
    • Midway Ride Special
      • 1-midnight pm | $30 unlimited ride wristband special
  • Saturday, July 24th (Open 10-Midnight)
    • ALL WORLD TRANSMISSION & SERVICE AND COURI INSURANCE DAY
    • Admission and parking included with $8 advance Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast ticket now through July 23 – WaukeshaNoonKiwanis.com.
    • Midway Ride Special
      • Noon-midnight | $30 unlimited ride wristband special
  • Sunday, July 25th Open 10-8
    • CARRIER® HEATING & COOLING DAY
    • $5 Beat the Clock adult admission before 1 pm
    • Midway Ride Special
      • Noon-8 pm | $25 unlimited ride wristband special

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 Anita’s Dance Center and Revelations Twirling Club 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.

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.

12 thoughts on “The Waukesha County Fair – Inside Scoop”

  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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