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The Waukesha County Fair – Inside Scoop and Giveaway

We love the Waukesha County Fair and are excited it is back for its 181st year in 2023. Scroll to the bottom to see our Fair Fun on Facebook and Instagram! This year’s theme is:

“Seeing is Believing”

I have an absolute adoration for the Waukesha County Fair. So many of our summer 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. 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? It’s true! 

And if you have gone every year or this will be your first, enter to win tickets and have the most fun yet!

2023 Waukesha County Fair Giveaway

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


2023 Giveaway will run June 12 – July 7th, 2023 with winners chosen on July 8th!!! Be sure to comment on the post here (or on the website comment box below) to be fully entered.

The 2023 Waukesha County Fair Ticket Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winners: 

Michelle M.
Joan S.
Inez S.
Lisa H.
Jen H.

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 181 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.

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.

2023 “Cool” Facts

  • Celebrating 181 years in 2023 with “Seeing Is Believing”
  • 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 Waukesha County Fair Events

Here is a list of some of the new and exciting attractions at the Fair this year in 2023.

  • 12th annual Classic Car Show – Key special event averaging 75-100 cars on Sunday of Fair. Parade @ 1:30 pm and Awards @ 4:30 pm.
  • BACK FOR THE 2ND YEARTOUCH OF THE WILD EDUCATION TRAILER by the OHEC (Outdoor Heritage Education Center)
    Experiential walkthrough trailer where kids, of all ages, are able to explore by touching and engaging with displays such as fish and wildlife, full body mounts of native animals to Wisconsin  wolf, turkey, beaver, bear, & morealong with antlers, horns, fur and
    feathers, and beyond
  • NEW! Jolly Giant Stilt Walkers –Stilt walkers will be roaming the grounds over the weekend connecting and entertaining fairgoers of all ages, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.
  • NEW for 2023! BRANT THE FIRE GUY  , Brant  The Fire Guy juggles fire, breathes fire, eats fire, does fire magic and even jumps through a flaming star on a skateboard. From afternoon amazement to evening blazing fun, there is even a laser show as the night goes on! 
     Afternoon & Evening Shows (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
  • Monster Mural  Kids of all ages are able to color the Fair (using washable markers) all day, every day.
  • Pig, Goat & Duck Races – schedule on Fair Page!
  • Demo Derby – 6th year with International Auto! Crash ‘em, Smash ‘em action that adds a unique twist to our Fair experience. 6th Annual Power Wheels competition!
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls – , THURSDAY and Sunday!
  • Pancake Breakfast – Saturday Morning 7/22
  • Miller Lite Main Stage:
    Thursday – LOCASH 8pm (VIP tickets-$25, ELITE VIP-$75)
    Friday – P.O.D. & Puddle of Mudd 8pm (VIP tickets-$30, ELITE VIP-$75)
    Saturday – The Gang’s All Here Tour 6:30pm (VIP tickets-$40, ELITE VIP-$95> SOLD OUT!)
    featuring Warrant, & Winger
    Sunday – Sunday Funday – The Love Monkeys Island Party w/JD Rankin 2pm Free Seating for all!
    Elite VIP -$75-$85 includes a seat guaranteed in the front four rows, admission, preferred parking and two beverage coupons.
    VIP Seats – $25- $35 includes a seat for the show, which is on a first come first serve basis the day of the show. Tickets are on sale NOW!
  • Coors Light and Leinie Lodge Stages – Bella Cain, The Toys – Revisited, Ten Feet Tall, Kings of Radio, Four On The Floor, Stetsin &
    Lace, Ryan McIntyre & Friends, Smart Mouth, Fool House, & Many more!
  • Guitars for Veterans (G4V) will be a part of the 2023 event, playing on the Leinie Lodge Thursday of Fair. This non-profit provides free lessons and guitars to Veterans offering the healing power of music, comradery, belonging, and so much more to aid in coping through all they’ve endured physically and mentally. With over 80 chapters in 40 states, their mission and
    impact continue to stretch far and wide across the United States.

Daily Deals

  • Wednesday, July 19th (Open Noon – 10pm)
    • Wednesday is TRIPLE PLAY WEDNESDAY: $3 admission, parking and rides. Presented by Pick n Save.
    • Midway Ride Special – 1 ticket all rides and tickets are $3 each (3pm – 10pm)
    • Nation Corn Dog Day! $3 Corn Dogs ALL DAY
  • Thursday, July 20th (Open 10-Midnight) is:
    • SENIOR DAY – Seniors receive 50% off ($6) ALL DAY admission
    • Thursday is FLEET FARM DAY 
    • In partnership with North American Midway Entertainment, from 2-4 p.m., individuals with special needs can explore midway rides for free.
      • *Pre-registration is required for this opportunity through the Waukesha County Fair Office and accepted through Friday, July 14 at 4 p.m.
      • Call (262-544-5922) or email (info@waukeshacountyfair.co m)
  • Friday, July 21st (Open 10-Midnight)
    • Adult Admission Coupon 50% off ($6) before 5 pm by stopping by any Waukesha, Oconomowoc, or Pewaukee locations and
      picking up a coupon starting July 1stMust have coupon present to receive discount at the gate
  • Saturday, July 22nd (Open 10-7pm)
    • 44th Annual Kiwanis Pancake BreakfastAdmission & Parking included with $10 Presale AllYouCanEat Pancake Breakfast ticket
      Sponsored by Waukesha Noon Kiwanis offered June 1st until July 22nd & available online at http://www.waukeshanoonkiwanis.com

The full daily schedule can be found here.

2023 Prices At the Gate

Adult = $12.00
Youth (6-12 years) = $6.00
Children 5 and Under FREE
Daily Parking $5.00 (vehicle entry is subject to availability)
Free Motorcycle Parking  

Tips for Attending the Fair 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.

Waukesha County Fair Map 2023

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.

20 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.

  2. Lynne Fitzpatrick

    The Waukesha County Fair is a real gem. Family friendly, clean, and fun! Don’t miss it ❤️

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