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ALWAYS LABOR DAY WEEK - Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open 8 a.m.

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Brought to you by the Sandwich Fair Education Committee and their sponsors: DeKalb Country Farm Bureau.

See you summer 2017!

FFA Farm Zoo

Be sure not to miss the FFA Farm Zoo. Get up close and cuddly with some friendly farm animals.

Maggie the Milking Cow

Learn how to hand milk a cow.


Second grade student ribbons, prizes, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place honorable mentions awarded.


Buttons the Clown & Carrie McQueen

He can be spotted strolling around all areas of the grounds and even driving in his little clown mobile.

Otto's Train

Your trip to the Sandwich Fair is not complete without having ridden the train around the fairgrounds.

Showdown in DeKalb County

See the fastest guns in DeKalb County!


Applications closed

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Sandwich Fair Activity Book

Who doesn't love a pork chop?


activity book cover Say hello to Porkchop, a hungry little pig. Porkchop gets hungry even when he thinks about fair food!
Let Porkchop show you around the fairgrounds with your FREE activity book!
Porkchop will share facts about food that was introduced at fairs over many years—and not just the Sandwich Fair. Porkchop will start his journey at the beginning and tell about fair food up to the present.

Did you know "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" was first coined at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair?

How to get started on your fun fair facts adventure:

  1. Pick up your copy of the Fun Fair Facts activity book to start your fun fair facts adventure.
  2. Get your book stamped at various locations throughout the fairgrounds.
  3. After your adventure, bring your stamped activity book to the Gazebo (located in front of the Home Arts Building).
  4. Claim an awesome free prize (while supplies last).

Where to get a copy of the fun facts book:

  • Gazebo
  • Hospitality Pavillion
  • FFA Farm Zoo
  • Horticulture Building
  • History Museum
  • Antique machinery

Look for a poster of Porchop Pig.
Find these locations on the Sandwich Fair map

Take home a furry keepsake of your visit to the 129th Sandwich Fair. You can purchase Porkchop at the Gazebo. See souvenirs for 2016.

FFA Farm Zoo

pictures of the FFA farm zoo

Some of the best things in life are free.

Where do you see the most smiles, ooh’s and ahh’s at the Sandwich Fair? The FFA Farm Zoo, of course!

Both adults and children enjoy the cute, cuddly and quirky animals on display. The experince of touching a soft baby rabbit or a fluffy baby chick brings out the wonder and joy in our hearts when interacting with farm animals. Kids (and parents) will feel that strong bond that farmers have for their animals.

Learn about the hard work and dedication it takes to make this happen.

Your time here is sure to make great memories and great photographic opportunities!

Maggie the Real milking cow

This educational cow is mooo-valous fun. Learn how to milk a cow like it's done on the farm. This is a great bucket list activity for the family. Maggie is very amoooosing, and milking Maggie is safe and clean. It isn't real milk, but don't tell Maggie.

You can find Maggie, the working replica of a cow, waiting for you in the FFA Farm Zoo.

Udderly fun for everyone!

Buttons the Clown & Carrie McQueen

Everyone loves clowning around

Buttons the Clown can be spotted strolling around all areas of the grounds and even driving in his little clown mobile. He is always ready for a friendly conversation or a photo op, as he loves to make people happy at the Sandwich Fair.

If you’re lucky, he might even make you a colorful balloon animal!

Look for Carrie McQueen walking around. You won't miss her if you look upward. She juggles too!

Augie Otto's Train

A must do choo choo

Hop on board. Otto's train is a great fair stop for everyone. It is a relaxing and WAY COOL ride. Kids will love it and will be bringing parents back to the fair to ride it again (and we're not just blowin' smoke). You can watch for free or buy a ticket and experience it for yourself!

Augie Otto's first run was in 1973. It is a model of Class 5-4 Hudson Type 4-6-4, Burlington Series 3000 Engine and is 1/4 scale. Now THAT's some model train! Adults will love it as much as the kids.

This is a fair treat you won't want to miss.


Displayed at the Hospitality Tent

northern Illinois OutlawsThis annual contest is open to all Sandwich second grade students attending LG Haskin, WW Woodbury and Prairie View elementary schools.

It’s colorful. It’s creative. It’s charming. It’s a must see at the Sandwich Fair!

Coloring pages are distributed to Sandwich second-grade students at the beginning of the school year. All entries are officially judged and displayed in the Heartland Pavillion.

Special prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; and ribbons for Honorable Mentions! These winning coloring pages and their awards are prominently displayed for all fairgoers to admire.

As part of its goal to Entertain and Educate, the Fair delivers free activity books to all elementary school students in the Sandwich School District.

The contest is made possible by the Sandwich Fair Education committee.

Showdown in DeKalb County

Presented by the Northern Illinois Outlaws

northern Illinois Outlaws Saddle up cowpokes. Get ready to see the fastest guns in DeKalb County. Northern Illinois Outlaws is a cowboy mounted shooting club that has been performing at the Sandwich Fair since 2008.

Jr. Wranglers are selected from the audience to ride stick ponies and play "Simon Says." Then the real cowboys and cowgirls demonstrate fast shootin' and expert ridin' with a show that recreates a mounted shooting competition from the old west.

Roundup your Moms and Dads and head on over to the horse arena (#2 on the map) to see these cowboys n' cowgirls, fast horses, trick shooting and a few surprises.

Performing Saturday, September 10, 2:00 p.m.

Visit the Northern Illinois Outlaws website.

Attention Educators!


School groups, including students and chaperones, are admitted free on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 7–9, 2016.

Applications closed.

Special needs groups are also invited to attend the Sandwich Fair on the following days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Wednesday September 7, Thursday September 8, and Friday September 9, 2016.

Fair representatives will be at the entry gate near the bus parking area to distribute "Fun Fair Facts" books to all registered school groups.

We look forward to seeing your class at the fair!

Even more activities for kids to enjoy

Free every day

  • The livestock area offers kids the opportunity to see many farm animals in the Exhibit Barns.
  • The Demonstration Building features artists and crafts people at work. Children and young adults can observe crafts such as pottery making, basket weaving, wood carving, and wheat weaving.
  • Look for photography, artwork, collections, and miscellaneous craft exhibits in the Arts and Crafts Building.
  • The Horticulture Building. Lots of picture-perfect grains, fruits, vegetables, and flowers are displayed. Check out the enormous pumpkins!
  • The History Museum has photographs, posters and showcases filled with Fair memorabilia from the past and present. Be sure to look around the museum after you get your Activity Book stamped.
  • Rob Thompson's Pure Magic
  • Balster Magic Productions Inc.
  • Banjo Buddies Dixieland Trio
  • Dan Barth Entertainment
  • Chris Vallilo Original and Traditional Acoustic Roots Music
  • Strolling Pipers Bands
  • The Moo-Mania Comedy Show
  • The Spoon  Man
  • Alfy's Puppets

FAMILY TENTS AND CHANGING STATIONS: There are two family tents at the fair. One is located on the east side of the restrooms and the other is on the west side across from the Agland Stage area.