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

Come join the fun!
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Most grounds entertainment is included with admission

For ticket information click here.


  • Wednesday, September 7–Western Horse Show in livestock area starting at 9 a.m.

  • Wednesday, September 7–Open and Jr. Show judging.

  • Wednesday, September 7–Harness Racing at the racing track.

  • Thursday September 8–Food Cooking Demo by Chef Darrel on Home Arts Stage-at 12:30 p.m.

  • Friday, September 9–Draft Horse Show in livestock area, starting at 9 a.m.

  • Friday, September 9Vintage Baseball at the Infield, 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sept 10Northern Illinois Outlaws-Showdown in DeKalb County at the livestock arena, 2 p.m.

  • Sunday September 11–Sandwich Auto Show at the racetrack infield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sunday September 11–9/11 Remembrance ceremony on the Ag Land Stage at 10 a.m.

  • Sunday September 11–Draft Horse Pulls in the livestock area at 1 p.m.

  • Sunday, September13–Sheep lead classes at the livestock area at 2 p.m.


Look for many of these acts strolling throughout the fair.

  • Antique Farm Machinery (see map)

  • Arts & Crafts Demonstrations (Arts & Crafts Buildings #34 and #51)

  • Balster Magic Productions, Inc.

  • Banjo Buddies

  • Buttons the Clown

  • Carnival rides and games (wristband or tickets required)

  • Carrie McQueen-Stilt Walking and Juggling

  • Chris Vallilo original and traditional acoustic roots music

  • Commercial displays

  • Dan Barth Old Time Medicine Show

  • Dixieland Trio

  • Exhibits

  • FFA Farm Zoo

  • Food, food and more food to purchase from local groups and food vendors


Vintage Baseball Game

Friday, September 9 at 5 p.m.

Vintage BaseballRest your feet, set your watch for 5 p.m., go to the racetrack infield and experience the “old way” of playing baseball! There’s nothing better than a rivalry between two local teams. Join in the cheers for either the Somonauk Blue Stockings or the Sandwich Millers.

Vintage baseball is played by rules of the late 1850’s. Imagine no gloves, no infield dirt, wooden bats and a leather-covered ball that changes shape after its hit. Playing on grass gives a new challenge to former baseball players.

Players wear vintage uniforms. While both teams are competitive, FUN is the goal. This is not just kids stuff. Ages of team members range from as young as teenagers to as mature as players who are 50+! Stretch out on the grass or bring a chair.

We hope to see you on the racetrack infield on Friday, September 9, at 5 p.m.

Visit their websites for more information: Somonauk Blue Stockings VS. Sandwich Millers

Sandwich Fair History Museum

History Museum

When you visit the fair, take time to visit the Fair Museum. The museum is housed in the 1892 former Secretary's Office (just west of Otto's train track and south of the landmark windmill) one of the oldest buildings on the fairgrounds.

Stop by and visit us.

More information about the museum

Showdown in DeKalb County Presented by the Northern Illinois Outlaws

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

northern Illinois OutlawsSaddle 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 livestock area to see these cowboys n' cowgirls, fast horses, trick shooting and a few surprises.

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

Visit the Northern Illinois Outlaws website.

Maggie the Real milking cow

Want to know the feeling of milking a real cow? Maggie the mechanical milking cow is back again. Kids love this experience! It is a great photo opportunity and maybe a Christmas card idea. You can find Maggie waiting for you in the FFA Farm Zoo building even though she is not an FFA project.

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

See the kid's page for more fun things for kids to do at the fair.

Udderly fun for everyone!