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Entry Deadline

Entries are accepted beginning July 1st

You have the option to either enter online beginning July 1st, or by submitting a paper entry to the fair office. Livestock online entries close at 11:59 pm on August 1st.
Non Livestock online registration remains open until 11:59 pm on August 11th. Paper entries can be dropped off at the fair office or mailed to:
McLeod County Fair Entry
PO Box 142
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Livestock entries may be rejected due to space availability as determined by the department superintendent. Entries are filled as received.

Livestock Trailers & Camping


This information is taken from page 4 of the Premium Book:

TRAILERS: (if you have a camping space – see trailer parking info included under Camping)

32. All livestock trailers must be parked in the designated parking area and must be registered with a number from the fair office. Trailer spaces are limited to the first registered trailers. Only one trailer per exhibitor/family. Trailer spaces are 15’x40’. Registration opens in the fair office on Monday, July 17 th at 8:00 am.

33. If your trailer is empty and not storing feed or supplies, please take the trailer home to free up parking spaces.

34. Trucks & trailers that are NOT staying on the grounds may be parked in the NE corner of the lot on Wednesday, but must be removed by Thursday morning at 9:00am. See map for details. Overflow parking will be available on the West side of Market Street beginning Sunday afternoon for those coming on Sunday for load out.

35. It is important that your trailer drivers understand the traffic flow in order to avoid congestion:

a) During load in on Wednesday/load out on Sunday, use the Market Street gate for all trailer traffic. Keep to the right and circle in a counter-clockwise rotation, exiting out the Market Street gate when unloaded/loaded. See map on the fair website or the fair office for reference.

b) Do not park in a way that will block the flow of traffic or access to vehicles or trailers. If possible, lead your animals to/from your parked trailer to help avoid congestion along livestock buildings and the roadway.

c) Do not park in the lot to unload unless you have a designated spot. Even for a quick drop off, it can throw off the parking layout and create a lot of confusion.

d) After 8pm on Sunday, trailer parking spaces are no longer reserved and become general parking.


36. Camping on the grounds is limited to livestock exhibitors and fair board members. Campers must be parked along the East or Southeast fence line of the fairgrounds according to the camper and trailer parking map. All campers must be pre-registered in the fair office by the Wednesday prior to the start of the fair. Camping space is limited to the first 40 campers registered. Registration opens in the fair office on Monday, July 17 th at 8:00 am. A camping fee of $40.00/camper and a signed agreement is needed to reserve a space. No water or electrical hookups are available. Camping spaces are 25’x40’. Campers must provide their own personal quiet generator to fulfill any power needs. The McLeod County Agricultural Association is not liable for any accidents and assumes no liability with incidents associated with campers or any individuals involved.

a. If you have a camping space and are parking a livestock trailer on-site, your trailer must fit within your 25’x40’ space with your camper. Your camper and trailer tags will have a matching number for identification.

b. The Minnesota Department of Health has requested that a minimum separation distance of 7 feet be maintained between the sides of adjacent recreational camping vehicles. Therefore, each camper must stay 3.5 feet away from the dividing lines on each side of your 25’ wide space . This includes steps and slide outs. A trailer parked along-side your camper is not included in the 7’ distance, but must stay within the lines of your space to allow neighboring camper doors to open, etc.


Camper & Trailer Parking Layout

Important Electrical Requirements

The county will be strictly enforcing the following requirements regarding extension cords used in all livestock barns during the fair, and should be followed by all exhibitors:
  • All extension cords must be at least 12 gauge or larger Type G, PPE, S, SE, SEO, SEOO, SC, SCE, SCT, SO, SOO, ST, STO ,STOO, W or other types identified for extra-hard usage and must be of the grounding type.
  • Extension cords must also be three-wire flexible.
  • No lightweight (2 wire) extension cords or "zip" cords (18 gauge or smaller) may be used anywhere.
  • Octopus plugs and two-wire extension cords often create a fire hazard and will be removed if found in use during an event.
  • Cables with a "J" in the type designation (Such as Type SJT) are not permitted.

Departments & Superintendents

Department 1: Draft Horses, Draft Ponies & Miniature Horses
  • Superintendent: Keith Tongen
  • Assistant: Larry Tongen
Department 2: Driving
  • Superintendent: Keith Tongen
  • Assistant: Larry Tongen
Department 3: Horses & Ponies
  • Superintendent: Keith Tongen
  • Horse Committee: Kendra Telecky, Cindy Dolezal & Rachel Telecky
Department 4: Dairy
  • Superintendent: Doug Tuman
    Assistants: Tim Albrecht and Scott Rickeman
Department 5: Sheep
  • Superintendent: John Rickeman
Department 6: Goats
  • Superintendent: Gary Asche
Department 7: Beef
  • Superintendents: Carla Krone & Lana Lange
Department 8: Poultry
  • Superintendent: Paul Merkins
  • Assistant: Jerry Schimelpfenig
Department 9: Pigeons
  • Superintendent: Paul Merkins
Department 10: Rabbits
  • Superintendent: Paul Merkins

Exhibit Snapshots

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