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Livestock Exhibitors

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 the Saturday prior to fair start. 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.


  • Barns will be open and ready for bedding down TUESDAY from NOON - 7:00PM (no animals Tuesday)
  • Animal arrival may begin NO SOONER THAN 9:00AM WEDNESDAY. 4-H may require animals to arrive by a certain time on Wednesday - please check with 4-H for that information. There are no public fair events held Wednesday.
  • All animals are required to be settled in place & ready for the public by 9:00AM THURSDAY, opening day of the fair.
  • All exhibits must remain in place until 8:00PM Sunday.
Non-Livestock Exhibits are to be brought to the fairgrounds on TUESDAY, AUGUST 16TH. Entries are accepted from NOON - 7:00pm. No late entries accepted. Exhibits will be judged privately Tuesday evening or Wednesday and will be ready for public viewing when the fair opens, Thursday at 9:00am.


Camping sign up is first come, first served basis until filled. Sign up opens on MONDAY, AUGUST 1st, 2022 @ 8:00AM in the Fair Office. Be sure to read through the rules below and make note of the process before coming to register for a space! (Heads Up: Spaces tend to fill very quickly with a line forming before 8AM opening).

Livestock Exhibitor Parking, Trailers & Camping

*taken from page 4 of the Premium Book:

MARKET STREET GATE: is a “Pass Only” gate and will be open for your convenience during the busiest times at our main gates.
  • Gates will be locked at 9:00am each day and re-opened from 4:00-8:00pm each evening. The gate will be open for extended hours on Sunday from NOON – 8pm for your convenience bringing in trailers and moving out campers throughout the day.
VEHICLE PARKING: Livestock Vehicle passes are no longer needed for parking in the East parking lot.
  • NO PARKING VEHCLES NEXT TO BARNS to allow adequate space for livestock traffic and access to barns.
TRAILERS: (if you have a camping space – see trailer parking info included under Camping)
    • Any trailers remaining Thursday will be removed at the owner’s expense. Trailers may begin parking in the lot on Sunday.
    • If trailers are not taken home, there is parking space designated in the field to the southeast of the grandstand fence for your use (signage will direct you).Trailers do not need to be registered at the fair office and will have no specific parking spaces.
    • Trailers can be accessed at any time by using the grandstand pit access road.Passes required for re-entry into the fair.Parking is for your convenience and is not located within the fenced in property of the fairgrounds – you are liable for your trailer/contents.
  • It is important that your trailer drivers understand the traffic flow to avoid congestion:
    • During load in/out on Wednesday/Sunday, use the Market Street gate for trailer traffic.Keep to the right and circle in a counter-clockwise rotation, exiting the Market Street gate when unloaded/loaded.See map on the website or the fair office for reference.
    • 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.
  • Camping on the grounds is limited to livestock exhibitors and fair board members.All campers must be pre-registered in the fair office. Camping space is limited to the first 52 campers registered (and fills FAST that morning).Registration opens in the fair office on MONDAY, August 1st at 8:00am. Only 1 camp-site reservation per person at registration & NO GROUP RESERVATIONS. If you call the office or leave a phone message to reserve your space, the people in line at the office will be helped first. A camping fee of $80.00/camper and signed agreement is needed to reserve a space. Only one camping unit allowed per campsite. No water or electrical hookups.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.
    • Camping spaces will be marked and ready for camper arrival after 5:00 PM Tuesday.DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE PARKED IN THE CORRECT SPACE BEFORE PLACING CAMPER or you will need to eventually move.
    • If have a camping space, a livestock trailer may be parked on site. Trailers must fit within your 25’ wide space with your camper.
    • Vehicle Parking:The fair is not liable for ensuring that vehicles refrain from parking in front of your camper spaces.Spaces are only marked out to specify the width of the space, not length.
    • 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.Please be respectful to your neighboring campers.

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 2: Draft Horses
  • 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: Gary Asche
Department 6: Goats
  • Superintendent: Gary Asche
Department 7: Beef
  • Superintendent: Lana Lange
  • Assistant: Samantha Tersteeg
Department 8: Poultry
  • Superintendent: Paul Merkins
  • Assistant: Jerry Schimelpfenig
Department 9: Pigeons
  • Superintendent: Paul Merkins
Department 10: Rabbits
  • Superintendent: Paul Merkins

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