See You at the Carver County Fair!
The Carver County Fair is a summer tradition you won’t want to miss. Dating back to 1868, it’s one of the most attended county fairs in Minnesota.
An Interesting History
The very first “Carver County Fair” was held in Chaska in 1868. In its second year, the fair moved to the city of Carver where it was held until 1882 when it was moved back to Chaska from 1883-1886. In 1887, Carver lobbied to become the permanent home and the fair stayed there until the late 1930s. During the early 1900s, the city of Waconia started hosting a separate county fair resulting in a nearly thirty-year battle about which fair was the best: the fair held in Carver or the fair held in Waconia. The competition continued until the late 1930s when both fairs agreed to make Waconia the official location of the Carver County Fair.
What’s at the Fair?
Today, the Carver County Fair is a 5-day event filled with exhibits, events, games, rides, food, drinks, and fun!
There are so many delicious options to choose from at the fair. From sweet treats like cotton candy, mini donuts, and fresh ice cream, to fair favorites like corn dogs, cheese curds, and, of course, plenty of food-on-a-stick. Try a refreshing lemonade, a smoothie, or a milkshake, or stop by the grandstand to sample featured local and regional beers and local wines. Whether you come early for breakfast or stay for late-night snacks, make sure you come hungry!
Things to See and Do
There’s plenty to see while you’re at the fair. There’s a full schedule of events, and the barns and buildings are filled with animals from rabbits and birds to livestock and llamas. Plus, view exhibits featuring produce, baked goods, arts, crafts, and more. The grandstand hosts a full schedule of events ending with the popular Demolition Derby on Sunday evening. Check out the Midway for rides and games galore. You’ll be entertained by competitions, performances, and live music every day.
The fair is held at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, so make your plans today and come enjoy this fun summer tradition.