County fairs are as much a part of Nebraska summers as family reunions, ballgames and barbecues.
With hard work on the farm and ranch that always comes with summer, county fairs offer rural neighbors and friends across the county and area a chance to gather together; compete in livestock, crops, and 4-H and FFA shows; and enjoy grandstand entertainment and rodeo, great food and a little recreation.
The county fair season kicks off in Madison with the Madison County Fair from July 5 to 10, and ends with the Richardson County Fair in Humboldt from Sept. 14 to 17.
Every corner of Nebraska has its county fair, from Humboldt in the southeast up to Harrison and the Sioux County Fair (July 20-24) in the northwest. Fairs go from the Kimball County Fair in Kimball (Aug. 2-8) in the southwest up to the Cedar County Fair (July 13-17) in Hartington in the northeast.
Recognizing that schedules will change occasionally, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of most of the county fairs, dates and locations for this summer in Nebraska: