It's county fair season in Minnesota, and we're all excited about the delicious food, fun rides, seeing the animals, and enjoying the grandstand entertainment. The oldest county fair in Minnesota, located near Rochester, opens on Wednesday, July 17th.

The Dodge County Free Fair in Kasson is celebrating its 167th year this summer. It offers typical fair attractions like rides and food, along with unique competitions such as a hotdish cook-off. Check out the daily highlights and enter to win grandstand tickets below.

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Dodge County Free Fair Schedule Highlights:

Check here for a complete schedule of events and fill out the form below to enter to win free tickets.

Wednesday, July 17th: 

  • Rice Bull Riding Challenge at 7:00 pm

Thursday, July 18th: 

  • Rubber Duck Races for Kids at Noon
  • Cow Milking Contest at 6:00 pm
  • Thunderbird Open Stock Car Races at 7:00 pm

Friday, July 19th: 

  • Circus Science Spectacular at 1:45 and 4:45 pm
  • Chainsaw Carving Show at 6:00 pm
  • Dodge Mayhem Trailer Races at 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 20th: 

  • Donut Eating Contest at 11:00 am
  • Kiddie Tractor Pull at 4:00 pm
  • Power Wheels Derby at 5:30 pm
  • DC Championship Demo Derby at 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 21st: 

  • Hotdish and Pie Baking Competition at 10:00 am
  • Gopher State Tractor Pull at 11:30 am
  • Auto Cross Races at 3:00 pm

The beer garden will feature live music each day during the fair with bands starting at 8:00 pm. Fill out the form below with your contact information and you'll be entered to win passes to each night's grandstand event.

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