2024 Mighty Howard County Fair: June 26-30Get Your Tickets Now!

Mighty Howard County Fair


Livestock & Static Exhibits

4-H & FFA Exhibitor Guide

Each year, one of the most anticipated and important parts of the fair is the 4-H & FFA Exhibition. Download the guide below for all rules, regulations, and show times for all 4H & FFA exhibitors.

2023 Fair swine show

Open Class Contests

Open Class Exhibitor Guide

Download the guide below for all rules, regulations, and show times for all open exhibitors.

Full Week Schedule

Livestock Entry & Show Schedule

The fair holds livestock shows all week during the fair. Stay up-to-date on all the important entry deadlines and show times with our guide below.

2023 Fair Princess Olivia Johnson (left)

2023 Fair Queen Ava Ferrie (right)

2024 Fair Queen

Fair Queen Contest

Interested in entering the “Mighty” Howard County Fair Queen Contest? Below are the county fair queen contest regulations and an entry form. Registration fee for the contest is $50. You are asked to secure a sponsor who in return for paying your entry fee will receive special recognition by way of press releases and advertising done promoting the contest.

Scheidel Plaza: Tue. June 25 — 6:30pm

Talent Show

The fair is excited to once again host our annual talent show! We accept entries in two age groups: 16 & Under, and 17+. Acts can include singing, dancing, magic, animal calling, and much more! For a full list of rules, regulations, and the talent show entry form, download the document below.

2022 Fair Mullet Contest crowd
2023 Fair Fair Mullet 3 young boy

Open Competition, Free For All

2024 Fairgoer Contests

The following pages detail the 2024 Fairgoer Contests open to persons of all ages, unless noted in the contest guidelines. There is no cost to enter each contest. Enter as many contests as you wish. All contests, except for the Baby Contest, are held in the Featherlite Center on the Fairgrounds. The Featherlite Center also houses the Fair’s open class exhibits, such as Arts & Crafts & Flower Departments.

Wednesday, June 26

Wednesday Contests

Food Contests

Homemade Salsa Contest
by MiEnergy Cooperative
Strawberry Dessert Contest
by MiEnergy Cooperative
Favorite Casserole Contest
Howard County Mutual Insurance

Creative Contests

‘My World’ Photo Contest
Cresco Times Plain Dealer

Create A Gnome Contest
Cresco Building Service & Harvey’s Auto, Cresco

Light Bulb Decorating Contest
by MiEnergy Cooperative
Rock Creations Contest
Walton Tree Service

Repurposed/Recycled Project Contest
Mudslinger’s Construction, Cresco

Bucket O Junk Contest
Quam’s Auto Service & Salvage
Guess the Items Contest
Erickson Prochaska Real Estate
LEGO Contest
A & J Construction

Thursday, June 27

Thursday Contests

Food Contests

Taste of Bacon Contest
Lynch Livestock, Cresco
Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest
by Cresco Motor Company
Taste of Honey Contest
by Golden Ridge Honey

Drink Contests

Home-Made Wine Contest
by Holstrom’s Gift & Jewelry, Cresco

Friday, June 28

Friday Contests

Food Contests

Favorite Appetizer Contest
by Reinhart Machine & Repair, Cresco
Blueberry Dessert Contest
by Dr. Paul & Jayne Jensen
Best Kolache Contest
by Jeff Boeke & Sons
Favorite Homemade Bars Contest
by Joe & Rochelle Braun

Miscellaneous Contests

Talent Show
by Mighty Howard County Fair

Saturday, June 29

Saturday Contests

Misc. Contests

Baby Contest