Doug Ninmann, president of the Dodge County Fair Association, says last year was a tough year with no revenue. This summer, they’re ready to welcome back fair-goers Aug. 18-22.
Attendees can look forward to what was supposed to come last year. All of the Dodge County Fair’s 2020 contracts signed back on, even the big-name entertainment, such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Badger State Tractor Pullers.
The board is having a hard time finding workers — usually it hires about 20 kids to do clean-up around the park. They only received two applications. Ninmann says don’t be surprised to see fair board members cleaning up trash during the fair.
To keep the fairgrounds up last year, the board hosted a livestock expo, food tasting events and flea markets. Those events saw great turnout, Ninmann says, adding that those events kept them going financially throughout the year. He’s looking at taking advantage of the governor’s tourism grants to soften the blow of revenue loss. Ticket prices will remain the same.
See more on the 2021 Dodge County Fair: https://dodgecountyfairgrounds.com/event/2021-dodge-county-fair/
Stephanie Hoff spoke with Ninmann at the Dodge County Fair media day. At the event, Alexis Luedtke was selected as the 2021 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair.