Lincoln County Fair

2017 Lincoln County Fair Dates – July 26th – July 30th

Theme – “We’re Squealing with Delight”

Colors – Pink, Black and White

Mandatory Fair Department Superintendent Meeting

May 11, 2017 at  7 p.m.

Lincoln County Service Center, Lower Level, Rm 156

801 N. Sales Street in Merrill.

(Please ensure a representative from each fair department is present for this important meeting!)

2017 Fair Entry Process

1) The 2017 Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook will be available in limited hard quantities only.  Copies will be available at the UW-Extension Office, T.B. Scott Public Library, and each Department Superintendent and Club Leader will receive a copy.  The handbook will be available online at the fair website ( by May 1st.  The handbook will be in PDF format and can be printed off entirely or just the sections you are interested in.  It is suggested you only print what you need. Updated pages for 2017 will be available to replace the 2016 pages that have changes.

2) The entry form is a single page (not the 3 page carbonless form).  Entry forms will be available at the UW-Extension Office and online at the Lincoln County Fair website by May 1st.  You will need to make a copy of the entry form before you hand it in.  You will not get a copy back with your entry tags.  For more information on filling out the entry form, please refer to the Exhibitor Handbook, “Directions for Filling Out an Entry Form”.

3) Online entries are available!  For more information and directions on entering online, please visit our website,, after May 1st and click on the Exhibitors tab.  There is no extra cost associated with entering online and you won’t need to fill out an entry form by hand! New in 2017***there will be a fee for entries, please watch for more information on this***.

4) Entry forms (and online entries) will need to be postmarked, dropped off, or submitted by Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  There are no exceptions to this rule for 2017.  If you are planning on exhibiting, please make sure to get your entries into the Fair Office by this date.  The following are the different places to submit your forms:

  1. Online (visit our website for details and a link that will take you to the online entry site)
  2. By mail. Mail to:  Lincoln County Fair, P.O. Box 921, Merrill, WI  54452.
  3. Drop off at the UW-Extension Office between May 1st and June 15th.
  4. June 13th & 14th – Drop off at the Fair Office on the Merrill Festival Grounds.

5) Each year, as with every handbook, there are always changes to the departments, general   information, judging times, etc.  Please be sure to review these sections to keep current on what’s happening at the fair this year.

6) If you have completed your online fair entry properly, you will receive two emails—one indicating that you have an account followed by a second one that lists all of the entries you have made.  Please be sure to double check this second email and keep for your records. If you do not receive this second email, you have not completed the entry process properly and need to go back into your account to complete the entry process.  In most cases, you have not completed the final step where you agree to abide by the fair rules and hit submit.

If you have questions on the entry process or any questions on the handbook, please contact Cindi Christiansen at (715)218-7649.  The Lincoln County Fair thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to a great Fair for all!

Submitted by Cindi Christiansen, Lincoln County Fair Association

To access the Lincoln County Fair Exhibitor Handbook go to the Lincoln County Fair website, and click on the Exhibitor tab.  When you click on the tab a screen will come up giving you the ability to download a pdf of the handbook.    You will not be able to access the handbook from the entries button on the drop down menu of this tab.

Junior and Open Poultry Exhibitors:  Mary Ineichen shared with us a  listing of  APA Recognized Breeds and Varieties for 4-H.  She has found this listing helpful in determining what classes to enter her poultry in.

You can find a listing of Wisconsin Certified Pullorum Testers (Listed by County) on the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website.

Junior Division Department J25 – Foods and Nutrition

Some of the entries in this department require that you use the recipe from the 4-H literature.  In this case, the page number in parentheses indicates where the recipes can be found in the 4-H literature.   You can also find the recipes below.

Class E and F – Foods and Nutrition 1 – Six Easy Bites

Lot 2 – Granola Bars

Lot 4 – Chocolate Brownies

Lot 5 – Mystery Muffins

Lot 7 – Colossal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Lot 13- Microwave – Stuffed Potatoes

Class G and H – Foods and Nutrition 2 – Tasty Tidbits

Lot 6 – Baking Powder Biscuits

Lot 7 – Twisty Pretzels

Lot 12 – Marinated Vegetable Salad

Lot 13 – Easy Cheesy Lasagna

Class I and J – Foods  and Nutrition 3 –  You’re The Chef

Lot 9 – Breadsticks

Lot 15 – Make Your Own Casserole

Lot 16 – Stir-fry Vegetables

Class K and L – Foods and Nutrition 4 – Foodworks

Lot 11 – Apple Pie

Livestock Premise Identification Information for County Fair

All animals (except rabbits, cats, dogs or other common household pets) must have an Animal Premise ID in order to exhibit at the Lincoln County Fair.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.  Exhibitors should be sure their Premise ID is for the current year (2016) and include this number on their entry form.  A copy of the premise id will be collected at the Fair when you bring your animals.

Livestock premises registration is the first step you can take to protect your investment in Wisconsin’s livestock industry.  A database of locations where livestock are produced, raised, and kept, will aid animal health officials.  A system with proper trace back and trace forward capabilities provides timely response to minimize the economic impact in the event of an animal disease outbreak.

The Wisconsin Livestock Premises Registration Act requires anyone who keeps, houses, or co-mingles livestock to register their premises.  Premises that are not currently licensed by the DATCP are required to register.   For more information about Livestock Premise Registration and to register go to the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium website.

Dates for Future Fairs:

The Lincoln County Fair Association has announced their dates for the 2016 Lincoln County Fair – Wednesday, July 20th thru Sunday, July 24th.

Please visit the Lincoln County Fair website for more information as it becomes available.

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In the news:

4-H’ers busy preparing exhibits for the 2015 Lincoln County Fair – Merrill Courier – July 10 2015

4-H’ers Preparing Exhibits for Fair – Merrill Focus – July 10, 2015

4-H’ers busy preparing exhibit for the 2015 Lincoln County Fair – Merrill Foto News – July 8 2015

4-H’ers reminded to submit Lincoln County Fair entry forms by June 15 – County Courier – May 8 2015

Notes from UW Extension – 4-H’ers reminded to submit fair entry forms by June 15th – Foto News – May 6, 2015

The When defeat is better than winning post was written by a 4-H club co-leader from Wisconsin about her daughter’s experience in their county fair dairy show.  Thought others might enjoy this story as 4-H’ers across Lincoln County are putting the final touches on their fair exhibits and working with their animals.  It helps remind of us the purpose of exhibiting at the county fair is much more than the color of the ribbon received. Thought others might enjoy this story as 4-H’ers across Lincoln County are putting the final touches on their fair exhibits and working with their animals.  It helps remind of us the purpose of exhibiting at the county fair is much more than the color of the ribbon received.

Judges use four different types of judging at the Lincoln County Fair:

  • Danish Judging which is used in most departments in the Junior Division.  In this type of judging, all the entries in one lot number are arranged together so the judge can compare the items to a “standard” and to the other entries.  The judge must award placings according to the Danish judging system.  For example, if there are 10 entries in a lot number, the judge can give only 2 first (blue) ribbons, 3 second (red) ribbons, 2 third (white) ribbons, and 3 fourth (pink) ribbons.  The judge does not have to give the maximum number in each placing depending on the quality of the exhibits.  In this example, if the judge does not feel there are any exhibits that are worthy of a first, the judge may choose to give up to 5 second place ribbons instead.
  • Face-to-Face Judging is a second type of judging utilized in several departments in the Junior Division at the Lincoln County Fair.  This system of judging was designed to make the fair and judging experience more educational for the exhibitor.   For face-to-face judging, the exhibitor must be present at the time of judging and talk to the judge about their entries.  The judge gives the exhibitor ideas about how the exhibit could be improved.  The judge then places the exhibit and does not have to follow the placing numbers like they do in the Danish judging system.
  • A third type of judging utilized primarily in the animal departments in the Junior Division is called Conference Judging.  During this type of judging exhibitors gather at one time with their project items.  The judge briefly discusses each exhibit with the exhibitors and uses the information to place exhibits following the Danish judging system.
  • Regular judging is the fourth type of judging used at the Lincoln County Fair.  This is the type of judging used in Open Division and in some classes in Junior Division.  In this type of judging, the judge can select only one first, one second, one third and one fourth place exhibit from the items entered in that lot number.  If a judge does not feel that any of the items are worthy of the placing they do not need to award it.









Interested in becoming a Judge?  Please go to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Fair and Show Page


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