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It's Dakota County Fair time

Family Hastings,Minnesota 55033
Hastings Star Gazette
It's Dakota County Fair time
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

The Dakota County Fair is planned in Farmington from Aug. 8-14.

There are rides, exhibits, demolition derbies and, of course, concession stands promising all manner of fair food.

In addition, a variety of contests exists for families. There are rabbit agility demonstrations, kids wolf howling contests, a bird calling competition, lumberjack shows, pony rides, climbing walls and live music.

A complete calendar of the events at the fair is available online at

Fair hours vary a bit. The admissions gate is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

From Tuesday through Sunday, the hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for those ages 6 to 12 and $2 for seniors over the age of 60. Children under 5 are free. Parking is available for $5.

The carnival operates on a different timeframe. It will be running from noon until 11 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8; from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Carnival wristbands are available for purchase online in advance for $20. They are available at the fair for $25.

The fairgrounds are located in Farmington at 4008 220th Street West.