Five things visitors should know about the Rock County 4-H Fair
JANESVILLE—The Rock County 4-H Fair starts Tuesday.
Fair-goers can look at local farm animals, play carnival games, eat funnel cakes, collect balloons and temporary tattoos from local businesses, and go on a slew of rides. Here are five things every fair forager should know before stepping onto the grounds.
1. Price. Admission for children 7 to 12 years old is $5, teenagers and adults $8, and children 6 and younger are admitted free. Seniors 62 and older get in for $4 Friday. Season passes that grant fair access all week cost $12 for children and $24 for adults.
A single carnival ride ticket costs $1.25, or you can get 22 tickets for $25 or 55 tickets for $60. Wristbands that grant unlimited access to any ride are available for $25 Wednesday and Thursday and for $22 Sunday.
General admission used to cover all musical acts on the fair's main stage, but for the past few years some main stage shows have cost an additional fee. Four of out the six main stage acts this year require additional tickets that can be purchased for $10 to $15 at the Rock County 4-H Fair's website.
2. Parking. If you've been to the fair before, you know it can be difficult to find decent parking considering the fairgrounds sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The streets fill up quickly, as do the driveways and lawns of nearby residents who allow people to park there for cash, fair board President John Quinn said. Be prepared for a decent walk to the grounds if you have to park far away.
Across the street from the fair, First Lutheran Church, 612 N. Randall Ave., sells daily parking passes ranging from $5 to $10 on a first-come-first-served basis. It also sells weekly passes for $42 that don't guarantee parking after 5:30 p.m. and VIP passes that grant the same parking spot for the whole week for $55. Call 608-752-7434 for more information.
3. Food. “We've got a heck of a variety of food. I like to try a little of everything, but there's enough variety that I don't think I could make it,” Quinn laughed.
Attendees can expect the usual assortment of funnel cakes, elephant ears, corn dogs, cheese curds, gyros, cream puffs and more. It wouldn't hurt to bring a few extra bucks to make sure you don't miss out.
4. Faircrow contest. For the second year the fair is hosting a “faircrow” contest open to anyone creative enough to contribute. Contestants built their own family-friendly scarecrows that are displayed on the grounds, and popular vote determines the winner.
First-place prize is a $25 gift card, a one-day pass to next year's fair and a souvenir. Lesser second- and third-place prizes will be awarded when the winners are announced Sunday.
5. Free entertainment. In addition to the main stage, the fair will have two stages featuring free acts, including bands, magic, the Kenya Safari Acrobats and more.
“We have really tried to concentrate on having a greater variety of free entertainment for everybody,” Quinn said. “There's really something for everybody, and it's something we didn't put as much of an emphasis on other years, but we really tried to this year.”
Fair-goers can see SWAT and K-9 unit demonstrations by law enforcement and the UW-Madison marching band. Local kids' projects including photography, sewn and crocheted creations and woodwork will be on display. Quinn said the children are the reason the fair exists.
“It's nice to go around and see what these kids can do. They really put their heart and souls into those projects,” he said.