Our History

What We're About

Iowa County Fair Society, Inc.

How we got here and where we are now

The first Iowa County Fair was first held in 1851 in Dodgeville, WI and in 1856 the fair was moved to Mineral Point where the event has been annually for the last 160 years, it has been providing agricultural, educational and entertainment events to people from every town, village, and township in the Iowa County. The Iowa County Fair draws approximately 12,000 attendees for the 5 day event. Many generations of Iowa County families, for over 150 years, have been participating in the Iowa County Fair and have made it an important part of their family traditions. This is the only activity that brings together generations, grandparents helping grand kids with their 4H projects, just as their grandparents did before them.

The vision of the Iowa County Fair is to promote agricultural and industrial education to our community. To fulfill our vision we focus on fostering our local youth 4H groups to give them a foundation they can build on for a lifetime. The 4H group participants have increased every year, with new projects and programs. The Iowa County Fair serves about 500 youth in Iowa County. The 4H participants place holders receive back approximately $10,000 in premium payments. Within 4H, the Livestock Auction is where the community can support the local youth with their projects.
4H is a large part of the Iowa County Fair, but in more recent years, it has been an opportunity for other youth groups and community service groups also.

The Iowa County Fair gives fundraising opportunities to Boy Scouts Groups, Mineral Point Lions, Dodgeville Girls Basketball, Mineral Point VFW, Family Advocates, Family Resource Center, Knights of Columbus, and Mineral Point Rescue Squad. These groups raise money by assisting in the operations of the fair, working the gate, free ice cream serving, free spaghetti supper, parking, grounds maintenance, and food and beverage concession stands. The Iowa County Fair paid out over $14,000 to these groups for services for the five day event. These groups then turn these funds around and use them in other community service functions that benefit Iowa County.

The Iowa County Fair has deep community history, youth impact and economic impact on our community. The lively hood of this organization depends greatly on the community.