Yell for your favorites as they thunder for the finish line! You can’t beat the excitement of a photo finish at the Elko County Fair! Hundreds of horses and thousands of race fans turn out for six days of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, competing for big-money purses and lots of potential winnings from on-site pari-mutuel betting. Reserve your seat in the stands for one of the Fair’s favorite events. Just don’t plan on using it much – we guarantee you’ll be on your feet cheering them on!
See the Old West in action as Nevada’s best stock horses and cowboys come together to compete at the Elko County Fair. Featured at the Fair – the Nevada Stallion Stakes, where progeny of the West’s finest stallions compete to determine the quickest, smartest, most talented horses that the western U.S. produces each year. Crowd favorites like men’s and women’s team branding, along with cowboys and their horses competing for top honors in the stock horse contests, make for a colorful, exciting series of events for horsemen and non-horsemen alike.
With an added purse and up to 10 hard-riding teams in it to win it, this race series is certain to entertain! Indian Relay races consist of a single rider riding at top speed, bareback... and switching horses at least twice during the course of the race. If you've never seen it, check out this video, produced by PBS, to see how it looks.
The Third Annual Nevada Nations Indian Relay Races will be held the first weekend of the Elko County Fair, August 25-26 at the Elko County Fairgrounds.
If the action at the Indian Relays aren't enough... join us for the Elko County Fair Rodeo! On August 25th, enjoy a wild evening of bull riding, bronc busting, breakaway and steer stopping, featuring men's and women's divisions. The action starts immediately following the Indian Relay.
Make it, bake it, grow it, show it! Enjoy the best work from this area’s craftsmen, hobbyists and artists in the Exhibit Building at the Elko County Fair. This is where Fairgoers compete for big money and bragging rights, showing off the biggest pumpkins, the most beautiful quilts, the craziest flower arrangements, and more. From Indian crafts to saddle making to photography to baking – if it’s a tradition in Elko County, there’s a place for it to compete and win at the Fair.
This is the heart of the Elko County Fair, as young people in Elko County show off years’ worth of work on their animal projects. Wander down to the 4-H barn to see these kids’ hard work and friendly smiles, as they prep their animals for the show ring, and do their best to impress the judges. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet their critters! Don’t miss the livestock sale in the Auction Barn, where these kids sell their market animals to some of Elko County’s most community-minded businesses – the excitement of the auction, the young people’s pride, the good feeling that comes from a job well done… all add up to a Fair event that is not to be missed.
There are plenty of thrills for the young and young-at-heart at the Elko County Fair’s carnival. A wrist-band pass buys you unlimited turns on a minimum of 16 rides, ranging from kiddie-coasters to some of the funnest thrill rides on the carnival circuit. Test your skill against the carnies and win big prizes at the carnival’s midway game booths. Round out your evening with a big ball of cotton candy – big enough to share with the kids.
The carnival is open from 6:00 – 11:00 pm Friday, 1:00 – 11:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, and 1:00 – 7:00 pm Monday. Stop by the Fair office to pick them up for your family.
If you’re looking for food on a stick or a place to buy the silliest hat in town, then the Elko County Fair’s commercial exhibitors will be happy to talk to you! Wander around and visit with vendors from all over the western US, and sample some of the crazy eats that can only be found at the Fair.
From live music to pie-eating contests, this stage is the hottest new hangout at the Elko County Fair. Sit on the grassy lawn and watch while dance teams, cowboy poets, local musicians and kid competitors do their best to bring out the smiles. The Newmont Family Fun Stage is near the Home Arts buildings and the Fairground entrance arch. The schedule will be posted at the stage... sign up there to compete for prizes!
Enjoy three nights of music at the Elko County Fair’s Cowboy Dance, starting approximately 8PM after the end of racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Enjoy the talents of some of this area’s most popular acoustic musicians at the Newmont Family Fun Stage, near the Welcome Arch and the Home Arts buildings. This stage is one of the most tuneful, enjoyable spots on the Fairgrounds… don’t miss out on this chance to take a break from the rest of the excitement at the Fair.
Enjoy the small-town family tradition of the Elko County Fair Parade, featuring marching bands, 4-H floats, dancers, horsemens' groups, and more. The parade steps off at 11:00 AM on Friday. Hosted by the Elko Lions Club, on Commercial, Fourth and Idaho Streets in downtown Elko.
Enjoy Elko’s newest race sensation! Join runners and walkers of all ages as they complete a 5K route beginning and ending at the Fairgounds Arch. Collect up plenty of COLOR at color stations around the route – and then wear your color proudly as part of the Fair Parade. The Cowboy Color Chase starts at 8AM Friday at the Fairgrounds – this is a don’t miss event!