The Elko County Fair

Show Off Your Skills!


Sure, you can come to the Fair as a spectator and have a GREAT time – but why not take it up a notch? Any Nevada resident can enter the Fair, whether you want to show off a jar of pickles you made yourself, or want to show off your skills of eating a pie hands-free, there’s a competition for everyone. Here’s how you can strut your stuff at the Elko County Fair!

Click below if you’re already a competitor and are looking for up-to-date information on your contests.



Elko County Fair Home Arts and 4-H


Ready to share your talent with the world? Home Arts is the way to do it! Here, you’ll be able to show off your fabulous art with the rest of the Fair. You will be able to register in person at the main Home Arts Building. You will need to pay a $7 exhibitor fee in the Home Arts building either Wednesday evening 5 – 7PM, or Thursday 8AM – 6PM, or you can register and pay online and bring your exhibits in on the days and times listed. Your exhibitor fee allows you to enter in several categories, whether you have an animal project or Home Arts project like sewing, photography, knitting, etc. Please be aware that the $7 exhibitor fee also pays for any other Home Arts exhibits you’d like to enter up to 10 entries. And your 4-H projects will have a special sticker on the exhibit tags identifying them as part of your 4-H achievements. However, you can enter non 4-H projects in Home Arts, too. The process is simple, and you’ll be happy you decided to join after seeing how much fun it is!
2021 Home Arts Premium Book – Coming Soon!


Ready to show off all your hard work with your animal this year? Online entries will open soon, but be sure to check out this years Elko County Fair Livestock Show and Sale Rules and Guidelines!



2021 Elko County Fair Livestock Show and Sale Rules and Guidelines

Market Chicken form for Livestock Show and Sale 2021

Market Goat Form for Livestock Show and Sale 2021

Market Lamb Form for Livestock Show and Sale 2021

Steer Form for Livestock Show and Sale 2021

4-H Animal Auction

Don’t miss the livestock sale in the Auction Barn, where the kids who participate in the 4H Show sell their market animals to some of Elko County’s most community-minded businesses and families. With the excitement of the auction, the young people’s pride, and the good feeling that comes from a job well done, the Auction Sale is a Fair event that is not to be missed.


Family Fun Competitions


This is where the old-time fair fun happens! There will be a classic corn hole tournament, T-Rex Race, and more! You can enter the competitions right there on the spot, so don’t be shy! Come on down and try your hand at any of the friendly competitions we have to compete in. There are new and different events happening everyday at the fair, so there’s always something for the whole family to enjoy.

Cowboy Color Chase


Join us at the Fair Saturday morning for a crazy and colorful Fair event – the Cowboy Color Chase! It’s a 5K run/walk beginning and ending at the Fairgrounds welcome arch. You’ll laugh and smile with your family or friends as you layer color after color at our special “color stations” along the route, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Thanks to our friends at Ruby Mountain Relay for organizing this event!



Fair Parade


Here’s your chance to be a part of a long-time Elko tradition – the Elko County Fair Parade, organized by the Elko Lions Club. The parade steps off at 11:00 AM and winds its way through downtown Elko. If your group or business is interested in building a float, enter a performance group, or just wave and throw candy to the kids – we’d love to have you! Click on the link below for our Fair Parade Entry Form.


Fair Parade Entry Form(PDF)

Elko County Fair


Get your product or service in front of thousands of enthusiastic Fairgoers by exhibiting at the Elko County Fair. The Fair draws largely from Elko County, with an attractive demographic that’s eagerly ready to spend money at the Fair.

Download a vendor application and manual for the Fair, containing regulations for exhibiting with us.




From Nevada’s most accomplished horsemen to Elko’s youngest buckaroos – if you and your horse can get it done then show them at the Elko County Fair! Elko County Fair’s horse show is really four horse shows in one:

  • The Stockhorse Events, open to Nevada horses and horsemen of all ages
    Team events, including team branding, and team roping.
  • The Nevada Stallion Stakes, where the progeny of the West’s top stallions compete.
  • The Elko County NRCHA Spectacular, a sanctioned event of the National Reined Cow Horse Association, with co-sanctioned classes of the Nevada Reined Cow Cutting Horse Association.
  • Sagebrush Cutters, open to all showcasing the art of the cutting horse.

Note:  Entry requirements and deadlines in these shows are specific to each show, and are outlined in detail in the Fair’s annual Stock Horse Book. You can pick one up at the Fair office.

To get additional forms and up to date information please visit the competitors page.

For information on the Team Roping, call Tommy Lee at 775.741.4523.


Think you’ve got the fastest pony in the West? Have we got the race meet for you! The Elko County Fair features six full days of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, including two of the West’s most prestigious small-track stakes races, the 70th Annual Intermountain Quarter Horse Futurity, and the 38th annual Elko County Quarter Horse Derby. In all, the Fair offers more than $200,000 in purse money for race competitors, with each purse at a minimum of $5000/race.

The Intermountain Quarter Horse Futurity offers an estimated purse of approximately $33,000, with the Derby’s purse estimated at $14,000. For information on entering the Intermountain Quarter Horse Futurity or the Elko County Quarter Horse Derby, please download the 2021 race nomination form below.



All other races, including the Elko County Thoroughbred Futurity and the Elko County Thoroughbred Derby, can be entered at the Fairgrounds’ Racing Office on the dates and times listed below and in the 2021 Racing Condition book

If you have questions, please call the Fair secretary “JJ” at 775.397.2769 cell phone or after August 2nd at 775.738.3616 to reach the office. After August 23rd, please call the Racing Secretary at 775.738.5686.


2021 Racing Condition book

The Racing Office Entry Schedule

For Friday, August 27

Tuesday, August 24,  from 7:30—10:00 am

For Saturday, August, 28,

Wednesday, August 25,  from 7:30—10:00 am


For Friday, September 3,

Tuesday, August 31,  from 7:30—10:00 am

For Saturday, September 4,

Wednesday, September 1, from 7:30 —10:00 am

For Sunday, September 5,

Thursday, September 2, from 7:30—10:00 am

For Monday, September 6,

Thursday, September 2,   from 7:30– 10:00 am

Note: Double Entry Day on Thursday for Sunday and Monday!


The Main Elko County Fair Office will be open on August 9, 2021 

Racing Office on the Grounds will open on August 23, 2021

Racing Office Telephone:

(775) 738-5686