Home Arts and 4-H Animals

Star-flowersReady to share your talent with the world? Home Arts is the way to do it! Click here to browse the 2018 Premium List online.  You will be able to register online in advance by clicking here, or in person at the main Home Arts Building, either Wednesday Aug 29, 5-8 PM, or Thursday, August 30, 8-6 PM.



Whether you’ve entered online or in person, bring your items to the Home Arts Building during the acceptance hours outlined above. We will print out exhibit tags for you, help you get your exhibits to the right volunteers, and put your work in the right place to be judged that evening. We’ll close the doors at 6PM sharp and will start the judging process at that time. Doors will re-open at 1PM Friday, and you’ll be able to see how your work stacks up against that of other Nevada residents.

It’s that easy, and it’s lots of fun!

If you're a 4-H member, then you've been working all summer for Fair!  Your project leader will tell you what you need to know to enter, and the Cooperative Extension Office can answer questions, as well.  Their number is 738-7291.

You will need to pay a $5 exhibitor fee to enter your projects in the Fair, whether they are animal projects or  Home Arts projects, like sewing, photography, knitting, etc.  You can do that at the Home Arts Building during Home Arts acceptance hours Wednesday evening and Thursday during the day, OR you can save standing in line by paying it in advance online.  Note that that $5 exhibitor fee also pays for any other Home Arts exhibits you'd like to enter, as well - your 4-H projects will have a special sticker on the exhibit tags identifying them as part of your 4-H achievements, but you can enter non 4-H projects in Home Arts, too.

Special Events

Family Fun Competitions

This is where the old-time fair time fun happens!  Pie eating contests, best beard competitions, the diaper dash, dance competitions and more!  Come to the Family Fun Stage, right behind the Home Arts Building, and enter the competitions on the spot.  We have fun for the whole family – there’s something different every day!


Cowboy Color Chase

Come on down to the Fair Friday morning for a crazy and colorful Fair event – the Cowboy Color Chase, a 5K run and walk beginning and ending at the Fairgrounds welcome arch. You’ll laugh and laugh as you layer color on color, at special “color stations” along the route. When you’re done with the route, join your fellow “chasers” in the Elko County Fair Parade, and then spend the afternoon having fair time fun in a special “colorful” spot in the stands! Admission Friday is half price for everybody wearing their color. It must be seen to be believed! Thanks to our friends at Ruby Mountain Relay for organizing this event.

Click here to enter online – this chase is for everybody!

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 Host Lion's Club.  The parade steps off at 11:00 AM and winds its way through downtown Elko.  If your group or business wants to build a float, enter a performance group, or just wave and throw candy to the kids – we’d love to have you!

Fair Parade Entry Form 2018

Commercial Vendor Area

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 demonstrably ready to spend money at the Fair.

Click Here to download a vendor application and manual for the Fair, containing regulations for exhibiting with us.

Stock Horse Show

From Nevada’s most accomplished horsemen to Elko’s youngest buckaroos - if you and your horse can get it done then show him 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.

Entry requirements and deadlines in these shows are specific to each show, and are outlined in detail in the Fair's annual Stockhorse Book. You can pick one up at the Fair office, or download the 2018 stockhorse book coming soon.

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

  • For information on the Team Roping, call Tommy Lee at (775) 741-4523.

Horse Racing

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 69th Annual Intermountain Quarter Horse Futurity, and the 37th 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 $3000/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 a 2018 race nomination form by clicking here for the 2018 RACE NOMINATION FORM . All other races, including the Elko County Thoroughbred Futurity and the Elko County Thoroughbred Derby, can be entered at the Fairground’s Racing Office on the dates and times listed in the 2018 Race Condition Book website

If you have questions, please call the Fair secretary JJ 775-397-2769 cell or office after Aug 6th 775-738-3616. After August 21st  call the Racing Secretary at 775-738-5686.