How to Enter:
You can enter to win literally hundreds of contests at the Elko County Fair, ranging from entering your grandmother's chocolate chip cookie recipe in the Home Arts competitions, to measuring up for the "Best Beard" contest on the Newmont Family Fun Stage, to showing a working cowhorse you've spent years training to excellence or a racehorse that's ready to run. Here are the instructions and/or forms you'll need for entering and competing at the Fair. This page also includes applications for commercial vendors interested in buying booth space at the Fair.
HOME ARTS COMPETITIONS:
We will be instituting online registration for the Home Arts Department this year. Exhibitors will be able to pre-register online, or can register at the Home Arts building when they drop off their exhibits. All Nevada residents can enter the home arts competitions. Each exhibitor must pay a $5 fee PER EXHIBITOR, not per entry. There is no upper limit on the number of entries each exhibitor may enter; however, only one entry can be made in each class. Exhibits may be picked up starting at 3PM Monday, September 2nd. Visit the Home Arts page here for complete, downloadable information on classes, rules and judging standards.
4-H livestock, horse and dog classes, as well as the Fashion Review, Speech and Demonstration Contest, and the Talent Show & Skit Review are open to Elko County 4-H members in good standing. Contact your club leaders for information on entering these competitions. You can download a complete schedule, as well as rules and judging standards, by clicking here. For more information, contact the Elko County 4-H Program Coordinator at the UNR Cooperative Extension Office in Elko, 775-738-7291.
NEWMONT FAMILY FUN STAGE COMPETITIONS:
The Newmont Family Fun stage will feature a variety of competitions for all ages, including Fair staples like pie eating contests, best beard/mustache contests, stick horse races, etc. For a complete list of contests, and to enter, stop by the Newmont Family Fun Stage located near the Fairground entrance. Sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation.
ELKO COUNTY FAIR COWBOY COLOR CHASE:
The Elko County Fair Cowboy Color Chase is a 5K run/walk organized by the people behind the Ruby Mountain Relay. The race begins and ends at the Fairgrounds Friday morning and features "color stations" where participants have the opportunity to get COVERED in color. After the race, participants can take part in the Fair Parade, where even more color can be had. Those wearing their color shirts will enjoy half-priced grandstand admissions Friday after the parade.
To enter the Cowboy Color Chase, click here. You can also go to www.rubymountainrelay.com.
ELKO COUNTY FAIR PARADE: The Fair Parade steps off at 11:00 AM Friday, August 30th and runs through Downtown Elko, ending at the Fairgrounds. It has been organized for years by the Elko Lions Club. Watch this space - we'll have a downloadable entry form as soon as it's available. If you have questions, call Edith with the Elko Lions Club at Coldwell Banker/Q-Team Realty, 775-738-4078.
WORKING STOCKHORSE EVENTS:
You can download a printable copy of the Stockhorse Book, containing complete rules and judging standards for these events, by clicking here.
STOCKHORSE COMPETITIONS: The deadlines for entering stockhorse events are listed on the Stockhorse page, here. Click here to download the form you'll need to enter those events.
TEAM ROPING: Team ropers may enter the competitions by visiting the Fair Office Sunday, Sept. 1, between 11AM and 5PM. All entries must be paid for at that time.
TEAM BRANDING: All branding teams must be entered and paid for by August 23rd at 5PM. Click here to download the entry form you'll need.
TEAM RANCH DOCTORING: All ranch doctoring teams must be entered and paid for by August 31st at 5PM. Click here to download the entry form you'll need.
NEVADA STALLION STAKES:
Stallions must be nominated by July 1st of each year. Late nominations will be accepted until August 1st with a penalty. Click here for a stallion nomination form.
Rider entries must be completed and paid for by August 1st of each year. Elko County NRCHA entries must be completed and paid for by 12PM August 23rd. Later entries will be accepted with financial and competitive penalties. Click here to download the entry form.
Visit the Nevada Stallion Stakes page here for more information.
ELKO COUNTY FAIR HORSE RACING MEET:
Click here for a racing nomination form and for rules for the race meet. Call Fair Secretary JJ Roemmich at (775) 397-2769 for more information.
The deadline for reserving stalls at the Fairgrounds is July 15th. Click here for a stall reservation form.
Click here for our Commercial Exhibitor manual, and here for an application form. Vendors with questions may call vendor manager Charlotte Parker-Whitby at 775-299-1034 for more information.