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Update: Looking to 2021

As of 6.1.20


COVID 19 Impact
Scheduling Updates

For the first time in its nearly 123-year history, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair (NWSF) will not go on as planned. Essential to this year’s preparations are the directives of county, state, national and international health agencies, and the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic we find ourselves in.

Due to the limitations placed on large public gatherings in terms of logistics, size, and first and foremost, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, vendors, fair-goers, exhibitors and their families, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the 2020 NWSF previously slated for July 8-12. We are now working harder than ever to prepare for the 2021 NWSF scheduled for July 7-11 with this year’s Main Stage entertainment already locked in for the new year at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.

2021 Main Stage Lineup:

  • Wednesday, July 7th: Trace Adkins
  • Thursday, July 8th: Hairball
  • Friday, July 9th: LANCO
  • Saturday, July 10th: Grand Funk Railroad and Blue Öyster Cult
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  • Your 2020 Advance Ticket is Good for 2021

We will be hosting a virtual tribute on the NWSF website during the week of the originally scheduled 2020 NWSF, July 8-12, to shine a spotlight on all those that truly make this event “A Family Affair.” From exhibitors to sponsors, and everyone in between, our hope is to unite our community and spread some joy through the virtual fair. Everyone is invited and we welcome you to visit our Facebook page and website for further updates on the virtual fair. If you would like to contribute to this tribute by sending a picture of you and your exhibit (or just the exhibit) to this link - you can still be a part of the show!

For 2020 NWSF Ticketholders:

  • Your 2020 Advance Ticket is Good for 2021
    • If you purchased a Main Stage ticket these tickets will be good for 2021: Trace Adkins (July 7th), Hairball (July 8th), LANCO (July 9th), and Grand Funk Railroad and Blue Oyster Cult (July 10th)
    • If you purchased a General Fair Admission ticket these will be good for 2021 (If you purchased a 5-day wristband it will be good July 7-11, 2021 and if you purchased a One-Day ticket it will be valid for the day you select for 2021)

This would have been the 123rd year of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair serving the Chippewa Valley. Each year the fair offers a plethora of family-fun activities and big-name artists known across the world. From agriculture, to food, carnival rides and games, educational exhibits, vendor shows, and more, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair is truly a “Family Affair.”

Like many other industries, the Fair and Festival industry has taken a severe financial hit because of this unprecedented pandemic.To keep the Fair alive, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Association is reaching out to its community for any donations that can be made. If you are interested in donating, please follow this link. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

The NWSF Office is closed to the public. To make things easier, please use email ( as a first option for any general questions on events, questions about tickets or if you are looking for a job during the 2021 NWSF. You can also call the office at 715-723-2861 Ext 101 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please check our website and our Facebook page for continuing updates.

Together we will get through this.

Rusty Volk CFE
Northern Wisconsin State Fair Association, Inc

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Why is the 2020 Northern Wisconsin State Fair postponed?

Will there be some type of virtual or drive-thru Northern Wisconsin State Fair instead?

How can I still support the Northern Wisconsin State Fair?

Will there be a 2021 Northern Wisconsin State Fair?

What is the 2021 Main Stage Lineup?

How are other events held at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds being affected?

What events are still scheduled for 2020 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair?

What do I do with my pre-purchased Admission Tickets?

Can I use my tickets in 2021?

Can I get a refund on my admission tickets?

What do I do with my pre-purchased Main Stage ticket?

How do I get a refund for my Main Stage ticket?

What do I do with a Northern Wisconsin State Fair ticket package that I won through a promotion or charity auction?

I already paid an amount toward my Vendor License Agreement. Now what?

Can vendors get a refund?

I applied to be a new vendor for the 2020 Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Will I need to re-apply for consideration for the 2021 Northern Wisconsin State Fair?

What about the Junior Fair Livestock show & auction?

What will happen with competitive exhibit entries?

Can I get my camping fees for the 2020 Northern Wisconsin State Fair refunded?


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Want your own piece of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair!? We will have t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, posters, AND hats available for purchase. While Supplies Last. First Come, First Served.

1956 Poster $13
1948 Poster $13
Tank Tops $15
T-Shirts $15
Hats $15
Sweatshirts $25
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