More than a Century of Family Fun

The Brown County Fair has been providing entertainment and promoting family unity since the 1880's. It began as a small county fair where livestock, vegetables, grains, and machinery were brought for display. In the 1920's, it became known as the Tri-State Fair (Minnesota and the two Dakotas) which ran a full week and was popular for its competitions among purebred animal producers. The Tri-State Fair also featured huge machinery displays, horse racing and auto racing. It was a major social and entertainment event before the days of radio and television.
Since those early days, the fair has opened up to all residents of the county and includes a large variety of exhibit choices: all breeds of livestock, poultry, field crops, garden crops, flowers, arts and crafts and several home arts divisions.
The County 4-H Clubs have become a very important part of the fair as their youth take part in a variety of programs offered by 4-H. These young people have become the backbone of the future as they display their interests, efforts and leadership skills which they have learned through this training.

Grandstand Entertainment Takes Root

In 1986, the "Booster Button" concept was introduced. This concept provides quality well-known grandstand entertainment for the week at one price. The revenue from the sale of buttons enabled the Fair Board to improve the buildings and grounds, offer free stage entertainment, more exhibits, shows and displays creating a fair that indeed has something for everyone. Grandstand revenue also allows for no gate fee so the fair is available to everyone, every day.

Grandstand History 1986-2019


Triple Threat Tour: Black Hawk, Restless Heart & Shenandoah, Dylan Scott, Jordan Davis, 3 Doors Down, Red Sun Rising, Big & Rich, Cassadee Pope


Granger Smith, Casey Donahew, Chase Rice, Chris Lane, Skillet, Pop Evil, Brothers Osborne, John King


For King and Country, Zach Williams, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay, Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry, LOCASH


MercyMe, Sidewalk Prophets, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry, Canaan Smith, Jake Owen, Avenger Joe


Newsboys, Ryan Stevenson, Martina McBride, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Gary Allan, Randy Houser


Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Chirs Young, Courtney Cole, Willie Nelson


Justin Moore, John Michael Montgomery, Brantley Gilbert, Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band, Gretchen Wilson, Katie Armiger


Travis Tritt, Hunter Hayes, Jerrod Niemann, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Evans & the Good Times Band


LeAnn Rimes, John Anderson, The Band Perry, Frankie Ballard, Josh Turner, The Bellamy Brothers


Clay Walker, Joe Diffie, Jake Owen, Love & Theft, Kenny Rogers, Joey + Rory


Luke Bryan, Heidi Newfield, Blake Shelton, Herb Dixon, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana


Kellie Pickler, Ashton Shepherd, Miranda Lambert, Mark Chesnutt, Ronnie Milsap, Hailey Steele


Taylor Swift, Craig Morgan, Triple Threat, Blackhawk, Little Texas & Restless Heart, Lonestar, Taryn Kranhold


Neal McCoy, Jo Dee Messina, Keith Anderson, Josh Gracin


Dierks Bentley, Lauren Lucas, Oak Ridge Boys, Trace Adkins, Dustin Evans and the Goodtimes


Chris Cagle, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Diamond Rio


Gary Allan, Kelly Coffey, Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo, Sawyer Brown


Lifehouse, Charlie Daniels, Phil Vassar, Carolyn Dawn Johnson


Blessid Union of Souls, EVE 6, Yankee Grey, Terri Clark, Creedence Clearwater Revisited


Chely Wright, Ty Herndon, 38 Special, Glenn Campbell


Toby Keith, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack, Mustang Sally, Montgomery Gentry, The Coats


Tracy Byrd, Bill Engvall, The Lynns, Little River Band, Kenny Chesney, BR 549


Rhett Akins, Martina McBride, Williams & Ree, Joe Diffie


Chris LeDoux, John Berry, The Trench Coats, Lonestar, Williams & Ree, JoDee Messina, Ricochet


Patty Loveless, Guess Who, Blackhawk, Neal McCoy


Little Texas, Diamond Rio, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Velvet Touch, Michelle Wright


Billy Dean, Confederate Railroad, Ronna Reeves, Mark Chestnut, Restless Heart


Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Lee Greenwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Pirates of the Mississippi


The Statler Brothers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Baillie & the Boys, Joe Diffie, Restless Heart


Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Bellamy Brothers, Highway 101


The Escape Club, Charley Pride, Sawyer Brown, Skip Ewing, Lacy J. Dalton


Three Dog Night, Tanya Tucker, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Highway 101, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers


Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Sha Na Na , Gary Puckett


Exile, Lee Greenwood, Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Grass Roots, The Monkees