Ellis County Fair Saddle Up for Fun!

Message From The President

Saddle Up for Fun at the Ellis County Fair! Join us July 15-22 at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.

The Ellis County Fair Association invites you to enter your open class exhibits for judging. To find out more on the divisions and entry guidelines, check out the fairbook on ellisco.net . Ellis County 4-Her’s will be busy entering and competing in different project areas and you are invited to come see what they can do! Visit the barns and check out all the animals or stroll through the air-conditioned buildings and see the indoor exhibits.

This year our grandstand lineup will include two nights of races, two nights of rodeo, barrel racing, and a Hot Rod Tractor Pull. Purchase your all week pass for only $30 in advance. We will continue with the inflatable carnival, laser tag, virtual reality roller coaster, and games. We will have two nights of mutton busting and Little Britches Steer Riding, so be sure to join us for the rodeo! We will have a petting zoo on the midway along with free concerts and plenty of seating and food vendors to satisfy your appetite.

The Ellis County Fair wouldn’t be possible without the exhibitors and volunteers who donate their time, along with 4-H members, Extension agents, County Commissioners, superintendents, and countless others that step up and answer our call for help.

We also couldn’t do it without all our wonderful and supporting sponsors. Their sponsorship of the fair keeps the week pass at a low cost to everyone.

The Ellis County Fair Association hopes to see you July 15-22, get ready to Saddle Up for Fun!  

Jill M. Pfannenstiel


Casey's 13th & Canterbury
Casey's 27th St.
Cerv's Conoco on Vine, Hall & Main
Hays Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Casey's General Store in Ellis
Total Convenience in Victoria

Individual $30

$15 Single Night Admission



Fairboard Logo


1344 Fairground Rd.
PO Box 1470 
Hays, KS 67601

Jill Pfannenstiel

Justin Scheck

Norleen Knoll

Julie Miller

Feature Events

Races at RPM Speedway

Kick off the 2023 fair with car races plus IMCA mods, stocks, sport mods, hobby stocks and the crazy cruisers! Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th starting at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

RPM race car pic

Mutton Busting

Mutton Busting will be returning again this year! Bring your kiddos out to ride some sheep before the rodeo on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, and Wednesday, July 19, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m. each night!

Mutton Bustin pic2

Barrel Racing

Join us Thursday, July 20, 2023, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and cheer on your favorite cowgirl as the ladies compete in barrel racing!


KPRA Rodeo and Junior Buckers Miniature Bucking Bulls

Calling all Rodeo Fans! Come watch the cowboys and cowgirls as they ride, rope, wrestle and race! Join us Tuesday, July 18, 2023, for “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night” and Wednesday, July 19, 2023, for “Patriotic Night" each night starting at 7:00 p.m.  In addition, each night following the rodeo will be the 1st Annual Junior Buckers Miniature Bucking Bulls. Come cheer on our youth as they attempt an eight second ride!


Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull

New to the Ellis County Fair! Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull. Friday, July 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Come on out and check out the fast-paced, ground-shaking energy and powerful motorsport! See which truck or tractor has what it takes to pull the most weight!

Truck and Tractor pull pic

Inflatable Carnival

A full night of fun for your kids of all ages!
Bounce Houses, Treasure Dig, Laser Tag, Obstacle Courses, Axe Throw, Alien Invasion, Target Range and much, much more!

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Laser Tag
Inflatable 7
Inflatable 6
Inflatable 8
Inflatable 5
VR Roller Coaster
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 Livestock Sale Photo


Saturday, July 22, 2023
Livestock Purchaser’s Meal 5:00 p.m.

Sale 6:00 p.m.
Ellis County Fairgrounds

What is the livestock/grand champion auction?

The Ellis County 4-H Livestock Auction is when the animals the 4-Hers have raised and cared for are sold to the public. This is the final step in their projects where the educational aspects come to life. This is also where the grand champion and reserve champion food projects are sold. The sale will be Saturday, July 22, 2023, at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.

Why should I purchase an animal or food project? 

You will receive personal satisfaction through:

  • Helping promote 4-H youth “Learn by Doing” programs.
  • Obtaining meat for your freezer or locker, if you so desire.
  • Free advertising as a buyer in a support sign to hang in your business.
  • May be tax deductible premium contribution. Contact your income tax preparer to determine if this is a tax-deductible contribution.

What types of projects will be sold?
Animals: Market beef, market swine, market lamb, meat goats, poultry and rabbits.
Foods: The overall grand and reserve champion food projects which could be anything ranging from breads to cookies.
Payment is due the day of the sale, made payable to Ellis Co. Fair. There are two plans from which buyers may choose:

Plan 1

Buy an animal through the sale for the market price, plus the premium price, and keep the project for a butcher animal. You must make arrangements with 4-Her in regard to transportation to locker. If the animal is reserved to show, it will be delivered to you at a later date.

Plan 2

Buy the animal and pay only the premium price. The animal will remain the responsibility of the 4-H member.

Please Note: Anyone may add on additional premium to a 4-Her’s check by informing the clerk of the additional amount, with payment at the close of the sale.

What do I do after I purchase an animal for consumption?

The processing arrangements are the buyer’s responsibility. 4-H Family provides transportation to processor, FREE of charge.

Who do I contact for more information? 

Justin Scheck, Ellis Co. Fair Board Representative
Phone: 785-650-9969