Ellis County Fair

Affordable Fun at the Ellis County Fair!

Affordable Fun at the Ellis County Fair, July 11-18, 2020! As you are all aware, this year has been one for the history books!

As of right now on May 22 as I type this letter, we are planning for an in-person fair pending the Governor lifting restrictions on fairs during phaseout. Please understand that you as fair goers have personal responsibility to follow health department guidelines at fair time if any are in place. We too will be sure to follow all health department recommendations to make it a safe place for you as much as possible. Keep in mind if restrictions on fairs are put in place, we will make adjustments to the fair in order to follow all guidelines.

We hope you continue to work on projects to enter for the fair. Exhibition of projects is the foundation of the fair, both 4-H and open class. The 4-Her’s and open class exhibitors work hard on their projects throughout the year, and if you’ve never had a chance to view all they have done, we invite you to visit their exhibits. There are always such neat and creative projects entered each year.

We had to change our main event line-up a little this year. We plan on two nights of races and two nights of rodeo. There will be no pre-sale of tickets. You will pay $5 per person ages 6 and older for each event you wish to attend. We feel this is the best option in case any events have to get canceled last minute due to restrictions.

We do have a line-up of free midway concerts each night and have plenty of seating available in the food court area and in front of the stage. If you need to leave the house for a little while, consider coming out and enjoy some music.

The Ellis County fair wouldn’t be possible without the exhibitors and volunteers who donate their time for the fair’s success. 4-H members and families, extension agents, County Commissioners, RPM Staff, superintendents and assistants, and the Ellis County Fair Association have dedicated countless hours in preparation for this year’s fair and it’s greatly appreciated!

I hope to see you July 11-18 at the Ellis County Fair!

Jill M. Pfannenstiel



Ellis County Fair Logo

Contact Us

1344 Fairground Rd.
Hays, KS 67601

Jill Pfannenstiel

Justin Scheck

Norleen Knoll

Julie Miller

Feature Events

Races at RPM Speedway

Kick off the 2020 fair with the 12th Annual Wheatshocker Nationals featuring URSS 305 Sprint cars plus IMCA mods, stocks, sport mods, hobby stocks and the crazy cruisers! Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th-starting at 7:00 p.m.-See you there!


KPRA Rodeo

Calling all Rodeo Fans! Come watch the cowboys and cowgirls as they ride, rope, wrestle and race! Join us Tuesday, July 14, 2020 for “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night” and Wednesday, July 15, 2020 for “Patriotic Night each night starting at 7:00 p.m.  


Monster Trucks

Back again by popular demand at the Ellis County Fair! Show starts at 8:00 p.m each night on Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th with a pit party from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Get your family together and get out to the grandstands for a 2 night spectacular show!!!

Monster Trucks
Monster Truck 1
Monster Truck 2

Inflatable Carnival

A full night of fun for your kids of all ages! Only $5.00 an armband per night!
Bounce Houses, Treasure Dig, Laser Tag, Obstacle Courses, Axe Throw, Alien Invasion, Target Range, Dunk Tank and much, much more!

Inflatable Carnival
Axe Throw
Alien Invasion
Target Range
Straw Crawl

 Livestock Sale Photo


Saturday, July 18, 2020
Livestock Purchaser’s Meal 11:00 a.m.

Sale 1:00 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 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. 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 deductable 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 regards 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