Canadian County Fair … just around the corner

Activities will be presented Aug. 23-26 at Expo Center

Entries are welcome for the 69th Annual Canadian County Fair, which will be presented Aug. 23-26 at the Canadian County Expo Center in El Reno. Canadian County residents of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of fair activities that kick off Aug. 17. (File photo)

The Canadian County Fair offers the opportunity for county residents to show off their talents Aug. 23-26 at the Canadian County Expo Center, 3001 Jensen Road East in El Reno.

Canadian County residents may bring their entries between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the expo center. Exhibits will be open to the public at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24.

Flowers and pies entries will be accepted from 8-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Exhibits will be on public display at the fair through Saturday, Aug. 26; exhibitors may pick up their items from 8:30-10 p.m.

Pre-entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11; visit

There is no cost to exhibit items at the Canadian County Fair.

Those interested may pick up a fair catalog at various locations around the county.

Copies of the fair book are available at

or the Canadian County OSU Extension Office, 218 N. Country Club Road.

The Canadian County Fair offers residents an opportunity to exhibit a wide variety of items, such as home canning, baked foods, pies, crafts, quilts, needlework, flowers, flower arrangements, crops, sewn items, garments, and more.  

Those of all ages – from young children to senior citizens – are encouraged to participate and display their skills.

County fair participants will compete for cash prizes and ribbons. There are some special contests available to enter as well.  

New this year, an “Ice Cream Freeze-off” will be Saturday, Aug. 26 with entries accepted from 10-11 a.m.

Ice cream must be made with cooked custard or pasteurized eggs (no raw eggs) used in the preparation. And only pasteurized milk products may be used.

The recipe must accompany the exhibit, which must be brought on ice or in an ice cream maker. 

A trophy sponsored by Ken Carpenter Auction and Realty will be given to the “Champion Ice Cream Maker.”



The ever-popular Canadian County Fair Pie Contest will be Friday, Aug. 25 as residents compete for the title of “Champion Pie Maker.”  Sponsors Clara and Harry Havener will award a “Junior Champion Pie Maker” in the youth category, with the winner receiving $50 and a trophy.

The “Senior Champion Pie Maker” will receive $100 and a trophy, sponsored in memory of Lois Lagaly, by her family.

Pie makers may compete for the $50 “Busy Baker Award,” which will be given to the youth or adult earning the most blue ribbons.

Pies must be entered between 8-11 a.m. Aug. 25.

The “Best of Wheat” Bread Baking Contest (formerly known as Wheathearts), sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, will again be a part of the local fair.

The recipe must be submitted with each entry. It should state what type of flour is used – meaning brand and classification, whether whole wheat, bread, all-purpose, hard red, or white flour.

The top two bread bakers in each of the senior and junior divisions will receive a special award and complimentary ticket to the Oklahoma State Fair – with a chance to compete in the state “Best of Bread” Contest.

Items entered in Canadian County Fair should have been made or completed after Aug. 31, 2022, and be made by the person whose name is on the exhibit.

This year, there is an opportunity to exhibit more than one item in several of the classes offered.

Exhibitors must be residents of Canadian County and may be of any age.


Shows will be happening during the week before and week of the Canadian County Fair:

  • 4-H & FFA Tractor Driving Contest on Thursday, Aug. 17.
  • Trap Shoot on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 a.m.
  • 4-H/Cloverbud Horse Show on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
  • 4-H & FFA Farmhand Olympics on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
  • Exhibition & Beginner Barrel Racing on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m.
  • Tri-K Barrel Racing on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Goat, sheep, swine, and beef livestock shows on Aug. 25-26.

The Canadian County Volunteer Leader Council will host a dunk tank in the food court from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 24, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25, and noon to 2 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Aug. 26.

All proceeds will benefit the 4-H Volunteer Leaders Council and their continued efforts to provide 4-Hers with trip and event scholarships. 

Live entertainment starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 with Smokin’ Oaks.

Demonstrations and workshops for horticulture, 4-H and family and consumer sciences will be Saturday, Aug. 26.

Spectators also are invited Aug. 26 to poultry and rabbit shows, $5 pony rides from Chester’s Party Barn & Farm, Kids Pedal Pull (registration at 5 p.m.), magic show at 5 p.m., and entertainment with Quin Peterson at 8 p.m. 

The Canadian County Fair Carnival will be open from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. Saturday.

Wristbands cost $30 each Wednesday through Friday; then $20 each for the Saturday afternoon and $30 each for Saturday night.

Food trucks will be available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

For a complete fair guide and the entire list of events and activities, visit 

Call the Canadian County OSU Extension Center at (405) 262-0155 for more information on entries and other classes to enter in the fair.