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Rockstars in the Ring Returns to the 2023 Dane County Fair


MADISON, WIS. – Dane County Fair is excited to announce the 2nd annual Rockstars in the Ring, a livestock show for youth with an intellectual disability. Participants will have the opportunity to show a pig, rabbit, or sheep and will be paired up with Dane County Fair youth exhibitor mentors to enhance their experience.

The show will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the New Holland Pavilion 2 – Showring B at the 2023 Dane County Fair. A day of activities is planned for the participants starting with a mentor and show animal meet and greet at 10:00 a.m., followed by a break to enjoy the popular, annual Dress-A-Critter competition. If time allows, participants will be able to visit other fair attractions before having lunch with their mentor, and then off to the Rockstars in the Ring show.

Participants must 8-19 years of age with an intellectual disability and must pre-register by June 15, 2023 by filling out the Rockstars in the Ring Participation online form found at The show is limited to the first 10 participants. Rockstars will receive free admittance to the Fair, lunch, a Rockstars in the Ring T-shirt, and admission for one guest to accompany the participant. There is no cost to participate. Visit the Rockstars in the Ring page at for more details.

Our mission is to provide an inclusive opportunity for all youth to work together and share the experience of working and showing livestock in a competitive and friendly environment!

In the heart of Madison, the 2023 Dane County Fair is home to free concerts, stunt shows, animals, thousands of youth projects, a carnival, and all the best fair foods. With an over 170-year history, the Dane County Fair will once again be held at the Alliant Energy Center,
July 20–23, 2023. For more information, visit or our Facebook and Instagram pages.


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