What is Open Class?
Anyone who wishes to exhibit at the Brown County Free Fair may enter in the Open Class division. People of all ages, adults and youth alike, may enter in the Open Class Division. Open Class is separate from the 4-H Division.
Who participates in the Open Class Division?
People of all ages, coming from all walks of life, exhibit in the Open Class portion of the Brown County Free Fair. People with interests in gardening, art, sewing, needlework, photography, quilting, crafts, wood working, baking, preserving foods, cake decorating, and other hobbies enter the products of their labor in the Open Class Division. Exhibitors do not have to be Brown County residents, and there is no charge for entering an exhibit.
What are the different Open Class exhibits?
If you sew, quilt, raise a garden or flowers, make salsa, wine or jam, bake cookies, cakes, pies or candy, or take photographs, there’s a place for your items at the Brown County Free Fair. Likewise, if you knit, crochet, do needlepoint or other needlecrafts, draw, paint or make sculptures, there’s a place for these items, too. And if you like to do crafts such as beading, scrapbooking, or work with wood or metal then we would love to see your handiwork at the fair. Maybe you raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, hogs, or dairy, then bring them to the Fair. There are also classes for fruits, vegetables, corn, grain, or soybeans. There are many more types of items you can bring. Please reference the Premium Book on this page to view the Open Class Division list of things you can enter in the Fair. At the beginning of each division (A thru S) you will find some general rules pertaining to that particular division.
How do I participate?
Entries are accepted Monday thru Wednesday the week of the fair. See the schedule of specific dates and times for each different area at the beginning of the premium book. The premium book is found on this website or may be picked up at any Brown County bank or grocery store. All we need is your name, address and what division, class, and lot you wish to enter your exhibit. If you are unsure of how to determine this just come to the New Ulm Civic Center during entry times and volunteers are available to assist you. You may also contact any board member prior to the fair for more information. All non-livestock entries will be judged on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and the exhibits are then displayed in the Civic Center through out the duration of the fair. All exhibits are to be picked up, along with a check for your winnings, on Sunday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
The Open Class Premium Book will be posted under Forms when it is available.