We are proud to celebrate the 151st year of the fair in 2018!
The very first Brown County Fair in New Ulm, MN took place in 1867 on the grounds of historic Turner Hall. The Brown County Fair is managed by the Brown County Agricultural Society still to this day.
In its early years the fair was always held in September, only lasting a weekend. Influenced by crop production any given year; the fair often was announce only ten days before its opening.
After the Ag. Society merged with the New Ulm Breeders Association, who had a created a horse racing track on the north end of town in the height of the harness horse racing era, the fair was moved to its current site in 1896.
Currently, the oldest building original to our grounds is the Exhibition Hall now known as the FFA Building which was built in 1909. Our grounds include a original Brown County school house & cabin, however, these were relocated to our site.
In 2017 in celebration of 150 years of the fair our board commissioned Daniel Hoisington to write a book of our history. Meet Us at the Fair became available in print in July 2017, its full of fun local stories and great photos. Copies are still available by contacting any board member for only $19.95. The Brown County Historical Society Museum also has copies on hand.