The Dakota County Fair is a much-anticipated annual event that happens in August. It is the largest county fair in MN and the largest fairgrounds in the state as well. There is a carnival with a ton of rides and other carnival fun. There are demolition derbies, barrel racing, and mutton busting for the kids. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the list of things to do is endless. If you like animals, you'll find plenty to love here as well. Same with food; there will be food. It's a week of fun for the whole family and friends.