When you book a date at our facilities, a contract is issued to you with a non-refundable deposit of 50% of your rental fees. The contract is due back to the Fair Office with the deposit within two weeks of the booking date. If your contract and deposit are received by the due date, your reservation will become confirmed. Your final rental balance and any and all additional charges are due at the conclusion of your event. We accept Visa, MasterCard, cash, or checks. A $30 service fee, in addition to the original check amount, will be charged on any returned checks.

Looking for more information?

Would you like more information about how we can help you with your event needs? Call us at the Fair Office (563-588-1406) or submit our Event Contact Form:



In the event of a cancellation, the deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel your event within sixty (60) days of the scheduled event date, you will be billed for the remaining balance of your rental fee.

Damage Waiver

The Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center holds renters fully responsible for damage, vandalism, or theft of property that may occur during your event. The Fair Office will notify you in writing if we encounter problems during your event.


The Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center holds $1,000,000 worth of General Liability coverage for any incident that is due to the negligence of the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center. In addition, our insurance company requires all renters to submit a Certificate of General Liability Insurance listing the Dubuque County Fair Association, Inc. as additionally insured. You should contact your agent and have them call the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center for additional information. Alternatively, you may also purchase insurance through this website. The certificate must be received in the Fair Office no later than 1 month prior to your event date or your event may be canceled or postponed at the discretion of the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

Facility Restrictions

When planning your set-up, you must coordinate the time and items to be used with the Fair Office. The Fair Office has several layout options available; any changes to the chosen layout must be given to the Fair Office at least 48 hours prior to your event. The Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Event Center will not guarantee set-up times prior to 72 hours before your event. Please contact the Fair Office to check on available set-up times for decorating. It is the renter’s responsibility to inform their DJ, cake caterer, and any other items being delivered of what time they may arrive and set-up.