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4-H Share the Fun State Fair Showcase

Youth from counties prepare and perform a play, dance, musical, or other act. Each county nominates TWO groups to perform at the State Fair.

State Fair Share the Fun Information Sheet (503 K PDF)

NEW IN 2017: Online Share The Fun Application/Nomination. Share the Fun Leaders complete this online form in addition to the fair registrations. 
Please complete before August 1st. Rehearsal times are assigned on a first come, first serve basis

Share the Fun rehearsal schedules ~ schedules updated August 10. 2017
- rehearsal times were assigned on a first come first served basis

Share the Fun evaluation sheet

Who can attend?

A group of 4-H youth (or an individual) who have prepared an act and have been nominated by their county to perform the act at the state fair. TWO acts are accepted per county.

What will I do?

The specifics for selecting the youth in the Share the Fun acts and selecting the acts varies by county or region. Typically the county Share the Fun groups perform at one or more functions in their county or region, such as the county fair.

Each county nominates two of their Share the Fun acts to perform at the state fair. Each act can be up to six minutes long, and with few props, as storage space and set-up time for props is very limited. Each act is assigned to a Share the Fun Showcase, which takes place during the encampment assigned to their county. Each act may choose to be involved in the Livestock Weekend Share the Fun Showcase instead of their encampment Showcase. On the day of the Showcase, each act will have 30 minutes of REQUIRED rehearsal time with a professional director.

How much does it cost?

Counties and regions must pay the activity fees, lodging, and meal costs. Counties will also be in charge of transportation to and from the fair. Contact your county program coordinator with county specific questions.


Nominations: Due by August 1, 2017

The online registration form will be posted June 2, 2017.

The exact dates for the encampments and Share the Fun Showcases are August 26, 28, 30, September 1, 4.
More information can be found at 4-H State Fair Resources.


Due to State Fair security, no one is allowed to drive to the 4-H Building during the Fair. There is no exception to this policy and should be kept in mind when planning props for Share the Fun acts.

Rehearsal times are assigned on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of the nomination forms. The final schedule for Share the Fun State Fair Performances and rehearsal times will be available in mid-August, 2017.

Share the Fun Rehearsal Schedules will be posted August 2017.

For groups staying at the 4-H Building during their encampment, please see the regulations on age requirements and chaperones in the State Fair Premium/Handbook.

For additional information on Share the Fun, please see the "Share the Fun" link on the "4-H State Fair Resources" page of the Minnesota 4-H State Fair website.


Karen Nelson 612-624-8197

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