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 Minnesota State Fair.
- 2017 - Aug. 26, 28, 30, Sept. 1, 4 - 4-H building, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
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 fair registration. Please complete before Aug. 1. Rehearsal times are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
Share the Fun rehearsal schedules updated Aug. 10., 2017 - rehearsal times were assigned on a first come first serve basis.
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 Share the Fun 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 Aug. 1, 2017
The online registration form will be posted June 2, 2017.
The exact dates for the encampments and Share the Fun Showcases are Aug. 26, 28, 30, Sept. 1, 4.
More information can be found at 4-H state fair resources.
Again in 2017: Share the Fun props transportation will be provided three times daily (morning, midday and evening). Please indicate interest on your online form.
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 this should be kept in mind when planning props for Share the Fun acts.
Rehearsal times are assigned on a first come, first serve 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.
Share the Fun rehearsal schedules will be posted August, 2017.
For groups staying in the 4-H building during their encampment, please see the regulations on age requirements and chaperones in the state fair premium/handbook.