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4-H at the Minnesota State Fair

August 27 to Labor Day, September 7, 2015

Showing their projects at the state fair gives Minnesota 4-H youth a chance to showcase their accomplishments and continue learning.
Read more about 4-H'ers at the fair.

What happens at the fair?

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair is not just a fun annual event. Every summer, thousands of 4-H youth participate in the state fair to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning experiences.

4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, project management, communications and public speaking. 4-H'ers then share their accomplishments and educate the public about their subject at their local county fair. Those who demonstrate the highest achievements are then selected to participate in 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair!

At both county and state fairs, 4-H'ers meet one-on-one with experts to have their projects evaluated, discuss what they've learned, and identify future learning opportunities. 4-H'ers also lead visitors on tours of the 4-H Building and barns, and conduct workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the public.

4-H at the Minnesota State Fair not only makes great memories, it helps 4-H youth grow into successful adults.

Daily highlights

Friday, September 4

* 8:30 a.m., County Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 9:00 a.m., Rube Goldberg Challenge -- 4-H Building
* 10:00 a.m. County Arts In -- 4-H Building
* 11:30 a.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 12:30 a.m., County Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 2:00 p.m., Chef for a Day Cook-Off -- 4-H Building
* 3:00 p.m., County Arts-In Performance -- 4-H Building
* 3:00 p.m., Rube Goldberg Challenge -- 4-H Building
* 5:00 p.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 6:30 p.m., Fashion Review Show -- 4-H Building
* 6:30 p.m., Share the Fun Showcase -- 4-H Building, 2nd floor
* 7:30 p.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building

See full schedule here

Saturday, September 5

* 9:00 a.m., Pefforming Arts Judging -- 4-H Building
* 11:30 a.m., Arts-in performance -- 4-H Building
* 2:00 p.m., Chef For a Day Cook-Off -- 4-H Building
* 5 p.m., Arts-In performance 4-H Building
* 6:00 p.m., Chef For a Day Cook-Off -- 4-H Building
* 8:00 p.m., Arts-In performance 4-H Building

See full schedule here

Stay connected!

mn4h state fair app

Download the 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair app to your smart phone for judging results, public schedule, all Minnesota 4-H livestock show announcements and an interactive map.


Watch 4-H shows live online!

Watch our 4-H Live Cam 12 hours a day during the fair


State fair by the numbers

Last year, 5,656 4-H'ers:
  • Exhibited 2,673 projects in the 4-H Building
  • Showed 2,862 livestock
  • 299 took part in Arts-In performances
  • Served (and ate!) more than 32,000 meals

One in five people who attend the state fair visit the 4-H Building -- that's more than 320,000 in 12 days!

Contacts

Brad Rugg (ruggx002@umn.edu) or Karen Nelson (nelso367@umn.edu) at the Center for Youth Development, 612-624-2116.


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