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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

Saturday, August 23

* 8-11 a.m., Market and Breeding Rabbit Show -- Sheep & Poultry Barn
* 8-11 a.m., Lamb Lead Fashion Show -- Swine Barn * 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Beef Showmanship - Southwest side of Warner Coliseum
* 8:30 a.m., Chicken BBQ Contest DNR Park * 9 a.m., Dairy Show Warner Coliseum
* 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sheep Showmanship -- Swine Barn * 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rabbit Showmanship -- Sheep & Poultry Barn
* 5 p.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 6 p.m. Share the Fun Performance -- 4-H Building
* 6 p.m., State Fair 4-H Livestock Auction -- AgStar Arena
* 7:30 p.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building

Sunday, August 24

* 10:30 a.m., Dairy Showcase -- AgStar Arena
* 11:30 a.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 11:30 a.m., Goat games & Skill-A-Thon -- Swine Barn Arena
* 1:15 p.m., Poultry awards program -- Sheep & Poultry Barn
* 12 noon, Poultry Prince & Princess Scholarship Contest final round & awards Sheep Arena
* Herdsmanship awards program Swine Barn
* 5 p.m., Arts-In performance -- 4-H Building
* 5:30 p.m., Project judging in Computer, Entomology, Forest Resources, Geology, Performing Arts, Photography, Safety, Video -- 4-H Building

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!


Brad Rugg ( or Karen Nelson ( at the Center for Youth Development, 612-624-2116.

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