Health care at the fair
UPDATED HEALTH INFORMATION
All youth 4-H State Fair participants must update (or have staff update) their health and emergency contact information in 4HOnline if needed, as soon as possible after accepting a State Fair trip.
Health information for adult volunteers is required for individuals who travel out of county/tribal community as a Minnesota 4-H volunteer. This information should be entered directly into the volunteer profile in 4HOnline. If accessing 4HOnline is not an option, the health information page of the Minnesota 4-H Volunteer re-enrollment form should be used.
Please only bring necessary medications to the State Fair.
- Participants may bring and keep non-prescription/over-the-counter medicines in their possession and use as needed. Standard over-the-counter medications will also be available in the nurse’s office.
- Participants who require prescription topical medications and/or prescription quick-relief medication for potentially life-threatening conditions (e.g. asthma inhaler, bee sting kit) may keep this medication in their possession and use as needed. Please ensure the health information indicates the need for this medication and the section approving self-administration of medication is checked.
- Any other prescription medications brought to the state fair must be: a) listed on the authorization for giving medications; and, b) brought in the original container with the participant’s name and dosage printed on the label. (Any other types of containers, will NOT be accepted.)
IILLNESS OR INJURY DURING THE STATE FAIR
A registered nurse is on site 24 hours a day and the dormitory staff have access to an emergency vehicle 24 hours a day.
- The nurse's office is on the third floor of the 4-H Building and is available for registered 4-H participants and chaperones ONLY. All others must be referred to the State Fair First Aid Station which is located next to the 4-H Building.
- If an accident or illness occurs, the 4-H member or chaperone should be referred to or brought to the nurse immediately. The nurse on duty will determine whether to refer the individual for further treatment. During this assessment, every attempt will be made to reach the parent/guardian or alternative emergency contact.
- Should a life-threatening emergency occur, emergency help will be sought immediately. The nurse will contact the hospital directly.
- It is important that any illnesses or injury that occurs during a 4-H experience at the State Fair be documented by the 4-H nurse on duty. This will serve as evidence later if 4-H accident insurance is needed. The participant is responsible for notifying the nurse of the illness or injury.
4-H members and Minnesota 4-H Volunteers attending the State Fair are covered by supplementary accident insurance during their 4-H experience. This insurance does not cover expenses related to illness or pre-existing conditions.