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4-H livestock encampment transportation

NEW in 2017 - Sunday load-out

4-H Livestock Encampment

Wednesday arrival

All counties are REQUIRED to arrive on Wednesday with livestock. ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE IN PLACE BY 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY. PLEASE NOTE: NO ANIMALS WILL BE PERMITTED ON FAIR GROUNDS PRIOR TO 5 A.M. Wednesday. This includes the barns, in the tie outs or kept in trailers parked on the grounds. Violators will not be allowed to exhibit and will be sent home.

Because the gates open at 5 a.m. and the State Fair is not yet open, this process normally runs quite smoothly.  Remember, trucks and trailers are no longer allowed to park on Como Avenue.  Instead, those arriving early will park in Lot 55 across from the Beef Annex.  Once in Lot 55, you will be directed by the Mounted Patrol or State Fair Police to the correct line.  This will be determined by the barn in which you will drop off animals.    

See the State Fair link for livestock arrival and departure procedures.  Blend these procedures in with the 4-H specific details provided here.
The State Fair link – state fair webpage is being updated soon.

Overnight Parking and Camping for 4-H Livestock Exhibitors

Review details for the State Fair overnight parking/camping process at the State Fair website.  Here you will find details for the procedure to obtain camper space as well as rules and information for those who are successful in receiving overnight space. Details on 4-H personal vehicle parking can be found on the 4-H transportation site

NEW in 2017 - Sunday Livestock load-out

4-H Livestock will be released by rings.  These rings are determined by distance from the State Fair grounds.  Also, county assignments are based on the desire to have 9 semis included in each ring.  County ring assignments can be found here.

4-H staff in each county designate a LEAD VOLUNTEER for the Livestock Encampment. Among other responsibilities, this Lead Volunteer (for Livestock Encampment) will assist staff with developing a livestock transportation plan for departure on Sunday.  The Lead Volunteer will pick up parking credentials for vehicles hauling livestock home.  

NOTE:  Credentials are NOT needed for vehicles hauling only tack and supplies.  Credentials are also NOT needed for poultry and rabbit exhibitors who plan to take their crated animals to vehicles.  No other animals are allowed to enter the lot or cross Como Avenue when haltered.  This includes goats and sheep.   

The transportation plan must include an accurate list of only those vehicles that will be hauling livestock home.  See note above for exceptions.  The Transportation Plan should look something like this:

County 4-H Livestock Transportation Plan
Vehicle #1

Paul Jones, driver

Hauling beef and dairy

Primary barn, dairy

Vehicle #2

Ed Johnson, driver

Hauling swine and poultry

Primary barn, swine

Vehicle #3

John Hanson, driver

Hauling poultry and rabbits

Primary barn, poultry

Vehicle #4

Bill Smith, driver

Hauling goats and sheep

Primary barn, swine

The Lead Volunteer will present this Transportation Plan to State Fair Staff located in the Horse Show Office located in the northwest outside corner of Warner Coliseum.  Credentials may be picked up on Wednesday or Thursday (5 a.m. - 9 p.m.) or Sunday morning (8 a.m. - 10 a.m.).  The Lead Volunteer will be responsible for dispensing credentials to drivers.  They will need to develop a plan that includes driver cell phones and locations and perhaps using responsible 4-Hers to deliver credentials to drivers arriving in Lot 55 on Sunday morning.

4-H Livestock Encampment housing

4-H'ers staying in Territorial Hall

A portion of livestock delegations will be housed in Territorial Hall on the Minneapolis campus. We will be providing extensive busing services from Territorial Hall directly to the State Fair Como Loop Gate. The Como Loop Gate is located just southeast of the barns. 4-Hers departing Territorial Hall MUST remove all possessions from their rooms (a storage room will be provided) by 8 a.m. Sunday.

4-H'ers staying in Bailey Hall

4-H livestock exhibitors staying in Bailey Hall should enter the fairgrounds through the Buford Ave. Gate beginning at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. 4-H'ers departing Bailey Hall MUST remove all possessions from their rooms (a storage room will be provided) by 8 a.m. Sunday.

4-H'ers staying in the cattle and swine barns

On Sunday, 4-H'ers departing the cattle and swine barn dormitories must remove all possessions before noon (NO storage is provided). 4-H'ers can arrange to meet their county delegations at the Bus Lot or at the Loop Gate.

4-H shuttle bus for livestock exhibitors

The 4-H Livestock Encampment shuttle bus will run continually from Wednesday noon to the release of livestock at 3 p.m. The drop off/pickup points will be at the 4-H building, the Como Loop Gate (southeast of the Coliseum) and Bailey Hall.

TERRITORIAL HALL ON THE MINNEAPOLIS CAMPUS

This bus will run continuously from 5am - 10:45pm. Pick-up and drop-off points will be on Oak St in front of Territorial Hall and the Como loop by the Coliseum. The bus will depart about every 30 minutes but traffic will determine exact times

BAILEY HALL ON THE ST. PAUL CAMPUS

This bus will run continuously from 5am - 9pm and continuously from 8pm - 11pm. Pick-up and drop-off points will be on Buford Ave at the bottom of the hill in front of Bailey Hall and the Como loop. The bus will depart about every 30 minutes but traffic will determine exact times.

4-H BUILDING ON THE FAIR GROUNDS

This bus will run continuously from 5am - 9pm and continuously from 8pm - 11pm. Pick-up and drop-off points will be on the north edge of the 4-H Building and the Como loop. The bus will depart about every 30 minutes but traffic will determine exact times.

4-H BUILDING, BARNS, BAILEY HALL

This bus will run continuously from 9am - 8pm. Pick-up and drop-off points will be on the north edge of the 4-H Building, the Como loop and Buford Ave at the bottom of the hill in front of Bailey Hall. This bus will depart about every 45 minutes but traffic will determine exact time.

Note: The bus schedule will be altered Saturday night for the dance to make sure that 4-Hers arrive at their housing sites prior to curfew.


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