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4-H at the Minnesota State Fair

August 21 to September 1, 2014



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. Read more...

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

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Sunday, August 31

* 8:45 a.m., Project judging: Cats, Exploring the Environment, Electric, Flower Gardening, Food Preservation, Food Review, Needle Arts, Potato, Shooting Sports/Wildlife Management, Shop/ Wood Science, Veterinary Science, Water Wetlands, Youth Leadership -- 4-H Building

*11:30, 5:00, 7:30 p.m., Arts In Performance

* 12:15 p.m., Project Judging: Child & Family Development, Citizenship, Crop Science Corn, Dog, Fishing Sports, Food & Nutrition, Geospatial, Home Environment, Indoor Gardening, Pets, Self Determined, Fruit & Vegetable Gardening -- 4-H Building

*1:15 p.m., Rube Goldberg Machine Showcase

* 5:30 p.m., Project judging: Bicycle, Consumer Education, Creative Arts: Crafts & Fine Arts, Exploring Animals, Global Connections, Lawn & Landscape, Plant & Soil Science, Crop Science Small Grains & Legumes, Wildlife Biology -- 4-H Building

*6:30 p.m., Share the Fun—4-H Building

*6:30 p.m., Fashion Revue—4-H Building

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Monday, September 1

* 8:45 a.m., Project judging: Aerospace, Clothing: Clothes You Make & Clothes You Buy, Engineering Design, Community Pride, Health, Quilting, Robotics, Small Engines, Tractor -- 4-H Building

*11:30 a.m., Arts In Performance

4-H Building at the State Fair

4-H app at the State FairDownload the Minnesota 4-H at the State Fair app to your smart phone and get judging results, public schedule, all Minnesota 4-H livestock show announcements and an interactive map.
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State fair by the numbers:

5,752 youth exhibitors

2,844 4-H building exhibits

295 Arts-In participants

2,885 livestock shown

More than 30,000 meals served to 4-H youth and staff

There are more than 320,000 visitors to the 4-H Building, which is one in five of all people who attend the state fair!


2014 county fairs

Dates and locations of Minnesota county fairs

MN4H is on Twitter!

Join our conversation about 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair! 4-H'ers are tweeting about what they are learning and doing every day at the fair. Read our Twitter feed and be impressed! Be sure to check out our Twitter walls in the 4-H Building, and in the Cattle Barn during 4-H livestock weekend, August 21-24.

For additional information contact:

Brad Rugg ( or Karen Nelson ( at the Center for Youth Development, 1-800-444-4238 or 1-612-624-2116.

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