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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

The state fair is over for 2014. See you next year!

Get judging results

The state fair is over for 2014. See you next year!

Get judging results

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 livestream 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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