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4-H at the Minnesota State Fair

Aug. 23 - Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018

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.

Resources for 4-H participants

General information, transportation & lodging, livestock, schedules and policies.


Judging results, scholarships, photos, and media releases for current and past state fairs.

Stay connected!


Daily highlights

The fair is over for another year - view 2017 judging results here.

The fair is over for another year - view 2017 judging results here.

State fair by the numbers

In 2017, 5,557 4-H'ers:
  • Exhibited 2,631 projects in the 4-H Building
  • Showed 3,006 animals
  • 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!

    fleet farm logo

    The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is excited to announce a 3 year partnership with Mills Fleet Farm.

    Mills Fleet Farm has been providing t-shirts for 4-H youth at the Minnesota State Fair for more than 30 years. With this new partnership, in addition to funding 4-H t-shirts at the fair, their generous support will enhance Minnesota 4-H programs and improvements at the state fair.

    Thank you Mills Fleet Farm!


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

    Read more about Minnesota 4-H. To join, contact your local county Extension office.

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