IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.
Please check back in the spring for information on the 2015 Great Minnesota Get-Together.


The 2014 4-H Livestock show runs for four days, from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24 (except for 4-H Lamas, which show during the Open Class Llamas).

Departments include:

  • Beef and Dairy Cattle
  • Dairy and Market Goats
  • Poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons)
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Lamas (show during the Open Class Llamas Show)

Other 4-H contests include Herdsmanship, Showmanship, Judging Teams, Public Presentations, Non-Livestock Exhibits and County Club exhibits.

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship (formerly the Ben C. Hallberg Rural Youth Scholarship) was established in 1994 to help further the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. Up to 20 scholarships of $1,000 each will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2014, with participation in the current year's Minnesota State Fair.

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION - Important information:
Cattle exhibited in Minnesota must be identified with USDA approved ID tags. For more information, please see the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

HOLDOVER SWINE - Important information:
In order to minimize risk to swine and humans for influenza virus transmission, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recommends that no hogs will be allowed to stay on the fairgrounds, where swine are penned for competition (Swine Barn and adjacent Holdover Barn) beyond the scheduled time in which the hogs are to be shown. This will eliminate ALL holdover swine. Display animals penned in adjacent barns and not co-mingled with exhibition swine (including Miracle of Birth, 4-H champions, largest boar and display sow and litter) are exempt.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY: The 4-H premium book is available annually for download in early June. For more information, please contact your local 4-H leader, Extension agent or the state's Center for 4-H Youth Development for further details:

For more information on the 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction, please visit:

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417.


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