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AG-HORT-BEE

The Minnesota State Fair offers many opportunities for Minnesotans to showcase their agricultural, horticultural, and bee culture activities in competition. The information below is designed to give a simplified overview of the competitions in the Ag-Hort Building.

  • Christmas Trees ~ competitions for decorated and undecorated Christmas trees and wreaths.
  • Bee & Honey Culture ~ competitions for junior exhibitors; experienced and novice producers of honey, observation hives or beeswax; baking or cooking with honey; beeswax carvings or castings, artwork and crafts with bee or honey motif.
  • Farm Crops ~ competitions for utility certified seed, seed ears, old and new corn, sheaves of oats and wheat.
  • Crop Art and Scarecrow ~ competitions are a part of Farm Crops, but may be registered online.
  • Flowers ~ competitions for junior, amateur, advanced amateur and open exhibitors. The Minnesota State Fair hosts flower shows sponsored by Minnesota State Horticultural Society; African Violet Society; Minnesota Gladiolus Society; Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota, Inc.; Orchid Society of Minnesota; Minnesota Bonsai Society; Minnesota Dahlia Society and Minnesota State Florist Association.
  • Fruit & Wine ~ competitions for amateur fruit growers including, but not limited to, apples, plums, grapes, pears, and peaches; and amateur wine producers including red, white, and rose grape table wines, apple, cherry or other berry wine.
  • Vegetable & Potato ~ competitions for amateur exhibitors including standard vegetable and potato categories, decorated squash and pumpkins, as well as "giant" vegetable contests.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

The Ag-Hort-Bee premium book is available annually online the first Monday in May.

REGISTRATION: By entering online, entry forms and tags will be filled out electronically. Online registration is available for all divisions, except Farm Crops.

IMPORTANT DATES:


REGISTRATION: Opens the first Monday in May; closes 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Christmas Trees - Wednesday, Aug. 12
  • Bee & Honey - Monday, Aug. 17
  • Farm Crops - Friday, Aug. 14 (New Corn closing date is Thurs., Sept. 3)
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show - Monday, Aug. 17
  • Fruit & Wine - Monday, Aug. 17
  • Vegetable & Potato - Monday, Aug. 17

DELIVERY OF EXHIBITS (admission to the fair is the responsibility of the exhibitor if date(s) fall during the run of the Minnesota State Fair):

  • Christmas Tree
    • Sunday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Bee & Honey
    • Sunday, Aug. 23, noon-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; foods delivered by noon Tuesday, Aug. 25.
  • Farm Crops
    • Crop Art and Scarecrow: Monday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Amateur and Professional: Tuesday, Aug. 18 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Open Class (small grains, flax soybeans, shelled corn and forage crops): Tuesday, Aug. 18 by noon
    • Old Corn: Wednesday, Aug. 19 by noon
    • County Exhibits: In place by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26
    • Utility Certified: Tuesday, Aug. 25 by noon
    • New Corn: Thursday, Sept. 3 prior to 10 a.m.
  • Flowers
    • All exhibits, unless otherwise specified, must be in place by 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31
  • Fruit & Wine
    • Fruit and Wine, Amateur: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Vegetable & Potato
    • The Giant Pumpkin Contest: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 3-7 p.m.
    • Potatoes, Braided Garlic and Onion & Pepper Ropes, Largest Vegetable or Potato, Kitchen Culinary Herb Garden, Vegetable Plants in Patio Containers: Thursday, Aug. 27, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetable Group One: Thursday, Aug. 27, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetable Group Two: Sunday, Aug. 31, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetable Group Three: Wednesday, Sept. 2, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetable Group Four: Saturday, Sept. 5, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Home Garden Collection: Sunday, Aug. 31, staged by 9 a.m. or Saturday, Sept. 5, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Decorative Pumpkins and Squash: Thursday, Aug. 27 or Wednesday, Sept. 2 by 9 a.m.

RETURN OF EXHIBITS:

  • Christmas Trees: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Bee & Honey: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m.
  • Farm Crops, Crop Art and Scarecrow: Monday, Sept. 7, 8-11 p.m.
  • Flowers: Tuesday, Sept. 1 after 9 p.m. they are removed and must be claimed by Monday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m.
  • Fruit & Wine: Monday, Sept. 7, 8-10 p.m.
  • Vegetable & Potato: Monday, Sept. 7, 8-10 p.m. (only items entered in Potatoes, Largest Vegetable or Potato, The Giant Pumpkin Contest, Decorative Pumpkins and Squash, Kitchen Culinary Herb Garden, and Vegetable Plants in Patio Containers classes).

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

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Exhibitors entering in multiple divisions, please refer to the complete publication.

  • Ag-Hort-Bee Premium Book (complete publication)

Exhibitors entering in one division; please refer to the section that applies.

  • Christmas Trees
  • Bee & Honey
  • Farm Crops, Crop Art and Scarecrow
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show
  • Sponsored Flower Show Contact page
  • Fruit & Wine
  • Vegetable & Potato
  • Minnesota Homebrewing Contest Information

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Registration is available for all Ag-Hort-Bee divisions except Farm Crops. Online registration will absolutely close at 4:30 p.m. on the individual department entry closing dates.

Please READ the premium book rules before beginning online registration, as you are responsible for the important rules and conditions it contains regarding your entries.

Online Registration opens the first Monday in May.