Photo of collections of eight vegetables

AG-HORT-BEE

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

  • Division of Christmas Trees ~ classes for decorated and undecorated Christmas trees and wreaths
     
  • Division of Bee & Honey ~ classes 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
     
  • Division of Farm Crops ~ classes for utility certified seed, seed ears, old and new corn, sheaves of oats and wheat, crop art and scarecrow contests
     
  • Division of Flowers ~ classes for junior, amateur, advanced amateur and open exhibitors. In addition, the Minnesota State Fair hosts flower shows sponsored by various horticultural organizations. Contact information will be included in the Ag-Hort-Bee premium book. The organizations are as follows: 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
     
  • Division of Fruits and Wines ~ classes 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
     
  • Division of Vegetables and Potatoes ~ classes for amateur exhibitors including standard vegetable and potato categories, decorated squash and pumpkins, as well as "giant" vegetable contests

Important Information

The Ag-Hort-Bee premium book is available for download beginning the first Monday in May.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Until the premium book is posted, please consider the dates and times below to be tentative.

2014 ENTRY CLOSING DATES (all divisions close at 4:30 p.m.):

  • Christmas Trees - Wednesday, Aug. 6
  • Bee & Honey - Monday, Aug. 11
  • Farm Crops - Friday, Aug. 8 (New Corn closing date is Thurs., Aug. 28)
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show - Monday, Aug. 11
  • Fruits & Wine - Monday, Aug. 11
  • Vegetable & Potatoes - Monday, Aug. 11

IMPORTANT DATES:


Delivery of Articles
Please note that if delivery falls during the fair dates, admission onto the fairgrounds is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

  • Christmas Trees: Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Bee & Honey: Sunday, Aug. 17, noon-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Foods must be entered by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
  • Farm Crops
    • Crop Art: Monday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Scarecrow Contest - Monday, Aug. 18 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Amateur and Professional Entries: Tuesday, Aug. 12 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Open Class (small grains, flax soybeans, shelled corn and forage crops): Tuesday, Aug. 12 by noon
    • Old Corn: Wednesday, Aug. 13 by noon
    • County Booth: In place by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20
    • Utility Certified: Tuesday, Aug. 12 by noon
    • New Corn: Thursday, Aug. 28 prior to 10 a.m.
  • Flowers: All exhibits, unless otherwise specified, must be in place by 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25
  • Fruit and Wine
    • Fruits, Amateur: Wednesday, Aug. 20, in place between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Wine, Amateur: Wednesday, Aug. 20, in place between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Vegetables and Potatoes
    • Potatoes: Thursday, Aug. 21, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group One: Thursday, Aug. 21, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group Two: Sunday, Aug. 24, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group Three: Wednesday, Aug. 27, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetables Group Four: Saturday, Aug. 30, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Largest Vegetable or Potato: Thursday, Aug. 21, staged by 9 a.m.
    • The Giant Pumpkin Contest: Wednesday, Aug. 20, noon-8 p.m.
    • Home Garden Collection: Sunday, Aug. 24, staged by 9 a.m. or Saturday, Aug. 30, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Braided Garlic and Onion & Pepper Ropes: Thursday, Aug. 21, staged by 9 a.m.
    • Decorative Pumpkins and Squash: Thursday, Aug. 21 or Wednesday, Aug. 27 by 9 a.m.
    • Kitchen Culinary Herb Garden: Thursday, Aug. 21 by 9 a.m.
    • Vegetable Plants in Patio Containers: Thursday, Aug. 21 by 9 a.m.

Pick Up of Articles

  • Christmas Trees: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Bee & Honey: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 3, 5-8 p.m.
  • Farm Crops: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-11 p.m.
  • Flowers: Tuesday, Aug. 26 after 9 p.m. they are removed and must be claimed by Monday, Sept. 1, 9 p.m.
  • Fruit and Wine: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.
  • Vegetables and Potatoes
    • Potatoes: Monday, Sept. 1, after 8 p.m.
    • Largest Vegetable or Potato: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.
    • The Giant Pumpkin Contest: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.
    • Decorative Pumpkins and Squash: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.
    • Kitchen Culinary Herb Garden: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.
    • Vegetable Plants in Patio Containers: Monday, Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.


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

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

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

DOWNLOADABLES:

The Ag-Hort-Bee Premium Book can be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or higher. If you do not have Acrobat Reader or have an older version, download the latest version of "Acrobat Reader" here.

Links will become active as materials are available.

If you are interested in entering in MORE THAN ONE division in Ag-Hort-Bee, you will want to download the entire book.

  • Ag-Hort-Bee Premium Book
  • Ag-Hort-Bee Entry Form

If you are interested in only entering in ONE division in Ag-Hort-Bee, for your convenience, we have split the book into divisions:

  • Christmas Trees
  • Bee & Honey
  • Farm Crops
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show
  • Fruits & Wine
  • Vegetable & Potatoes

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Registration for entries online is available for all Ag-Hort-Bee divisions except Farm Crops.

Online registration will absolutely close at 4:30 p.m. on the department entry closing dates.

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

Online Registration begins
May 5, 2014.