Colorful canning entries of jellies and jams

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
 

IMPORTANT NOTE: All entries must be registered BEFORE entry closing on Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
 

The Creative Activities Department of the Minnesota State Fair presents an annual exhibition of the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking and canning that Minnesota has to offer. Participation is limited to Minnesota residents. In 2016, more than 2,200 participants exhibited more than 8,000 items (more than 3,000 in baking and special contests alone).

  • Needlecraft - linens, quilts, rugs, crocheted and knitted items.
  • Garment Making - competitions for junior exhibitors and adults.
  • Handcrafts - woodworking, models, metalwork, weaving, free hand painting, decorative crafts, dolls & soft toys.
  • Collections - stamp collections, postcard frames, creative collections & scrapbooking.
  • Work of Senior Citizens - competitions for senior citizens in needlecraft and handcrafts.
  • Baked Products - breads, cakes and cookies.
  • Special Contests - part of Baked Products
  • Canned & Preserved Foods - competitions for amateur fruit growers including, but not limited to, apples, plums, grapes, pears, and peaches.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

The Creative Activities premium book is available annually online the first Monday in May. For the most detailed information about delivery times, return of exhibit times, premiums, requirements and more, view the premium book.

**NEW! Registration is REQUIRED!**
 

REGISTRATION: All individuals must register entries online or mail in BEFORE entry closing on Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m. If you need assistance, please contact the competition department at competition@mnstatefair.org or (651) 288-4417.

In the Canned & Preserved Foods categories, only USDA approved methods of food preservation (pressure canning or hot water bath) are accepted. You may view the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning at: http://foodsafety.cas.psu.edu/canningguide.html

IMPORTANT DATES:


ONLINE REGISTRATION: Opens Monday, May 1; closes Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required for entries in ALL categories and must be completed online or postmarked by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8.

ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IF NOT REGISTERED PRIOR TO CLOSING DATE.

DELIVERY OF EXHIBITS:
See a map of where to deliver exhibits.

  • Needlecraft, Garment Making, Work of Senior Citizens, Handcrafts, Collections
    • Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, Aug. 13 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Canned & Preserved Foods
    • Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • County Quilt or County Rug Sweepstakes Contests - **NEW DATE**
    • Thursday, Aug. 17, noon
  • Baked Goods
    • Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Special Contests
    • See individual contest rules for delivery dates; admission to the fair is the responsibility of the exhibitor if dates fall during the run of the Minnesota State Fair.

RETURN OF EXHIBITS:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1-7 p.m. (No articles returned before 1 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For further information, please contact competition@mnstatefair.org or (651) 288-4417.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Online registration closes on Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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. Read how to register before you begin.

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PRINTABLES:

The information below may be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or higher. If you do not have Acrobat Reader or have an older version,  you may download the most current Acrobat Reader.

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

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

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