Showcasing the very best Minnesota has to offer in livestock, creative arts, farm products, school projects and more is a time-honored ritual here at the Minnesota State Fair. We invite you to join in our tradition of competition. There's a category for almost everything and everyone. To learn more about the fair's departments hosting competitions or to enter, click one of links on the right hand side of this page. Each department page includes detailed information regarding the department, printables and links to online registration (where applicable).
Premium books can be viewed and printed from each department's page. A premium book lists all the rules and requirements for entering a specific competition. Also found in premium books are overall categories, called classes. Within a class, find the specific lot you wish to enter. For example, Creative Activities is a department. Within that department, competitors can enter in the class "Wood Construction." Different lots in the class include birdhouse, doll house, clocks, other furniture, etc. See the premium books for the most detailed information about classes and lots, rules and requirements, premiums (or prizes) and more.
4-H: Child & Family Development; Clothing & Textiles; Computers; Consumer Education; Crafts & Fine Arts; Foods & Nutrition; Health; Performing Arts; Veterinary Science; Youth Leadership; and more (Note: Must win a trip through a county fair competition to
enter 4-H competition)
4-H Livestock (Note: Must win a trip through a county fair competition to
enter 4-H competition)
Ag-Hort-Bee: Christmas Trees; Bee & Honey; Farm Crops, including Crop Art (out of state residents eligible to apply); Flowers; Fruit & Wines; Vegetables & Potatoes; Minnesota Homebrewing (register via mnstatefair.brewcomp.com) (Note: Minnesota residents only)
Creative Activities: Baked Products & Special Culinary Contests; Canned & Preserved Foods; Collections; Garment Making; Handcrafts; Needlecraft; Work of Senior Citizens (Note: Minnesota residents only)
K-12 Competition: Individual Exhibits (artwork, photography, writing projects, crafts and more); Technology Education (photography, woodworking, computer graphics, robotics and more) (Note: Minnesota residents only)
FFA: Agriculture Technology; Livestock; Crops; Landscape Design & Construction; Safe Tractor Operators (Note: Must be an FFA member)
Fine Arts: oil/acrylic/mixed media; sculpture; watercolor/gouache/casein/tempera; drawings/pastel; prints; ceramic/glass; textiles/fibers; photography (Note: Minnesota residents only)
Horses: Arabian, Half Arabian, Morgan, Draft, Miniature, Pinto, Paint, Quarter, Saddlebred, Appaloosa, Tennesse Walking and many more
Livestock: open classes in beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goats, llamas,
poultry, rabbits and stock dogs
Talent Contests: The State Fair hosts an amateur talent contest and county fair contest.
Premium books can be viewed and printed from their respective pages (listed at right). For further information, please contact the competition department via email or
How to enter most non-livestock categories