IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
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In 2016, the Open Class livestock entries totaled more than 835 beef cattle; 1,097 dairy cattle; 820 rabbits; 770 swine; 1,058 sheep; 161 boer goats; 877 dairy goats; 177 llamas; and 22 stock dogs.

NEW! Click on the species name below to see a brief snapshot of this year's show, including entry fees, judge lists, show schedule and more.

  • Beef Cattle - Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental
  • Dairy Cattle - Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Red & White
  • Poultry - includes chickens, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, rabbits
  • Swine - Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted Hogs, Yorkshire, open barrows, junior barrow show
  • Sheep - Border Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Lincoln, Montadale, Rambouillet, Southdown, Suffolk, other wool/meat breeds, market lamb classes
  • Boer Goats - fullblood/purebred, percentage, open wether classes
  • Dairy Goats - Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Recorded Grade, Saanen, Toggenburg
  • Llamas - suri, light/medium, and heavy fiber halter, non-breeder halter, performance classes
  • Stock Dogs - Rookie, Novice-Ranch, Pro-Ranch divisions


The open class livestock premium book and entry forms are available annually to view and print in early June. Information is also available by mail; contact the competition department and indicate which category you are interested in.

REGISTRATION: By entering online, entry and W-9 forms will be filled out electronically. Registration and payment for entries online will be available for all departments beginning the Monday, June 19. Online registration will absolutely close on each department’s final entry closing date at 4:30 p.m. No late entries may be submitted via the online registration process. Entries may also be submitted via mail. Payment must be submitted at time of entry.


REGISTRATION: Opens the Monday, June 19; closes 4:30 p.m. on the dates below:

  • Beef Cattle - Mail entries close Monday, July 31; online entries close Monday, Aug. 7. Registration closed. Barn capacity has been reached.
  • Dairy Cattle - Mail entries close Monday, July 31; online entries close Monday, Aug. 7
  • Poultry - Wednesday, Aug. 2, mail and online
  • Rabbits - Wednesday, Aug. 2, mail and online
  • Swine - Monday, Aug. 7, mail and online
  • Sheep - Monday, Aug. 7, mail and online
  • Boer Goats - Monday, Aug. 7, mail and online
  • Dairy Goats - Monday, Aug. 7, mail and online. Registration closed. Barn capacity reached.
  • Llamas - Monday, Aug. 7, mail and online
  • Stock Dog Trials - Monday, Aug. 7, mail and online

For further information, please contact or (651) 288-4417.


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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.

Note: Pre-fair discount admission tickets will no longer be sold by the competition office as part of the online registration process. However, once you complete your online registration, you will see a link to the ticket office page. This link will also be included in your confirmation email.

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