IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair.
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In 2014, the Open Class livestock entries totaled more than 734 Beef Cattle, 1,086 Dairy Cattle, 2,121 Poultry (including waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons and rabbits), 699 Swine, 948 Sheep, 122 Boer Goats, 733 Dairy Goats, 178 Llama and 21 Stock Dogs.

  • 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 (Open class Dairy Goats have reached penning capacity and are closed as of June 30, 2015)
  • 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 divisions beginning the Monday following Father’s Day (June 22). Online registration will absolutely close on each division’s final entry closing date at 4:30 p.m. Not 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; if you do not pay, your entries are not accepted.


REGISTRATION: Opens the Monday following Father’s Day; closes 4:30 p.m. on the dates below:

  • Beef Cattle - Monday, Aug. 3 for mail entries; online entries close Monday, Aug. 10
  • Dairy Cattle - Monday, Aug. 3 for mail entries; online entries close Monday, Aug. 10
  • Rabbits - Wednesday, Aug. 5, mail and online
  • Swine - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • Sheep - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • Boer Goats - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • Dairy Goats - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • Llamas - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • Stock Dog Trials - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online

NEW: POULTRY AVIAN INFLUENZA (HPAI) - Important information:
In response to a directive by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, issued May 15, 2015, the Minnesota State Fair is cancelling their 2015 open class and 4-H Poultry Show due to the current outbreak of HPAI H5N2. For more information, please see Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION - Important information:
Cattle exhibited in Minnesota must be identified with USDA approved ID tags. For more information, please see the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

HOLDOVER SWINE - Important information:
In order to minimize risk to swine and humans for influenza virus transmission, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recommends that no hogs will be allowed to stay on the fairgrounds, where swine are penned for competition (Swine Barn and adjacent Holdover Barn) beyond the scheduled time in which the hogs are to be shown. This will eliminate ALL holdover swine. Display animals penned in adjacent barns and not co-mingled with exhibition swine (including Miracle of Birth, 4-H champions, largest boar and display sow and litter) are exempt.

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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.

Links will become active as materials become available.

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

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


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 is Closed.


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