We thank you, Minnesota, for making the 2013 State Fair so memorable! For twelve days of fun we welcomed more than 1,731,000 people. Please check back later for updated information on next year's Great Minnesota Get-Together. Hope to see you at the 2014 State Fair, to be held Aug. 21-Labor Day, Sept. 1!


Judging Schedule/Where & When to see the Animals

This schedule outlines where and when animals will be on the fairgrounds throughout the 12 days of the fair. The types of animals to see change throughout the 12 days of the fair, so be sure to check dates and times carefully.

Thursday, Aug. 22 – Sunday, Aug. 25: The first four days of judging at the fair include 4-H livestock (cattle, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbits) and open class pigeons, rabbits and sheep.

These first four days are also the first part of the English horse show with hunters, jumpers, Saddlebreds, Arabians, Morgans, Miniatures, Drafts (Clydesdales, Percherons, Belgians, Shires) and other breeds.

Note: All barns, except the Horse Barn and CHS Miracle of Birth Center close early on Sunday, Aug. 25 for Livestock Arrival & Departure.

Monday, Aug. 26 – Thursday, Aug. 29: The middle four days of the fair judging of open class dairy cattle, sheep, swine, Boer goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese takes place. Most of the English show horses are still here. However, after Tuesday evening's performance, they leave to make room for the Minnesota High School Rodeo. Poultry barn is closed Monday for Livestock Arival and Departure.

Stock Dog Trials are held in the Coliseum on Monday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.

The Llamas are here from Wednesday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Aug. 30; they depart at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Note: All barns, except the Horse Barn & the Poultry Barn and CHS Miracle of Birth Center, close early on Thursday for Livestock Arrival & Departure.

Friday, Aug. 30 – Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2: The last four days of the fair consist of judging of FFA livestock (cattle, sheep, swine) and open class goats, beef cattle, and some poultry. At this point, the Western Horse Show horses (Quarter horses, Paint horses and saddle clubs classes) are here, but the Minnesota High School Rodeo horses have departed.

Note: All barns close at 5 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

Horse Show Schedule

This schedule provides all of the dates and times of the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show performance and halter classes.

Click here for a downloadable Horse Show Schedule. (Link will go live when information is available.)

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


For a complete schedule of activities, visit the Brochure Rack in mid-August to download a Daily Schedule.

During the fair please pick up a Daily Schedule at any State Fair Information booth.

PLEASE NOTE: All barns close early

  • on Sunday, Aug. 25 (except the Horse Barn and CHS Miracle of Birth Center)
  • The Horse Barn is closed Wednesday, Aug. 28 until 8 p.m.
  • on Thursday, Aug. 29 (except the Horse Barn & Poultry Barn)
  • on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2