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4 Ways the MN State Fair Influenced My Life by Kristen Wollin
The art building, henna tattoos, bonsai trees, Greek Gyros, Salsa dancers, African music... I credit the MN State Fair with introducing me to a multitude of new cultural experiences.
Take a 12-year old 4-Her from rural Minnesota, plop her down in 320 acres of city, give her a map and a 9pm curfew and see what happens!
The Drive to Learn and Create
Growing up, a trip to the State Fair was an honor granted to those 4-Hers who could demonstrate knowledge, skill and creativity in a certain area. Trips were coveted and there was only one way to earn a trip: hard work.
My First Job
I still can't believe that I got my "dream job" right out of college. Working at the MN State Fair allowed me to share my passion with others and I'll never forget the feeling of being a part of something so special.
4-H Favorites by State Fair Rocks!
4-H Livestock Exhibitor Dance
This dance is held in the swine barn on the first Saturday of the State Fair. We fill up both show arenas and have so much fun.
4-H Arts In
4-H members come together to produce an incredible show. There is so much talent and hard work that goes into this show and every year it is spectacular.
4-H Livestock Championship Drive
There are no words to describe this accurately, so I suggest watching for yourself. These 4-H'ers are showing their animals that has been part of their entire summer. They have put so much work and time into their projects. The moment that the judge announces the champion and the exhibitors face lights up or is moved to tears, is something to behold. There is nothing like it at the fair.
Life of a State Fair Livestock Exhibitor
These is the simple things that exhibitors take for granted, but are so special. Staying in the dorms above the barns or in the "4-H Hilton", talking to people about our projects, standing in the line for barn meals, playing cards in the barn, hanging out with our friends from all over the state, showing our animals, Initiation of first timers, watching the fireworks from the 4-H building, Barn Yard Roll Call, and many other incredible moments that don't happen anywhere else.
4-H Fun! by Leah
State 4-H Arts In Show
Put on by some of the most talented teens in the state, this is a free half-hour song and dance show that is performed 3 to 4 times daily in the 4-H Building. It's a hidden gem.
4-H Fashion Revue
4-Hers strut their stuff on the catwalk showing their latest constructed or purchased garments. Earlier that day, they get modeling tips from none other than the great local legend Richard Moody.
It's amazing what these 4-Hers can do and make! Walking around the building to see their projects is inspiring. My favorites are the photography and woods exhibits.
State 4-H Ambassadors
Make sure you walk through the front door to be greeted by the State Ambassadors. These leaders promote the 4-H program, volunteer with 4-H programming throughout the fair and throughout the year, and are always willing to help you out with any question or need.
4-H Shopping Experience by State Fair Rocks!
Farm Boy/ Farm Girl
Right inside the Coliseum. Farm kids can purchase clever clothing that shows their pride in being a "Farmboy or Farmgirl"
Right ouside the 4-H building you can pick up 4-H murchandise, plus the "I survived the 4-H Hilton" t-shirts.
State Fair T-Shirts
4-H'ers can pick from a wide variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts. They can put the names of the exhibitors on the back and the color ribbon they won on the sleeve. I have got one every year since I have shown.
Fleet Farm T-Shirts
These are the best because they are free. Every 4-H'er that exhibits at the State Fair gets a Fleet Farm t-shirt. They are a visual proof that a 4-H'er has gone to the state fair and had an amazing time. I have about 12.