Century Farms

The Century Farms recognition program, sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau, recognizes farms that have been in continuous ownership by a family for 100 years or more. Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized. Each year, Century Farms recipients receive an outdoor sign designating the farm as a "Century Farm" and a certificate signed by the governor of Minnesota and presidents of the Farm Bureau and Minnesota State Fair. The application for the 2017 Century Farms program is now available to print. The application may also be requested via email by contacting

Outstanding Senior Citizens Award

Two Minnesota seniors were recognized as Minnesota’s Outstanding Senior Citizens on Seniors Day, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. Out of a pool of nominees from each county in the state, winners are chosen for their outstanding commitment to community service since reaching the age of 65. This event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and the Federation of County Fairs. For more information, view the nomination forms. The 2016 award winners were Gary Hawkins of Isanti County and Inez Johnson of Marshall County.

50 Year Award

The 50 Year Award is presented annually to individuals who have actively participated in the Minnesota State Fair for 50 years. Recipients were honored in a special award ceremony at Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market on Monday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Their names are also added to a permanent plaque located in the State Fair’s Administration Building. An application may be requested at

Bricks, Benches & Tables

Placing a personalized brick, bench or table on the fairgrounds is a great way to honor loved ones and share your love for the Minnesota State Fair with friends, family and 1.9 million annual fair guests. These items are benefits of joining the State Fair Foundation Friends of the Fair membership program at the Blue Ribbon ($250) level or above. Friends of the Fair support the Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, grounds, and educational programs. Learn more about the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and its recognition programs.


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