The Century Farm 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 10,500 Minnesota farms have been recognized. Each year, Century Farm recipients receive an outdoor sign designating the farm as a “Century Farm” and a certificate signed by the governor of Minnesota and presidents of Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota State Fair.
The application for the 2020 Century Farm program is now available. The application may also be requested via email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about qualifications for inclusion, recognition ceremonies, signs and certificates are included in the application.
Have a farm celebrating 150 years or more of continuous ownership and operation? Applications for Sesquicentennial Farm recognition are available on the Minnesota Farm Bureau website. For additional information or questions about the Sesquicentennial Farm recognition program, contact Rachael Peterson at email@example.com.
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Two Minnesota seniors will recognized as Minnesota’s Outstanding Senior Citizens on Seniors Day, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 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 (available soon) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: Google Chrome or Safari Internet browsers work best to fill out the nomination forms.) The 2019 award winners were Judy Popp-Anderson of Freeborn County and Lowell Johnson of Crow Wing County.
The 50 Year Award is presented annually to individuals who have actively participated in the Minnesota State Fair for 50 years as an employee, exhibitor, vendor and/or volunteer. Recipients will be honored in a special award ceremony at Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Their names are also added to a permanent plaque located in the State Fair’s Administration Building. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship was established in 1994 to help further the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. Twenty scholarships of $1,000 each will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2020-21. Participation in the current year’s Minnesota State Fair is a requirement. Applications must be submitted online (when available). Please read the instructions (available this summer) before applying. (If you need a paper application, please request one at 651-288-4417.)
The Minnesota State Fair awards its most outstanding vendors with a “Best Award.”
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 more than 2 million annual fair guests. These items are available through the State Fair Foundation’s recognition program. Donors support the Foundation’s mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, fairgrounds, and educational programs. Learn more about the Minnesota State Fair Foundation and its recognition programs.
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