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The 2020 Minnesota State Fair is canceled. Learn more. See you Aug. 26 – Sept. 6, 2021!

Recognition Programs

Century Farm Program

Note: We are still working out the details for mailing out signs and certificates to individual farms or county representatives for 2020 Century Farm honorees.

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 the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota State Fair.

The application for the 2021 Century Farm program is now available. The application may also be requested via email by contacting centuryfarms@mnstatefair.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 rachael.peterson@fbmn.org.

Outstanding Senior Citizens Award

Program sponsored by Humana

Note: There will be no Outstanding Senior Citizen Awards this year. We look forward to honoring Minnesota’s amazing seniors in 2021.

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 or contact outstandingsr@mnstatefair.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.

50 Year Award

Note: All applications already received will be rolled into next year and celebrated in an awards ceremony at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.

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. Fill out an application now! For more information, contact fiftyyearaward@mnstatefair.org.

Minnesota State Fair Scholarship and NEW! Christensen Family Scholarship

Note: We will award the Minnesota State Fair Scholarships in 2020.  Please apply by the deadline to be considered.  Although there will not be a 2020 Minnesota State Fair, please fill out the section on anticipated state fair participation just as you normally would.

The Minnesota State Fair is invested in the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship was established in 1994 and awards 20 scholarships of $1,000 each. This year, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the nation, has made available an additional $1,000 scholarship called the Christensen Family Scholarship. These scholarships 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. The application process for either the Minnesota State Fair Scholarship or the Christensen Family Scholarship is the same and must be submitted online. Please read the instructions before applying.

Best Awards

The Minnesota State Fair awards its most outstanding vendors with a “Best Award.”

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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 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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