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Recognition Programs

Century Farm Program

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, nearly 11,000 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. See a list of 2021 Century Farms.

The application for the 2022 Century Farm program is now available (the 2021 application is closed). 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

Two Minnesota seniors will recognized as Minnesota’s Outstanding Senior Citizens on Seniors Day 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, contact outstandingsr@mnstatefair.org. Fill out an application for 2021 now! (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

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 during the fair. Their names are also added to a permanent plaque located in the State Fair’s Administration Building. Fill out an application for 2021 now! For more information, contact fiftyyearaward@mnstatefair.org.

Minnesota State Fair Beginning Exhibitor Livestock Learning Experience (BELLE) Grant

The Minnesota State Fair is committed to showcasing our state’s finest agriculture, and we recognize the importance of cultivating youth experiences in the livestock industry. We also understand that exhibiting at the Minnesota State Fair can stretch the family budget. Thanks to support from the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, we are proud to introduce the Minnesota State Fair Beginning Exhibitor Livestock Learning Experience (BELLE) Grant! This grant program will gift $500 each to 11 large-animal exhibitors and $250 each to four small-animal exhibitors who commit to participating in the Minnesota State Fair for the first time in 2021. Note: The BELLE Grant application is now closed.

The Minnesota State Fair is also seeking peer-to-peer mentors to help guide BELLE participants. Each mentor will be paired with a grant recipient who exhibits the same species as the mentor. Mentors will be asked to meet with their mentee once in person or via video conference and be available throughout the summer to answer any questions that may arise. Mentors will receive two State Fair admission tickets and a certificate of participation. Note: The BELLE Grant peer-to-peer mentor application is now closed.

Minnesota State Fair Scholarship and Christensen Family Scholarship

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. Since its inception, more than $500,000 has been awarded. Additionally, 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. 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. Apply now!

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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50 Year Awards

BELLE Grant

Century Farms

Minnesota State Fair Scholarship

Outstanding Seniors

  • 2021 Outstanding Senior Award Recipients
  • 2022 Outstanding Senior Citizens Award Information and Forms Please note: Google Chrome or Safari Internet browsers work best to fill out the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award forms.