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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

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Competition FAQ

Find answers to all your questions about entering a competition at the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

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4-H Livestock

4-H’ers exhibit and participate in a variety of competitions and demonstrations at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Minnesota residents compete to showcase their agricultural, horticultural, and bee culture skills.

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Amateur Talent Contests

Performers compete for the right to be named Minnesota’s top talent and perform at the Grandstand.

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2019 Best Award Winners group shot taken at the International Bazaar

Best Awards

The "Best Awards" honor the most exceptional vendors at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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Creative Activities

Minnesota residents compete in the annual exhibition of the finest needlework, handcrafts, baking, and canning.

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Agricultural education students and FFA members compete in a variety of livestock and agriculture technology competitions.

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paintings hung in the Fine Arts Center

Fine Arts

Minnesota residents compete to participate in the fair’s annual art exhibit in the Fine Arts Center.

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One of the premier horse expositions in the Upper Midwest with more competitions, breeds, and demonstrations than ever before.

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K-12 Competition

K–12 students compete to participate in the Fair’s annual exhibition of art and technology in the Education Building.

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Livestock Exhibitors

Exhibitors from around Minnesota put their best hoof forward in a quest for ribbons, premiums, and bragging rights.

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Livestock Vehicle Admission & Overnight Parking

Livestock and horse exhibitors who wish to park their camping and RV units on the fairgrounds must complete an Overnight Livestock Parking Reservation request.

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Marching Bands

Minnesota high school marching bands perform and compete at the fair to be crowned the state’s best.

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Milk Run 5K Race

1,500 participants compete in this annual 5k run that begins and ends at the fairgrounds.

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Minnesota State Fair: Virtual Showcase

The State Fair is pleased to offer four virtual competition showcases in 2020!

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Looking for a schedule of competitions?

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