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

4-H Livestock

The 2020 4-H Livestock show runs for four days, from Thursday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 30 (except for 4-H Lamas, which show during the Open Class Llamas). 4-H Livestock departments include:

  • Beef and Dairy Cattle
  • Dairy and Meat Goats
  • Poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, doves, turkeys, pigeons)
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Lamas (show during the Open Class Llamas Show)

The 4-H program offers programming throughout the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, serving more than 5,500 exhibitors and showcasing building exhibits, demonstrations, Share the Fun programs, County Arts In programs and other opportunities for youth participation.

Other 4-H contests include Herdsmanship, Showmanship, Judging Teams, Public Presentations, Non-Livestock Exhibits and County Club exhibits.

General Information and Rules For Entry

The 4-H premium book is available annually to view and print in early June. For more information, please contact your local 4-H leader, Extension agent or the state’s Center for 4-H Youth Development for further details.

State Fair 4-H Contacts:

Extension Center for Youth Development: 612-624-2116

Brad Rugg:
Amber Greeley:
Karen Nelson:

The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship and NEW! 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. 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 2019-2020. Participation in the current year’s Minnesota State Fair is a requirement. 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.

Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase

The 11th annual Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase awarded more than $43,000 to 35 deserving youth.

Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction

In 2019, the 41st annual Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction raised more than $750,000 benefiting 4-H youth in the form of premiums and scholarships.

For more information on the 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction, please visit: