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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

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Minnesota State Fair: Virtual Showcase

Below you’ll find an overview of the virtual showcases we will be offering in 2020. If a showcase or class is not listed, we are unfortunately unable to host it this year. Entries that were submitted through the online registration process will not be carried over to 2021. Please join our email list for updates on 2021 State Fair competitions.

Entries for all virtual showcases will be accepted from Monday, Aug. 3, to Thursday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m. State Fair staff picks will be announced on our social media channels between Friday, Aug. 28 and Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Don’t forget to share your completed entries on social media using #mnstatefair for all fair fans to enjoy!

Cookie Decorating

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Showcase your creative side by decorating cookies featuring your favorite fair activity! One person will be chosen by State Fair staff to receive two free tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair, and additional entries will be showcased on social media. No premiums or ribbons will be awarded.

If you’re looking for the perfect cookie recipe, check out this blue ribbon winner from the Minnesota State Fair Cookie Recipe Challenge.

How to enter:

  1. Send an email to cookiedecorating2020@mnstatefair.org
  2. Include your name and city in the email
  3. Attach one picture of your decorated cookies
  4. One entry per person accepted
  5. Open to Minnesota residents only

Crop Art

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Minnesota State Fair’s beloved crop art is going virtual! Minnesota State Fair staff will select one person from each class to receive two free tickets to the 2021 Minnesota State Fair, and additional entries will be showcased on social media. No premiums or ribbons will be awarded. Crop art entries submitted in 2020 may also be submitted in 2021.

How to enter:

  1. Send an email to cropart2020@mnstatefair.org
  2. Include your name, city and what class you are entering in the email
  3. Attach one picture of your artwork
  4. One entry per person accepted

What you can enter:

  • Class 1: Advanced exhibitor (all exhibitors who have won a total of four or more first place premiums in the crop art division or won the sweepstakes award – all types of crop art accepted)
  • Class 2: Amateur exhibitor (all other exhibitors, including novice and junior – all types of crop art accepted)

K-12 Artwork and Photography

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Students from across the state are welcome to submit their artwork and photography for this year’s K-12 showcase! Minnesota State Fair staff will select their top three entries from each class and grade to feature on social media. No premiums or ribbons will be awarded, and entries submitted in 2020 will not be eligible for competition in 2021 due to grade level requirements.

Those who enter will be sent a certificate of participation via email and are encouraged to share their entry and a photo of them with their artwork and certificate on social media using #mnstatefair!

How to enter:

  1. Send an email to k12competition2020@mnstatefair.org
  2. Include the student’s name, school, grade and what class you are entering in your email
  3. Attach one picture of your artwork
  4. One entry per student accepted
  5. Open to Minnesota residents only

What you can enter:

  • Class 1: Photography (black and white or color)
  • Class 2: Drawing/Painting (using any medium including but not limited to: crayons, markers, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media)

Quilt On-A-Stick

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Create your best quilt on-a-stick with the 2020 theme, “Fishing in Minnesota: The One That Got Away.” Entries will be judged, and the top five submissions will be highlighted on social media. No premiums or ribbons will be awarded, but first through fifth place will be sent a certificate. Entries submitted in 2020 will not be eligible for competition in 2021 as a new theme will be chosen.

How to enter:

  1. Create your quilt on-a-stick entry using the theme “Fishing in Minnesota: The One That Got Away.” Maximum dimensions are 8 in. x 9 in., and you may quilt using any method, including machine quilting or hand quilting, and you may add any embellishments you desire!
  2. Send an email to quiltonastick2020@mnstatefair.org
  3. Include your name and city in the email
  4. Attach pictures of your quilt on-a-stick, including front, back and two more detail pictures. Detail pictures are required to accurately judge the workmanship of the quilt.
  5. One entry per person accepted
  6. Open to Minnesota residents only

Also…

Although we are not able to gather to celebrate in our usual Great Minnesota Get-Together style, we are pleased to announce that the Minnesota State Fair will host a fine arts exhibition in 2020. Learn more.