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No. There are no fees associated with entering any of these competitions.
Yes. Anyone who needs to deliver an exhibit item during fair time to be judged must have an admission ticket.
Every year, you must register for a new account. Past information is not saved in the system. Once you are registered for 2020, this is the login information for the rest of the year.
Non-Minnesota residents may enter livestock, horse and crop art competitions. All other competitions are limited to Minnesota residents.
Youth Classes: Junior divisions are available in the following divisions: Bee & Honey, Crop Art & Scarecrow, Flowers, and Decorative Pumpkins.
There is not an entry form for creative activities. You may register by sending in your contact information with a list of the classes and descriptions you wish to participate in on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper.
Yes. All entries in the creative activities competition must be registered by the deadlines noted on the creative activities competition web page and premium book.
Entries must be created within the past three years.
Competitors must be 14 years of age or older to enter in creative activities.
No. However, it must be framed for phase two.
No. Gallery wrapped items can be entered only if framed (i.e. we can accept gallery wrapped items if a frame is around the edge).
No. All wires and hardware must be removed from the piece. We use a universal system to display the artwork.
No. All art must be the creation of the entrant.
Yes. All entries in the fine arts competition must be registered by the deadline noted on the fine arts competition web page and Rules & Regulations.
No. Parents of a child may enter the work. A teacher may also enter the work of students in grades K-12.
No. Entries can be created at home or in programs outside of school.
Yes. All entries in K-12 competition must be registered by the deadlines noted on the K-12 competition web page and premium book.
No. Display materials such as plates, vases, etc. will be provided, with the exception of collections and arrangements. See the Rules & Regulations for the most detailed display information.
A sample is a portion of the entire plant, crop, etc. A specimen is one item within the sample. For example: If you want to enter your tomatoes, you will want to take a sample of the tomatoes from the tomato plant. The sample that is entered will consist of six tomatoes. Each one of those six tomatoes is considered a specimen.