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Aug. 24 – Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023

262 Days 14 Hours 28 Mins

Creative Activities Sponsors

Thank you to our 2022 creative activities competition sponsors!

We are excited to have these great organizations partner with us to recognize our exhibitors through special awards and contests.

3 Cricketeers

Using 3 Cricketeers 100% pure cricket powder, exhibitors will make energy balls or power bars to wow the judges in the 3 Cricketeers contest!

  • Energy ball and power bar recipe contest featuring creative recipes using 3C’s cricket powder and additional ingredients known to boost and energize (class 1092)
  • Prizes:
    • 1st place: $100
    • 2nd place: $75
    • 3rd place: $50

Blue Ribbon Group

Thanks to the Blue Ribbon Group, hit the kitchen to use fun flavors and interesting combinations to impress the judges and win prizes in various baked product classes!

  • Best Peanut Butter Cookies: The tastiest and most unique cookies and cookie bars using peanut butter and any flavor and ingredient combinations (class 1090)
  • Best Cream Pie: Make your creamiest and dreamiest pie and channel your creativity for endless options (class 1091)
  • Prizes for each contest:
    • 1st place: $100 gift card
    • 2nd place: $50 gift card
    • 3rd place: $25 gift card
  • Bonus prizes for the class winners in cookie and pie classes provided by Blue Ribbon Group

Knit & Bolt

Knit & Bolt will be awarding a $25 gift certificate to the following:

  • Best embroidered item (class 162)
  • Best mixed technique wall quilt (class 201)
  • Best nerdy knit item; judge’s choice (classes 240-270, 290-338 – combined)

Kowalski’s Markets

Join Kowalski’s Markets in proving that made from scratch is the best! Create a tasty treat to tickle your taste buds with a cake that highlights delicious chocolate or a bread that will reign supreme in Sourdough.

  • Kowalski’s Markets “Supreme Sourdough Bread Contest” (class 1088)
  • Kowalski’s Markets “Great Chocolate Cake Contest” (class 1089)
  • Prizes for each contest:
    • 1st: $100 gift card
    • 2nd: $50 gift card
    • 3rd: $25 gift card
  • Bonus prizes for the class winners in bread and cake classes provided by Kowalski’s Markets

Minnesota Basket Weavers Guild

The Minnesota Basket Weavers Guild will be providing a rosette, $25 cash prize (included in the fair check) and a one-year membership to Minnesota Basket Weavers Guild to the following:

  • First place winners in basketry classes (classes 558-562)
  • First place winner of basketry – any type (class 923)

Needlework Guild of Minnesota

The Needlework Guild of Minnesota will be providing a rosette and a new or continuing membership ($30 value) to the following:

  • Runner-up of hardanger sweepstakes (class 123)
  • Best entry in canvas item other than listed above (class 145)
  • First-place winner of canvas article sweepstakes (class 149)
  • First-place winner of drawn/pulled thread work (class 156)
  • First-place winner of original design of an embroidered item (class 163)
  • Runner-up of embroidery sweepstakes (class 167)

Needlework Guild of Minnesota | Est. 1972

Northfield Yarn

Northfield Yarn will be awarding a $35 gift card to the following:

  • Best crochet scarf (classes 257-259 – combined)
  • Best multi-colored hand knit sweater (classes 324-328 – combined)

Northfield Yarn - Cowls, Cardigans & Contentment

Salad Girl

Toss your way to a top prize from Salad Girl by highlighting your favorite ingredients using these midwest made organic dressings! Create a zesty zing or take a fun twist on a salad staple with the unique flavors from these fun dressings.

  • Salad Bowl Tournament: Make your best entry with any Salad Girl™ Dressing and any other ingredients, including fresh vegetables, salad greens, herbs, fruits, proteins and nuts (class 1094)
  • Prizes for each contest:
    • 1st: $100 gift card
    • 2nd: $50 gift card
    • 3rd: $25 gift card


Swap out the sugar for Splenda® products in your favorite recipes and newest creations! Think scrumptious scones, marvelous muffins and crave-worthy coffee cakes. Lovely loaves with fruit, vegetables or spices qualify too! 

  • Splenda Low-to-No Sugar Showdown quick bread: diabetes-friendly quick breads, made with little to no sugar which feature Splenda (class 1093)
  • Prizes:
    • 1st place: $200
    • 2nd place: $100
    • 3rd place: $50

Weavers Guild of Minnesota

Thanks to Weavers Guild of Minnesota, special prizes of $25 will be awarded in the following classes. In addition, WGM will award $80 to the item that best represents the mission of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, in honor of WGM’s 80th anniversary in 2020.

  • The best use of color in a woven or rya rug (classes 214-215, 222-226, 234 – combined)
  • The best “first” woven or rya rug (classes 214-215, 222-226, 234 – combined). Exhibitor must indicate “first time State Fair entrant” on their entry form.
  • The best use of texture in “woven” wearable items. Prize money included in fair check.
  • The best use of color in “woven” wearable items.
  • The best use of texture in “woven” non-wearable items.
  • The best use of color in “woven” non-wearable items.
  • The best overall woven item.
  • The best “first” woven item, to a first-time Minnesota State Fair exhibitor. Note: Must indicate it’s your first year.
  • The best fine-weight handspun yarn.
  • The best medium-weight handspun yarn.
  • The best bulky-weight handspun yarn.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota