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Aug. 24 – Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023

147 Days 18 Hours 38 Mins

New Attraction: New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions

New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions

A visit to the State Fair wouldn’t be complete without unforgettable encounters with farm animals and horses. This year, you’ll have even more opportunities to catch contests featuring some showing off by two-legged and four-legged participants, including runner ducks, cow and calf pairs, FFA youth, and miniature and walking horses.


  • The Running of the Ducks
    • The aptly named runner ducks stand up tall on their webbed feet and run with speed and grace! As one portion of their judging at the State Fair this year, these ducks show off their technique in a large pen in an event we’re calling The Running of the Ducks, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m., in the Poultry Barn.
  • Open Class Cow/Calf Supreme Competition
    • In beef cattle breeds such as Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental and ShorthornPlus, cow/calf pairs that have been named breed champions then compete for the title of Supreme Champion on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m., in Compeer Arena.
  • FFA Agricultural Interactive Exhibit/Demonstration Competition
    • Based on proposals submitted from FFA chapters and individuals from across the state, FFA youth have been selected to present an interactive exhibit or demonstrate a skill that is connected to a career pathway in agricultural education. Presentations take place Aug. 25 to Sept. 3 in the FFA Chapter House & Leadership Center; Sept. 4 features judging of the daily winners to determine the top awards.
  • More classes for Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA) Pleasure entries
    • In Western Pleasure competition, the horse rather than the rider is judged on the performance of various gaits. Part of the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show, WSCA Pleasure competition takes place Sept. 1 and 2 in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum (competition times vary).
  • Miniature and Walking Horses compete
    • Mini and walking horse breeds compete in various classes on Sept. 1 and 2 (competition times vary). Competitions for miniature and walking horses return as part of the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show after a few years absence.

Dates and times vary for specific competitions and exhibitions.


Located in the livestock complex area and the FFA Chapter House & Leadership Center