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Aug. 24 – Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023

147 Days 20 Hours 20 Mins

New Attraction: New Creative Activities Competitions

New Creative Activities Competitions

Entering a competition is one of the greatest State Fair traditions! Adventurous amateur bakers and chefs – like you – can vie for even more blue ribbons and bragging rights this year with the addition of four new special contests: Great Chocolate Cake Contest, Low-to-No Sugar Showdown, Salad Bowl Tournament and Supreme Sourdough Bread Contest.


  • Great Chocolate Cake Contest
    • Prominently feature chocolate as an ingredient and flavor in your cake – solo or with any complimentary flavors. Entries can be any size or shape such as layer, sheet, tube, cupcake or bite-size. The most unique and delicious cakes will win!
  • Low-to-No Sugar Showdown
    • This contest is all about diabetes-friendly quick breads made with little to no sugar. Swap out the sugar for Splenda® products in your favorite recipes or create an entirely new one. Think scones, muffins and coffee cakes, and loaves with fruit, vegetables or spices qualify too!
  • Salad Bowl Tournament
    • Make your best entry with any Salad Girl™ Dressing and any other ingredients, from fresh vegetables, salad greens, herbs and fruits to proteins and nuts. It can be in a bowl, or not.
  • Supreme Sourdough Bread Contest
    • Made-from-scratch breads are the best! The spotlight is on sensational sourdough this year, and we’re on the lookout for the best sourdough bread bakers in the state!

Daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Labor Day). In 1971, the competition department and category of Creative Activities debuted after formerly being known as Home Activities and Woman’s Activities. To mark this milestone of 50-plus years, we’ve installed a timeline in the Creative Activities Building of significant moments in the history of Creative Activities at the fair. Stop by to learn fun facts to impress your friends and family!

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Located in the Creative Activities Building, on the east side of Cosgrove Street just north of Dan Patch Avenue

When possible, most entries will be on display in the Creative Activities Building. Stop by to check out Minnesota’s finest!