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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2024

182 Days 23 Hours 59 Mins

New Attraction: New Competition Themes

New Competition Themes

While competitions have been a part of the State Fair since the beginning, each year new themes capture the creativity, humor and talent of Minnesotans in a variety of categories from quilts on-a-stick and decorated cakes to flower shows and landscape design.


  • Quilt On-A-Stick – “The Fair at First Light”
    • Quilters’ imaginations are captured on an 8” x 9” piece with a paint-stirring stick inserted.*
  • Cake Decorating – “Roadside Attractions”
    • Let a favorite road trip be the inspiration and include a photo with the entry.*
  • Decorated Cookies – “Shoes”
    • How will bakers interpret this theme on cookies no bigger than 4” in diameter?*
  • Decorated Cupcakes – “Pets”
    • Paying homage to our best friends couldn’t be sweeter than on a cupcake!*
  • Minnesota State Fair Flower Show – “Minnesota Loves Summer”
    • Our love affair with the seasons will be in full bloom Aug. 28 and 29.+
  • Minnesota State Florists Association’s Floralpalooza – “Happily Ever After”
    • Floral designers and retail florists bring their “once upon a time” visions to life in the center rotunda of the Ag-Hort Building in a floral extravaganza that never ceases to “wow!”+
  • FFA Landscape Design and Construction – “Landscape for Color”
    • Students from Minnesota FFA chapters construct up to 10 sites, each 14’ x 14’, using colorful plant materials and are judged on design, construction, correctly labeled plants, accessories/lighting and more.^

Entries in these categories will be on display in the *Creative Activities Building, the +Agriculture-Horticulture Building or outside the ^CHS Miracle of Birth Center. Hours vary.

Photos: 2022 Decorated Cookies Theme “Quilts”; 2021 Floralpalooza Theme “Homegrown Legends”