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4-H clover Bonus trips to state fair and state horse show

Bonus trips recognize excellent local youth development programs. 

Each county is allowed a number of youth to attend the state fair or state horse show. These quotas are set each spring by state program leaders. Each county can apply for more youth from their county to attend (a "bonus") based on the excellence of their youth development programming. Tribal programs should apply through their county. 

Bonus trips encourage local programs to strive for programming excellence across all animal species, and to support positive learning experiences for youth. It does not recognize individual youth or project quality.

Each county may send in one application per animal species for state fair. Each county may send in two applications for state horse show but can only win one. See all details below. Application planning starts in February or March. If you want to help your county prepare its bonus trips application, contact your local 4-H office.

State fair livestock bonus trips

Bonus trips were created to address the increasing requests from Extension Educators for additional State Fair livestock trips. The purpose for awarding additional trips is to encourage counties to strive for programming excellence across all species. Minnesota 4-H’s goal is to encourage educational programming in counties and develop stronger applications in programming excellence - leading to the advancement of quality learning experiences for youth statewide. Livestock bonus trips are only offered in programming excellence. The number of bonus trips is set and will be awarded if quality denotes the awarding of a trip.


State horse show bonus trips


Reviewed in 2022

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