4-H at the Minnesota State Fair
4-H at the Minnesota State Fair is not just a fun annual event. Every summer, thousands of 4-H youth participate in the state fair to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year, and to continue their learning experiences.
Keep up with what's happening!
4-H at the Minnesota State Fair app
Download our free app to your smart phone for judging results, public schedule, all Minnesota 4-H livestock show announcements and an interactive map. You can even watch our 4-H live cam 12 hours per day during the fair on your phone.
This app integrates all state fair exhibitor announcements for beef, dairy, sheep and all other 4-H projects.
Watch 2017 videos!
State Arts-In performance
Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In is an 8-day intensive arts experience. Youth prepare a musical to perform 3-4 times daily during the Minnesota State Fair. Each year, State Arts-In youth perform at least 40 shows to 12,000 audience members in the 4-H Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Learn more about State Arts-In.
Lama costume competition
Llamas and alpacas make up the class of animals called lamas. In this fun, optional show, 4-H'ers scored points for creativity and for training their lama to wear a costume. Learn more about the Lama Project.
Thank you to our sponsor, Broadband Corp!
4-H state fair exhibitorsGo to the support site
What happens at fairs
4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, project management, communications and public speaking. 4-H'ers then share their accomplishments and educate the public about their subject at their local county fair. Those who demonstrate the highest achievements are then selected to participate in 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair!
At both county and state fairs, 4-H'ers meet one-on-one with experts to have their projects evaluated, discuss what they've learned, and identify future learning opportunities. 4-H'ers also lead visitors on tours of the 4-H Building and barns, and conduct workshops and hands-on demonstrations for the public.
4-H at the Minnesota State Fair not only makes great memories, it helps 4-H youth grow into successful adults.
In 2017, 5,557 4-H'ers:
- Exhibited 2,631 projects in the 4-H Building
- Showed 3,006 animals
- Served (and ate!) more than 32,000 meals
One in five people who attend the state fair visit the 4-H Building - that's more than 320,000 in 12 days!