4-H at the Minnesota State Fair
For 4-H'ers, the Minnesota State Fair is not just a fun annual event. It's a chance to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year -- and to continue their learning.
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State Arts-In performance
Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In is an eight-day intensive arts experience. Youth prepare a musical and perform it every day of the 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.
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4-H events at the state fair
Team events in the general livestock, rabbit, beef and poultry categories.
Cash awards for high-performing 4-H dairy youth.
Cooking demonstrations for all the meats!
Who will become royalty this year?
Watch an original musical show. Performed 3-4 times every day of the state fair. Check the schedule.
Teams run their complicated, whimsical machines to perform a simple task.
4-H'ers in the dog project demonstrate their skills.
Musical performances by groups from across Minnesota.
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!