Minnesota 4-H statewide showcases
Minnesota 4-H will be hosting all statewide showcases virtually in 2020. This includes many of the events that would have been hosted at the Minnesota State Fair. We are sad to not be physically together this summer. However, we are confident that this decision is the best way we can contribute to the health and safety of all Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our 4-H educator team has been hard at work designing a high-quality virtual showcase experience for youth. We are proud to offer options that honor the hard work of Minnesota youth and ensure they can connect with and learn from expert judges in their project areas.
With a few exceptions, youth who have completed 6th grade and earned a blue ribbon in their local showcases are qualified to participate in 4-H statewide showcases. All qualifying youth will be contacted by local 4-H staff with details. Please direct questions about qualifying to a 4-H educator in your county.
Qualified youth will be notified by local 4-H staff with a list of their specific entries that are eligible for state showcases. There is a step-by-step registration guide, which includes registering projects in FairEntry and paying entry fees in 4HOnline (for general projects) and/or on the Walton Webcasting website (for animal projects). A mail-in payment option is also available.
We have kept entry fees as low as possible to ensure wide participation of qualified youth from across Minnesota.
- General projects and public presentations: $15 per entry
- Animal projects: $35 per entry
- Share the Fun and County Arts-In: no entry fee
If financial assistance is required, please contact a 4-H staff member in your local area.
Each eligible youth can exhibit
- Two static projects in the same or different project area
- Two animals per species, in as many species as desired and are qualified
- One public presentation (demonstration)
- One club performing arts presentation
General projects and activities
Information and user guides
- Registering for the 2020 statewide showcase
- Exhibit list and rules
- Judging format by project area
- Generating a video URL (optional for FairEntry/Zoom judging)
- Photos are required for projects judged via FairEntry/Zoom.
- Photo guidelines for static project judging
- Videos are required for projects judged via Flipgrid/Zoom. This involves videoing a presentation from within the Flipgrid app or uploading a pre-recorded video into the Flipgrid app.
- Videos are optional for projects judged via FairEntry/Zoom.
- Guidelines for submitting a video URL.
- Learn more about video for statewide showcase judging.
- Sample videos
Animal entries will be submitted via video to Walton Webcasting and judged via live webcast. Details below will be added soon. Entry dates are Aug. 24-30.
- Beef: guidelines | sample video
- Dairy: guidelines | sample video
- Dairy Goat: guidelines | sample video
- Meat Goat: guidelines | sample video
- Poultry: guidelines | sample video
- Rabbit: guidelines | sample video
- Sheep: guidelines | sample video
- Swine: guidelines | sample video
General projects will be judged via Zoom Aug. 31 - Sep. 3, 2020.
Animal projects will be judged via webcast Sept. 8 - 13, 2020.
- 2020 Animal projects static judging schedule (coming soon)
More details will be posted as they become available.
Reviewed in 2020