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4-H clover 4-H state fair chaperone resources

Thank you for volunteering to chaperone 4-H youth at the Minnesota State Fair! 

Chaperones play an important role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Minnesota 4-H youth at the fair.

All state fair chaperones

Review the resources on this page to ensure that you are fully prepared for your state fair chaperone experience.

If you have any questions, reach out to your local Extension educator.

Additional resources to review

Chaperones will also need to review the following resources to properly support youth at the state fair:

Chaperone expectations

All chaperones must be at least 21 years of age and be currently enrolled and approved as Minnesota 4-H volunteers, which includes completing the mandatory volunteer application and screening process

Your primary responsibility is to chaperone the youth from your local program staying in 4-H housing; however, we ask that you take an active interest in the safety and wellbeing of all 4-H youth on the fairgrounds. Parents and guardians are responsible for youth who are not staying in 4-H housing. That being said, as a screened adult volunteer, you have the authority to redirect negative behavior of any 4-H youth and notify 4-H state fair staff of serious infractions.

The Minnesota State Fair employs dormitory staff to oversee the safety and order of the dormitories during 4-H encampments with the assistance of chaperones.

As a chaperone, you must abide by the volunteer code of conduct and are responsible for helping youth abide by the youth code of conduct.

Before the state fair

Before the state fair, chaperones must:

During the state fair


Dorm responsibilities


Lead livestock chaperone responsibilities


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