The Minnesota State Fair is not just a fun annual event for 4-H'ers. It's a chance to showcase the knowledge and skills they've gained throughout the year and continue their learning.
Here you'll find information about what happens at the state fair and how to watch 4-H in action.
4-H state fair exhibitors and chaperones, please scroll down for more information and resources.
Work for 4-H at the fair
4-H state fair - Positions are available in housing, security, maintenance, exhibit assistants and more.
4-H food service - Positions include cook, assistant cook and food service assistant.
Applications will be accepted until five working days prior to the event, but priority will be given to applications received by July 15.
Keep up with what's happening!
You are welcome to come and watch our 4-H members demonstrate their learning and hard work at the Minnesota State Fair.
For a complete schedule, download our free app.
Watch these events (and more) during the fair via livestream
Nearly all 4-H state fair livestock shows will be livestreamed as youth showcase the efforts of their work in 4-H animal science projects!
Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In is a 22-day intensive arts experience where youth prepare a musical and perform. Learn more about State Arts-In.
In this fun show, 4-H'ers score points for creativity and for training their llama or alpaca to wear a costume. Learn more about the 4-H llama-alpaca project.
What happens at fairs
4-H youth spend months working on projects designed to equip them with essential life skills such as solving problems, making decisions, managing projects, communicating and speaking in public settings. 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 selected to participate in the 4-H state showcase at the Minnesota State Fair.
At both county and state fairs, 4-H'ers meet 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.
The 4-H state showcase at the Minnesota State Fair not only makes great memories but also helps 4-H youth grow into successful adults.
In 2022, 4,027 4-H'ers:
- Exhibited 1,925 projects in the 4-H Building and 86 projects virtually
- Showed 2,472 animals