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.
Keep up with what's happening!
Watch these events and more live during the fair
State Arts-In performance
Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In is an eight-day intensive arts experience where youth prepare a musical and perform. Learn more about State Arts-In.
Llama-alpaca costume competition
Llamas and alpacas make up the class of animals called lamas. In this fun show, 4-H'ers score points for creativity and for training their lama to wear a costume. Learn more about the 4-H Llama-Alpaca Project.
For 4-H state fair exhibitorsGo to the state fair exhibitor 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 2019, 5,149 4-H'ers:
- Exhibited 2,409 projects in the 4-H Building
- Showed 2,898 animals
- Served (and ate!) nearly 26,000 meals
One in five people who attend the state fair visit the 4-H Building - that's more than 320,000 in 12 days!