Welcome to our page dedicated to all Olmsted County Fair Information. This page will be updated with information that is included in emails, Facebook posts, snail mail, etc. We will keep it updated as best we can, but please know that things can, and probably will, change. If you have information you would like to see here, let us know.
County Fair Information
We've compiled a list of important dates for this spring/summer:
- February 15 - Animal ID deadline for market beef (in 4HOnline)
- May 15 - Animal ID deadline for all other animal species (in 4HOnline)
- June 15 - FairEntry registration deadline
- June 15 - Alumni Association Scholarship Applications due
- July 24-30 - Olmsted County Fair
For Projects with animals:
February 15 is the deadline for IDing all Market Beef and Dairy Steers. Please review Minnesota 4-H animal ID requirements and birthdate requirements at: Minnesota 4-H Animal ID Webpage.
All other species have an ID deadline of May 16. Ear tags are now available at the 4-H Office and can be picked up during our standard office hours (Monday-Thursday 9 am-4:30 pm, Friday 9 am-1 pm) or during additional posted office hours closer to deadlines.
Mark your calendars for June 15 Fair Registration deadline. This is when you will select the classes you will be participating in. In order to show without any restrictions at the county fair, you are required to meet this deadline.
For 4-H’ers showing livestock and hoping to be eligible for a state trip, Livestock Quality Assurance Training (LQA) is required. An email was sent on January with training options for those who do not yet have a valid LQA certification for this fair season.
For static projects (non-livestock):
Static project registration isn't due until June 15 (unless you want to participate in the food revue project, which will take place earlier in the year). However, if you want to start brainstorming fair projects or have questions about where to get started, we encourage you to check out the resources on our website and the MN 4-H Projects and more page.
Minnesota 4-H has made quite a few updates to the static project categories, so be sure to check over those in 2022 Premium Book!
County fair registration for Cloverbuds is a multi-step process with some slight variations from regular registration (and new vocabulary). Check out our Guide to Cloverbud Projects to see a full list of Cloverbud opportunities. Cloverbuds can either show their own animal, a sibling’s animal, or one owned by another 4-H’er. Regardless, we ask that they make sure both steps of the registration process are completed to prevent any mix-ups on show day.
Step 1 - Animal Identification - For non-Cloverbuds, animals are IDed in 4HOnline, but we have a paper form for Cloverbuds to fill out (found on the homepage of our website under - 4-H at the Olmsted County Fair). If your animal requires an ear tag (view all animal id requirements here), you can pick them up at the 4-H Office and, thanks to our Blue Ribbon Auction fundraiser, they are free to our families.
Step 2 - County Fair Registration - This is completed on the FairEntry website (link will be posted on May 16). This is where 4-H’ers register for specific classes in both livestock and non-livestock (static) categories. You will notice that there are a condensed number of choices for Cloverbuds. For example, there is only one Cloverbud beef class and Cloverbud Static projects are all judged in one category (not separated by photography/crafts/robotics/etc.). The registration deadline is June 15.
We know this can be a confusing process, so please feel free to reach out to 4-H staff or your fellow 4-H’ers. We will also be hosting some drop-in nights at the Extension Office for families to walk through the process with extra volunteers, staff, and extended hours. More information will be coming.
Make sure you've added projects you're interested in to your 4HOnline profile. This doesn't sign you up to take the project to the fair, but it does make sure that you get on the appropriate email lists and will be notified about related and sometimes important events, like project meetings or the goat weigh-in.
You can always find these in the events section of the website, on our county google calendar, and even on Facebook!
- Regional Project Day - March 18
- Dog Project Meeting - March 23
- Goat Project Meeting - April 15
- Food Revue & Cake Decorating - April 30, register in 4HOnline
- Rabbit Tattoo & Showmanship Clinic - May 9
- Interested in a project area and unsure what to do with it? Check out the curriculum resource library at the Extension Office! Review our collection here.
Registration Assistance / Drop-In Help Nights
The 4-H Office will be offering drop-in help nights during extended hours prior to the May 15 (Animal ID) and June 15 (FairEntry Registration) deadlines. Whether you are a new family or not, this is a great opportunity to drop in and receive assistance or double-check with staff that your registration is complete. Feel free to stop by whenever works for you during the scheduled hours of 5-8 pm! Dates will be coming soon.
Are you looking for some inspiration for a fair project? Olmsted County 4-H has some needs that you may be able to fulfill, as well as funding to cover your supplies. Reach out to Kristina if you are interested in learning more or have an idea for a project that could give back to our 4-H program!
- Shop - We have many countywide awards we would like to feature in the Extension Office and are looking for someone to build a display case for them.
- Photography - Looking for subjects for action shots? To practice taking photographs for use in promotional materials? Or to experience using a high-quality camera? Take photographs at a 4-H camp or event this year!
- Video/Filmmaking - We would love to have some promotional videos to share for our Day Camps or 4-H in general.
- Youth Leadership - Gain leadership skills through planning a day camp, guided by 4-H staff.
The FairEntry website will open on May 16. This is where you will register for specific projects and classes for the county fair. The deadline to register is June 15.
FairEntry Quick Guide
FairEntry Detailed Instructions
- All Cloverbud Classes are located in one spot:
- When you register your Cloverbud, all animal and non-animal projects are together.
- You are able to sign up for all of your projects in each class area at once. For example: If you are bringing 3 photography projects, you will be able to select photography and then how many individual projects you will be bringing to the fair.
- Livestock Entry:
- You will be required to assign animals to classes. For example: when signing up for the Meat Goat - Senior Breeding Doe class, you would then select the animal from the list of animals on 4HOnline which you previously ID’ed. Among other benefits, this process significantly reduces staff and volunteer hours at the fair, speeds up check-in/weigh-in time, and reduces errors in paperwork and show programs.
- YES - even if you assign an animal to a class, it can be switched out with another animal you have ID’ed or with a sibling’s animal at any time up until your animal is checked in at the county fair. However, you must still be registered for the class in which you want to participate in FairEntry by June 15 to be in it at the fair.
- The multi-entry system will let you choose all of your “classes”, but if it gives you an error when you try to complete registration, it will then push you back to the individual classes to add animals to each one. If you run into issues with this, please email or call 4-H staff and we can walk you through it.
- Horse/Dog Entry :
- You are able to choose your animal, and then enter that horse (or dog) into ALL classes that it will be in at once - this should speed up the registration process significantly.
- Project Organization
All projects that are judged in the exhibits area (and not in a show arena) are under the static exhibit area. This includes horseless horse, horse related, llama - alpaca related, etc. If you are unable to find a specific class, please let us know.