We are looking forward to a summer of celebrating 4-H project learning! Local showcases and County Arts-In begin in June with the Public Presentation Day and conclude in early August with the Dog show. The Anoka County Fair will take place during the week of Monday, July 24 - Saturday, July 30. Please note that Animal ID’s must be completed by May 15 and county fair project registration must be completed by Monday, June 26. Read on for complete details to participate in these summer programs. Please contact the Extension Office at 763-324-3495 if you have any questions regarding completing your fair registration or the premium book.
4-H at the Anoka County Fair
4-H at the Anoka County Fair quick links.
Static exhibits, club projects and animal showcases
- Use the Anoka County Fair 4-H Premium Book, 2023 to help you decide what projects to exhibit and to ensure you are clear on all guidelines for each area. This guide will help you prepare to participate in Anoka County 4-H at the County Fair. There are suggestions for project ideas and in some cases, guidelines on what components a project must have. Please read carefully and contact staff if you have questions about where a project should be exhibited.
- To register for 4-H at the county fair using FairEntry, each youth must be enrolled as an active 4-H member and you must know your 4-H Online family login (email address and password). You use the same log in information for BOTH systems. If you do not know your 4-H Online log in information, follow the prompts to have your password reset. DO NOT attempt to create a new profile. If you have trouble, please contact Kim Ferguson at the 4-H office for help..
- Submit your fair registration on FairEntry by Monday, June 26. This includes both exhibit building and animal entries.
- You will register for ALL classes for projects you plan to bring to the showcase event/fair.
- Exhibit areas are a two-project limit unless noted.
- You will be judged in age categories according to your grade level completed: grades 9 and up, grades 6-8, grades 3-5, Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Missing the June 26 deadline may jeopardize your eligibility for Champion, Reserve Champion, Merit awards, or State Fair trips.
- 4-H club leaders will complete a separate registration for all club projects. Limited to one entry, per category.
- FairEntry user guides can be found on the MN 4-H State website.
4-H members, parents and screened volunteers may purchase a reduced rate weekly fair pass which will allow entrance to the fairgrounds during the week of the fair. This process has changed. Adult weekly passes will be $20 each and youth weekly passes will be $10 per 4-H’er. Registered Anoka 4-H families and screened 4-H volunteers will receive direct emails regarding instructions and a secure link to purchase your weekly pass ONLINE in July directly through the Anoka County Fair. Passes will be available to purchase for 4-H families as pre-sale and through Monday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. of the fair ONLY.
On May 15, Animal ID’s are due for beef, dairy, dairy goat, dog, horse, llama-alpaca, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine. This means, you have secured any tags needed from the 4-H office and entered your information in 4-H Online by this date. All 4-H livestock (excluding market beef) must be identified by the statewide May 15 ID deadline. This is a firm deadline.
Exhibiting in the horse project at the County Fair is a large commitment with many moving parts. Please be sure to read the Anoka County 4-H Horse Handbook & complete the stalling and camping forms by Monday, June 26. Please ask questions of the horse committee members when needed. Contact information is included in the handbook.
Open Arenas The Anoka County Horse Committee hosts “Open Arena” clinics at the Anoka County Fairgrounds designed to be informative for both the new and more experienced horse/rider.
- Anoka County 4-H Horse Handbook, 2023
- All horses must be ID’d by May 15
- Register to exhibit by June 26
- Camping & parking form, 2023
- Stalling form, 2023
- Horse Project Events
- Saturday, July 22 for Training Project
- Thursday & Friday, July 27 and 28 for 6-13th graders
- Saturday, July 29 for Kindergarten-5th graders, Novice and Horseless Horse
- Sunday, July 30 for grades 3+ including Novice
Summer showcase and events
Public Presentations are an opportunity to practice public speaking skills, share your knowledge, and compete for a State Fair trip. This event will be held Monday, June 26. All youth in grades 6 and up can advance to the State Fair. Any exhibitors who advance to the State Fair will receive a $30 cash award.
The Anoka County 4-H Fashion Revue consists of two events—the evaluation night on Monday, July 10 and the public fashion show at the Anoka County Fair. 4-H Fashion Revue allows youth the opportunity to demonstrate what they've learned about clothing construction, consumerism, appearance, grooming habits, clothing selections, and more.
The categories for this event are:
- Fashion Revue- Constructed Clothing
- Fashion Revue- Purchased Clothing
- Fashion Revue- Upcycled Clothing
Fashion Revue is:
- An opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge of clothing and textile construction and consumerism.
- A reflection of the fashion trends of young people.
- A learning experience in dressing and grooming for the “total” look.
- An educational experience for learning to project confidence, enthusiasm, and poise.
County Arts-In is a summer performing arts/leadership experience for youth that have completed grades 2 – one year post high school. Singing, dancing, and acting, plus leadership and team building activities all culminate in a 30-minute musical revue that is performed during the Anoka County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. Youth that have completed grade 6 or higher have many opportunities to provide leadership in the program. The show is performed during the week of the Anoka County Fair.
Complete details including dates, costs and more, registration due June 12.
Anna Gilbertson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Anoka County
Kim Ferguson, Administrative Services Assistant, Anoka County