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State Fair information for Anoka County Families

It’s never too early to get excited for 4-H at the Great MN Get Together!   State Fair Trips will be chosen from the blue ribbon group of exhibits shown at the Anoka County Fair that are pre-registered by July 1.  Only members who have completed 6th grade and up are eligible to participate at the State Fair.


Anoka County 4-H State Fair Encampment Dates

State Fair 4-H Livestock Encampment:
Wednesday, August 20 - Sunday, August 24

State Fair 4-H Exhibit Building Encampment:  (Encampment 3)
Thursday, August 28 – Saturday, August 30

For information: MN 4-H at the State Fair


4-H Summer Employment Opportunities

A variety of employment opportunities are available at 4-H state-level summer events. Applications are accepted up to five working days prior to the event. Go to for more information.


Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In

Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In is an 8-day intensive arts experience. Youth prepare a musical play to perform during the Minnesota State Fair and gain experiences in performing arts, including singing, dancing, acting, instrumental accompaniment, costume design, set construction and technical work.

• State Arts-In show development - Aug. 7-14, 2014
• State Arts-In state fair event - Aug. 19-Sept. 1, 2014
• Participant registration due June 23, 2014
• Assistant director - applications due April 18, 2014 for first consideration

More information on this program can be found at State Arts-In information.  


Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase: Honoring Blue Ribbon Kids

This event recognized overall achievement of Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project exhibitors that have demonstrated year-round participation within 4-H and the dairy industry, including success with the animal; knowledge of the dairy project and industry; involvement within 4-H and dairy communities and activities in school, church and community. The Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase will recognize the top 25 4-H dairy project members that exhibit at the MN State Fair 4-H Show. Complete details and online portfolio are available


Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince & Princess Contest

This contest is a scholarship program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold'n Plump. More details are available online here.   


2014 Minnesota 4-H "Chef for a Day Cook-Off!"

This event is held during all State Fair encampments and is open to all 4-H State Fair exhibitors. Each county will provide a team of 3-5 exhibitors for a 2 hour program, during Livestock Encampment & every General Encampment. The first hour will include an educational activity, and the second hour will be the Chef for the Day Cook-Off! Assigned categories will include Stir Fry, Omelet, or Grilling. All equipment will be supplied, all meat, and some possible ingredients. Teams may bring additional ingredients, (No refrigeration supplied.) There will be PRIZES!  Contact your local extension office for more details coming soon.


State Fair Animal Science Youth Media Trip

4-H is very excited to be able to offer the State Fair 4-H Animal Science Youth Media Trip again in 2014 from Wed. August 20–Sunday, August 24, for youth who have completed grade 9+ and who are interested in and passionate about journalism, media relations, writing, photography, or about animal science and telling great stories about 4-H’ers!  Youth need not have experience in these areas.

The goal of the Animal Science Youth Media Trip is to provide 4-H youth with a learning experience that includes both skills workshops and hands-on-learning about working with media to tell stories of 4-H youth showing livestock at the Minnesota State Fair.

More information may be found at State Fair Media Trips, by contacting a county Program Coordinator, or by contacting Anita Harris, Extension Educator, at


State Fair Forage/Bedding Changes for 2014

4-H has been working with the Minnesota State Fair to develop a new process for forage and bedding provided to 4-H families exhibiting at the state fair. It will affect all 4-H beef, dairy, all goat, sheep, swine and lama exhibitors. Instead of providing various feed and bedding allotments for animals, the state fair has set aside a pool of money even greater than their previous allowance. These funds will be distributed directly to counties according to the number of animals they bring in each species. County 4-H staff and county livestock delegations will determine how this allocation is spent. Possibilities will range from setting up an account with the SF forage department to reimbursing trucking expenses. The allotment will be $8 for every dairy exhibit and $5 for every goat, sheep, swine and lama exhibit.  Beef will have wood chips provided as usual.  They will not get a dollar allotment and will be charged a $10 fee for bedding due to the high cost of providing wood chips. This is consistent with other beef events that provide wood chips. These changes will not affect 4-H rabbits and poultry who will continue to receive feed/bedding allotments. Complete details of these changes will be available on the 4-H state fair webpage.


Kimberly Ferguson
Program Support Secretary
(763) 755-1280
Anna Gilbertson
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(763) 767-2872


State Fair 4-H Livestock Encampment

August 20, 2014

11:30am - August 24, 2014

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

More details
State Fair 4-H Exhibit Building Encampment: (Encampment 3)

August 28, 2014

2:00pm - August 30, 2014

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

More details
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