State Fair encourages everyone to put their best to Minnesota’s Blue Ribbon Test

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency recently installed a solar array at North High School as part of the Hometown Solar Grant program. submitted photo

The State Fair invites all to join in the tradition of competition by putting their best to “Minnesota’s Blue Ribbon Test” at the 2018 Great Minnesota Get-Together. With a category for everyone and almost everything, the State Fair encourages perennial competitors and those who have never entered their work in the past to become part of the showcase of the very best our great state has to offer in categories including creative activities, fine arts, school projects, flowers, vegetables, fruits, wine, livestock, farm products and more. As part of this annual competition ritual, entrants will compete in hundreds of different State Fair competitions for ribbons, trophies and more than $1.5 million in total prize money. Those interested in putting their best to “Minnesota’s Blue Ribbon Test” can visit to learn more.

Deadlines for entering Minnesota State Fair competitions are as follows:  


Fine Arts : July 9

Landscape Design & Construction (FFA): July 9

Horses: July 23 (mail entries); Aug. 6 (online entries)

Amateur Talent Contest: July 25

Beef and Dairy Cattle (Open Class and FFA):  July 30 (mail entries); Aug. 6 (online entries)

Poultry & Rabbits: Aug. 1

Minnesota State Fair Scholarship: Aug. 3

Dairy, Boer and FFA Meat Goats: Aug. 6

Llamas: Aug. 6

Sheep (Open Class and FFA): Aug. 6

Stock Dogs: Aug. 6

Swine (Open Class and FFA): Aug. 6

Agriculture Technology (FFA): Aug. 7

Creative Activities (baked products, canned & preserved food, special contests, needlecraft, garment making,  work of senior citizens, handcrafts and collections): Aug. 7

K-12 Competition (school projects): Aug. 7

Christmas Trees: Aug. 8

Crop Art & Scarecrow: Aug. 10

Crops (FFA): Aug. 10

Judging Contests (FFA): Aug. 10

Farm Crops:  Aug. 10

Minnesota State Fair Flower Show: Aug. 13

Fruit & Wine: Aug. 13

Bee & Honey: Aug. 13

Vegetable & Potato: Aug. 13

Safe Tractor Operators Contest (FFA): Aug. 20

New Corn: Aug. 30


Minnesota 4-H members can visit for the 2018 4-H competition premium book and deadlines.

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