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

The Minnesota State Fair invites all to join in the tradition of competition by putting their best to “Minnesota’s Blue Ribbon Test” at the 2019 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: 

• Fine Arts: July 8

• Landscape Design & Construction (FFA): July 8

• Horses: July 22 (mail entries); Aug. 2 (online entries)

• Amateur Talent Contest: July 24

• Beef and Dairy Cattle (Open Class and FFA): July 29 (mail entries); Aug. 5 (online entries)

• Poultry & Rabbits: July 31

• Minnesota State Fair Scholarship: Aug. 2

• Dairy, Boer and FFA Meat Goats: Aug. 5

• Llamas: Aug. 5

• Sheep (Open Class and FFA): Aug. 5

• Stock Dogs: Aug. 5

• Swine (Open Class and FFA): Aug. 5

• Creative Activities (baked products, canned & preserved food, special contests, needlecraft, garment making, work of senior citizens, handcrafts and collections): Aug. 6 

• K-12 Competition (school projects): Aug. 6 

• Agriculture Technology (FFA): Aug. 7

• Christmas Trees: Aug. 7

• Crop Art & Scarecrow: Aug. 9

• Crops (FFA: Aug. 9

• Judging Contests (FFA): Aug. 9

• Farm Crops: Aug. 9 

• Minnesota State Fair Flower Show: Aug. 12

• Fruit & Wine: Aug. 12

• Bee & Honey: Aug. 12

• Vegetable & Potato: Aug. 12

• Safe Tractor Operators Contest (FFA): Aug. 19

• New Corn : Aug. 29


Minnesota 4-H members can visit for the 2019 4-H competition premium book and deadlines.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. Visit for more information. The 2019 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22 - Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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