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June 28, 2017

See U of M Extension at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair!

Note: This list will be updated as more information becomes available.
4-H building at the Minnesota State Fair

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, Extension news media manager,, 612-626-4077 (office) or 651-492-0811 (mobile).

If you go to the "Great Minnesota Get-Together," be sure to participate in fun and educational University of Minnesota Extension opportunities. Extension discovers science-based solutions, delivers practical education and engages Minnesotans to build a better future.

Here is where to see Extension at the fair:

4-H building & barns

See the 4-H State Fair website, or use the free "4-H at the Minnesota State Fair" app for event schedules, Arts-In performance times, results, announcements and maps. Find the app by visiting the website. The first weekend of the fair is livestock encampment. Highlights below are just a sampling of the many 4-H activities!
  • Ongoing: Nearly 6,000 youth participate, showing exhibits, performing in shows and showing livestock. These activities feature the knowledge and skills 4-H'ers have acquired throughout the year. About 2,200 "blue ribbon" kids exhibit livestock in the animal barns. 
  • Ongoing: Exciting scientific activities to try in the 4-H building include virtual reality and Rube Goldberg challenges. Watch "Chef for a day" cooking presentations, offered twice daily.
  • Aug. 25, 2:00 p.m.: 4-H beef exhibit, Warner Coliseum.
  • Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m.: Chicken BBQ Contest, east side of Warner Coliseum. 
  • Aug. 26, 5:45 p.m.: Purple Ribbon auction in the AgStar arena.
  • Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m.: Poultry competition and crowning of the eighth annual 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess (crowning after last round), sheep and poultry barn.
  • Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m.: Dairy showcase, AgStar Arena.

U of M building

  • Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.: Extension Master Gardener volunteers from Anoka County, “Gardening with Class: Connecting with youth through schoolyard gardens.”

Eco Experience building

  • Ongoing: Clean Energy Research Teams (CERTS) “Energy Efficient Lighting and solar energy displays,” booth in the Energy Home section.

Agriculture-Horticulture building

  • Ongoing: Master Gardener volunteers answer gardening questions 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 
  • Aug. 30, 1 p.m.: The Honey Bees program team, including Gary Reuter, Extension entomologist, will show off a "bee beard."

DNR building

  • Ongoing: Master Naturalists answer questions about wildlife in Minnesota, wildlife wing. 
  • Aug. 27, 1 p.m.: Jeff Hahn, Extension entomologist, presents "Aquatic insects: The good, the bad and the fascinating." 
  • Aug. 28, 1 p.m.: Gary Reuter, Extension entomologist, "Honey bees, beekeeping and research," DNR stage.

Minnesota Public Radio & tpt

  • Aug. 25, noon: Mark Seeley, Extension climatologist, will appear on tpt's Almanac broadcast from the MPR booth. 
  • Aug. 29, 11 a.m.: Seeley will broadcast the annual Minnesota Weather Quiz from the MPR booth with host Tom Weber. 


  • Aug. 26, 8 a.m.: Julie Weisenhorn, Extension horticulturist, and Eric Watkins, professor of turfgrass science, take live yard and garden Q&A with callers and audience members, with host Denny Long. 
  • Sept. 2, 8 a.m.: Mary Meyer, Extension horticulturist, and Sam Bauer, Extension turfgrass educator, on “Smart Gardens” with host Denny Long.
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