State Fair Encourages Everyone to Put Their Best to Minnesota's Blue Ribbon Test

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ST. PAUL, MINN. (05/25/2016)(readMedia)-- The State Fair invites all to join in the tradition of competition by putting their best to "Minnesota's Blue Ribbon Test" at the 2016 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 to become part of the showcase of the very best our great state has to offer in 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 million in total prize money. Those interested in putting their best to "Minnesota's Blue Ribbon Test" should visit to learn more.

Deadlines for entering Minnesota State Fair competitions are as follows:

Fine Arts - July 11

Horses - July 25 (mail entries); August 12 (online entries)

Amateur Talent Contest - July 26

Beef and Dairy Cattle (Open Class and FFA) - August 1 (mail entries); August 8 (online entries)

Poultry - August 3

Rabbits - August 3

State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship - August 5

Dairy, Boer and FFA Meat Goats - August 8

Llamas - August 8

Sheep (Open Class and FFA) - August 8

Stock Dog Trials - August 8

Swine (Open Class and FFA) - August 8

Creative Activities (baked, canned & preserved food, special contests) - August 9 (online registration)

Creative Activities (needlecraft, garment making, work of senior citizens, handcrafts and collections) - August 9 (online registration) or visit for delivery info.

K-12 Competition (school projects) - August 9 (online registration) or visit for delivery info.

Christmas Trees - August 10

Crop Art & Scarecrow - August 12

Crops (FFA) - August 12

Farm Crops - August 12

Minnesota State Fair Flower Show - August 15

Fruits & Wine - August 15

Bee & Honey - August 15

Vegetables & Potatoes - August 15

Agriculture Technology (FFA) - August 16

Safe Tractor Operators Contest (FFA) - August 22

New Corn - September 1

Minnesota 4-H members should visit for the 2016 4-H competition premium book and deadlines.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 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 2016 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 25 - Labor Day, Sept. 5.