Each year, hundreds of Minnesota FFA members from across the state participate in livestock shows, display educational projects, competitive events, and interact with thousands of fairgoers through the CHS Miracle of Birth Center and FFA Chapter House.

FFA Livestock Show and Competitions

The 2019 FFA Livestock show runs for four days, from Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2. Entries are open to Minnesota (and Wisconsin sections 1, 2 and 3 in crops only) students, grades 9-12, who are regularly enrolled in an agricultural education program or are active members of a chapter of FFA that is in good standing in the state FFA association. Incoming 9th grade students are eligible to show if they are enrolled in or have completed a course in a grade 9-12 Ag-Ed program for the current year.


The following events occur during the Minnesota State Fair.  Departments include:

  • FFA Beef Cattle - Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental, any other purebred, any other registered composite, commercial beef heifer, market beef and dairy steers

  • FFA Dairy Cattle - Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Red & White, any other breed

  • FFA Swine - Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted Hogs, Yorkshire, crossbred gilts, market hogs

  • FFA Sheep - Babydoll Southdown, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Rambouillet, Southdown, Suffolk, other purebred wool/meat breeds, commercial breeding ewe and market lamb classes

  • FFA Meat Goats - breeding meat-type doeling, dairy and meat market goat classes

  • FFA Crops - field crops, forage crop seeds, old corn

  • FFA Judging Contests - dairy and general livestock

  • FFA Safe Tractor Operator’s Contests

  • FFA Landscape Design and Construction


The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship

The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship was established in 1994 to help further the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. Twenty scholarships of $1,000 each will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program. Participation in the current year’s Minnesota State Fair is a requirement. 

Applications must be submitted online. Please read the instructions before applying. (If you need a paper application, please request one at (651) 288-4417.)

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