State Fair 4-H Auction

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will participate in the 2019 “Purple Ribbon 4-H Livestock Auction” at the Minnesota State Fair, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the auction. The Purple Ribbon 4-H Auction will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5:45 p.m., in Compeer Arena at the State Fairgrounds.

The premiums on over 100 purple ribbon 4-H exhibits will be sold in the livestock auction. 40 scholarships, totaling $64,000.00, will also be awarded prior to the 2019 auction, and will be presented to outstanding 4-H junior leaders in the Minnesota 4-H animal science program that are pursuing a college degree. 20 percent of the 4-H Auction proceeds are used to help fund the scholarships and for special 4-H livestock programs across Minnesota. For more details on the “Purple Ribbon 4-H Livestock Auction” and the 4-H scholarship program, please refer to the following web site:  http://www.mnpurpleribbonauction.org/

4-H Beef Championship Event

The “4-H Beef Championship Event” will be held at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday, Aug. 23, at 2:00 p.m., in the Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Minnesota Senator Tina Smith will speak at this year’s 4-H Beef Show Championship. The Championship Event this year will include the selection of the Grand and Reserve Champion Market Beef, Dairy Steer, Breeding Heifer, Cow/ Calf, and Prospect Market Calf from the 4-H beef exhibits at the 2019 State Fair.

The event will also include the selection of the “Top 5” Overall Breeding Heifers, “Top 5” Market Beef, “Top 3” Cow/Calf Pairs, and “Top 3” Dairy Steers. 4-H Beef Interview Champions and Minnesota State Fair Youth Scholarship recipients will also be recognized at this event. The Championship Event will represent the “best of the best” from the nearly 600 4-H members that will be exhibiting 4-H beef projects at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair, according to Kent Thiesse, 4-H Beef Show coordinator.

Over 3,000 4-H members will be exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, rabbits, dairy goats, and llamas at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 22-25. For a complete schedule of 4-H livestock show times and other special activities during the 4-H livestock shows, please refer to the 4-H web site at: https://extension.umn.edu/4-h-events/4-h-minnesota-state-fair

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