State Fair 4H Beef Show & Auction Media Release

August 22, 2016

For More Information Contact :  Kent Thiesse

                                                         MN State Fair 4-H Beef Show Coordinator

                                                         and MN State Fair 4-H Auction Finance Chair 




2016 will mark the 37th anniversary of the “Purple Ribbon 4-H Livestock Auction” at the Minnesota State Fair. The 4-H Auction will be held on Saturday, August 27, at 5:45 PM, in  AgStar Arena. The premiums on over 100 purple ribbon 4-H exhibits will be sold in the 4-H Auction. Approximately thirty-five 4-H scholarships, totaling over $50,000.00, will be awarded at the 2016 Auction to outstanding 4-H junior leaders in the Minnesota 4-H animal science program. Twenty percent of the 4-H Auction proceeds are used to help fund the scholarships and 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 :


The “4-H Beef Championship Event” will be held at the Minnesota State Fair on Friday, August 26, at 1:30 PM in the Coliseum, at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. 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 Cattle Show at the 2016 State Fair. The event will also include the selection of the “Top 5” Overall Breeding Heifers, “Top 5 Overall Market Beef”, and “Top 3 Overall Cow/Calf Pairs”. 4-H Beef interview champions and MN State Fair Youth Scholarship recipients will also be recognized at this event. The Championship Event will represent the “best of the best” from the over 600 4-H members that will be exhibiting 4-H beef projects at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair, according to Kent Thiesse, MN State Fair 4-H Beef Show Coordinator.

Nearly 3,000 4-H members will be exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry, rabbits, dairy goats, and llamas at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair on August 25-28. For a complete schedule of 4-H livestock show times and other special activities during the 4-H livestock shows, please refer to the Minnesota State Fair 4-H web site at :