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3.12 Protests: A protest from the decision of a judge will only be accepted from a competitive exhibitor named in the official judge’s sheet for competition in the class or class under protest, and must be filed with the secretary within five hours after the award has been made. An award is deemed to have been made when the notation of the decision of the judge is entered into the department award book. All protests must be made in writing and must be accompanied by a deposit of one hundred dollars. The protest must state plainly and specifically the facts upon which the complaint or appeal is based. The right to appeal will lie only when it is charged that the award has been made in violation of the rules governing the exhibit, or when it is charged that the decision of the judge has been influenced or interfered with by another person.

No protest or appeal based upon the statement that the judge or judges are incompetent or have over-looked an animal or article will be considered. The one hundred dollar deposit will be returned only if the protest or appeal is upheld. In protest and appeal instances where rules established by a breed association or other competitive organization with which the Society has an agreement differ from this rule, rules of the association or organization shall govern.

3.13 Late showing of exhibit: No animal or exhibit will be judged or awarded a prize if it is not ready for judging and promptly brought into the show ring when the class is called.

3.14 Premium money: Cash premiums awarded will be paid by check made out to the competitive exhibitor and mailed to the post office address as stated on the entry blank. Competitive exhibitors may forfeit all premium money if exhibits are removed from the grounds prior to the official time of release. The board of managers reserves the right to make reductions in premiums if the financial conditions of the Society make such reductions necessary.

Creative Activities Rules & Premium Book 2016

Creative Activities Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent


Board Liaison

The Minnesota State Fair pays in excess of $1.2 million in cash awards in its agriculture, horticulture, education, and creative contests.

Additional awards offered by the following sponsors:

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A. Entries in this department are limited to bona fide living residents of Minnesota and must be the work of the exhibitor, completed within three years preceding the fair, except as otherwise provided.

B. Articles which have won a first prize at a previous Minnesota State Fair are not eligible for entry. Entries are open to anyone 14 years of age or older as of the first day of the fair (exception: some of the special contests have different age requirements; see individual special contest rules), whose exhibit represents a recreational hobby and is not used as a means of livelihood directly or indirectly; as determined by the State Fair staff. In the case of a protest, please refer to page 6, section 3.12. Each case will be handled on an individual basis.

C. Not more than one entry will be permitted in any class by one exhibitor. No entry required for classes designated “Sweepstakes” or beginning with the letters “SP”.

D. We reserve the right to refuse entry to unusually large or heavy items that are difficult to handle and display. Pre-approval by superintendent required on large items.

E. No tree skirts, plastic needlepoint canvas, pillow cases, tied quilts, plastic milk cartons, cans, aprons, dish towels, dish cloths, pot holders, napkins, wedding gowns or baptismal gowns, yard art, photography, drawings on paper, wreaths, doilies, or any type of taxidermy will be accepted in any category.

F. “Not otherwise specified” (NOS) classes are only for such articles that have no regular classes listed. If there is an existing classes where an entry fits, it cannot be entered in NOS.


A. Entries close at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15. No entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. on closing date. All canning, baking and special contest entries must be registered by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9. Errors or omissions must be registered within 10 days after fair closes, Sept. 5. No entry fee required.

B. Online registration for individuals. Available for all categories beginning Monday, May 2. Online registration closes 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. All baking, canning and special contests entries MUST be registered (see pages 34 and 45). Early registration for all other categories is optional. However, exhibitors taking advantage of this opportunity will speed up their entry

process when bringing in their articles on the delivery dates. Follow the procedure below:

1) Visit the Minnesota State Fair website at www.mnstatefair.org.

2) Click on “Competition & Contests” choose “Enter a Competition” and select the link for “Creative Activities”. Begin online registration and follow the instructions to add the classes you intend to enter. After entering your contact information, click “submit” to continue the process.

3) When the summary page appears, review your selected classes, and be sure to click “confirm registration” to finalize your online registration. The last page of registration process should indicate you have registered, indicate drop off/pick up times and remind you about email confirmation.

4) You will receive an email confirmation of your entries. Print a copy of your registration confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please call (651) 288-4417.

5) Exhibitors must bring their registration confirmation with their entry.

C. Mail-in registration. Must be in our hands (not postmarked) by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. All baking, canning and special contests entries MUST be registered (see pages 35 and 45). Early registration for all other categories is optional. However, exhibitors taking advantage of this opportunity will speed up their entry process when they bring in their articles on the delivery

dates. Follow the procedure below:

1) List the class numbers and descriptions of the classes you intend to enter on an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper. Also include your name, address and phone number.

2) Mail to: Competition Department - c/o: Creative Activities, Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108.

3) You will receive a paper confirmation of your entries via USPS mail.

4) Exhibitors must bring their registration confirmation with their entry.

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C. Exhibitors unable to bring exhibits to the Creative Activities Building on entry days may bring them beforehand to the Competition Department, 1312 Cosgrove Ave. on the fairgrounds between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A list of the exhibits with class numbers and descriptions MUST be attached. The name and address and telephone number of the exhibitor should head the list. Please note the delivery procedures on the next page will take effect Aug. 8, 2016.

D. Exhibitors who send articles by mail or express should do so at least three weeks before the opening day of the fair. Articles sent by mail or express should be addressed to the Superintendent of Creative Activities, Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, Minnesota 55108. The sender’s name and address must be plainly written upon the outside of the package and also placed upon a card inside. A LIST OF THE ARTICLES BEING SENT SHOULD BE ENCLOSED. If article is made by a person over the age of 65, special note should be made of that fact. Department clerks will classify exhibits, prepare entry tags and attach them to each article sent. All express and parcel post charges must be prepaid by the sender. NO P.O. Box addresses will be accepted. Directions for return shipment should be given, and money or checks (made out to Minnesota State Fair) must be enclosed to cover cost of returning exhibits to exhibitor. DO NOT send stamps.

4. JUDGING A. Judging of all articles except baking will be conducted Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 17-20. Should any article be entered in the wrong class and the error be discovered before the judging, the superintendent may make proper correction in the entry.

B. Competent judges will score each exhibit. A duplicate of the judge’s scorecard will be returned to the exhibitor for each entry in order that the reasons for decisions may be apparent. The sweepstakes winner is chosen from the first place winners within a category.

C. Judges are instructed not to award premiums unless articles are deemed worthy of merit. If no competition exists and an article is not worthy of a first premium, the judge may award a second or a third premium, according to his or her judgment. In large classes ALL entries are evaluated, but only the top 25 will be scored.

D. Only finished or mounted work will be accepted. Wall hangings and pictures must have a means of hanging them. Any article having exhibitor’s name displayed must have the name securely covered by stitched cloth or heavy tape.

E. Soiled articles and articles not made within the last three years will not be judged.

F. Every effort will be made to display entries in an attractive arrangement and according to display space available. The State Fair reserves the right to reject any exhibit offered if it is objectionable in any way, if it requires an excessive amount of space, or if the capacity of the department has been reached. First place prize winners will be posted near the door of the office in the Creative Activities building during the fair and on the Minnesota State Fair website at www.mnstatefair.org. No information on prizes will be given over the phone prior to the start of the fair. Due to the enormous number of entries, all entries may not be displayed or judged.

5. RETURN OF EXHIBITS A. No articles can be returned before 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7. Please access the fairgrounds using Gate 0 (see page 13) or the main gate (Gate 5) off of Snelling Avenue. Articles should be picked up at the Creative Activities Building from 1-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8. When dropping off your articles you will receive a yellow confirmation sheet. Please be sure to bring the yellow confirmation sheet back with you when picking up your items. If you are unable to pick up your exhibits on these days you must make arrangements with the Competition Department at (651) 288-4417 for pickup; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. NOTE: All entries must be picked up by December 31, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. AFTER such date, the Fair reserves the right to destroy or dispose of non-claimed items at its discretion. Each person who enters an item at the fair does so on the condition and with the understanding that he or she forfeits any and all legal rights and claims to his or her entered items that is not picked up by the deadlines described in this section.

B. Premium checks will be distributed at the same time articles on exhibit are available for return to exhibitors. Premium checks not picked up during those dates will be mailed to exhibitors at the address listed on their entry form. You may also donate any premiums won to the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) to support their mission of preserving and improving the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds and buildings, and supporting State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational programs. Should you choose to donate your premiums, you may sign over your check when you pick up your article(s).

Creative Activities Rules & Premium Book 2016

DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS, AND FOR YOUR SAFETY, vehicles coming to the fair will be subject to inspection. In addition, we ask exhibitors to work with us to maintain a safe and secure environment for all our guests. Please follow the below instructions for the delivery of entries to the Creative Activities Building. Please note this only pertains to the delivery of entries prior to the start of the fair. After the fair is over, the main gate off Snelling Avenue (Gate 5) will re-open for the return of entries.


• Beginning Aug. 8, vehicles will be required to enter the grounds at Gate 0 (access off Larpenteur Ave. or via Hoyt Ave. off of Snelling Ave.). Individual vehicle inspections may occur at this location.

• Follow Dan Elmer Way to Randall Ave. and turn left. Take the first right on Underwood St. Follow Underwood St. to Dan Patch Ave. and turn left at Visitor’s Plaza. Go two blocks and the Creative Activities Building is on the corner of Cosgrove and Dan Patch (just inside the main gate).

• After dropping off entries, take Cosgrove to Randall Ave., and turn left. Remain on Randall for three blocks. Turn right on Dan Elmer Way, and exit the fairgrounds onto Larpenteur Ave. or Snelling Ave.

• Public vehicle traffic is not allowed on the grounds during the fair. Exhibitors choosing to participate in Special Contests held during the fair will need to bring their entries to the Creative Activities Building on foot. The purchase of a gate admission ticket is required to deliver item.

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TABLE LINEN No painted designs. No crocheted or knitted items in classes 100-125. No tree skirts, plastic needlepoint canvas, pillow cases, aprons, dishtowels, dish cloths, pot holders, doilies, or napkins accepted. Articles to be hand-stitched with a threaded needle.

LUNCH CLOTH Length under two (2) yards (over 30 in. but under 72 in.). No crochet.

100 Cross stitch

101 Counted thread embroidery

102 Embroidery

103 Foreign type work

104 Place mats (4)

105 Not otherwise specified (NOS)

DINNER CLOTH Two (2) yards or over. Embroidery; no net or sequins.

106 Cross stitch

107 Embroidery

108 Foreign type work

109 Not otherwise specified (NOS)

110 Sweepstakes, classes 100-109 (do not enter)

TABLE RUNNER OR CENTERPIECE A table runner must be at least twice as long as it is wide. Centerpieces no smaller than 24 in. in any direction. Runners no smaller than 150 sq. in. No crochet in classes 111-114.

111 Appliqué

112 Cross stitch

113 Embroidery

114 Counted thread embroidery

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