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State Fair competition entry deadlines announced

The state's best in art, education and agriculture will be on display at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Winning exhibitors will be awarded ribbons, trophies and more than $1 million in cash prizes.

For complete prize lists and information on how to enter Minnesota State Fair competitions, visit; e-mail; or call (651) 288-4417.

Deadlines for entering Minnesota State Fair competitions are as follows:

Fine arts (registration): July 2

Dairy products: July 13

Horses: July 23

Cattle, FFA: July 30

Cattle, open class: July 30

Pigeons: August 1

Poultry: August 1

Rabbits: August 1

Dairy & boer goats: August 6

Llamas: August 6

Market goats, FFA: August 6

Sheep, FFA: August 6

Sheep, open class: August 6

Stock dog trials: August 6

Swine, FFA: August 6

Swine, open class: August 6

Creative activities (baked & canned goods pre-registration): August 7

Creative activities delivery: see website for details

Education (pre-registration): August 7

Education delivery: see website for details

Christmas trees: August 8

Judging contests, FFA: August 8

Crop art & scarecrow: August 10

Crops, FFA: August 10

Farm crops: August 10

State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship: August 10

Flowers: August 13

Fruits: August 13

Honey & bee culture: August 13

Vegetables & potatoes: August 13

Wine: August 13

Tractor driving, FFA: August 20

New Corn: August 30