ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Fair recently announced the creation of the Minnesota State Fair Online Marketplace, as well as four virtual competition showcases  for fair guests to enter this summer.

The Minnesota State Fair Online Marketplace currently features 240 vendors. Many of them will offer State Fair deals and special merchandise, and the online hub will be available through Dec. 31. Each vendor promotional page in the marketplace will include a description of their business and what they sell, website link, photo of their State Fair space, location at the 2019 State Fair, and their contact information. The link is https://www.mnstatefair.org/fair-finder/shops/

The Minnesota State Fair competition department is offering four virtual showcases for 2020. Entry photos will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Aug. 27. State Fair staff picks will be announced on the fair’s social media channels between Aug. 28 and Sept. 7.

The showcases include:

Cookie Decorating — Decorate cookies depicting a favorite fair activity.

Crop Art — Enter in the advanced or the amateur class.

K-12 Artwork and Photography —All who enter will receive a certificate of participation via email. Entries include photography (black and white or color) and drawing/painting (using any medium including but not limited to: crayons, markers, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media).

Quilt On-A-Stick — Features the 2020 theme, “Fishing in Minnesota: The One That Got Away.” Maximum dimensions are 8 inches by 9 inches and can use any quilting method – machine or by hand – with a paint stirrer as the stick.

More information on each showcase and how to enter can be found at https://www.mnstatefair.org/competitions/competition-2020/

This article was submitted by the Minnesota State Fair.