The cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair and most county fairs in Minnesota has greatly affected Minnesota 4-H and FFA livestock project members in 2020. Many of the youth with livestock projects have had very limited opportunities to exhibit their animals this year. This situation is why a group of youth livestock volunteers have planned the first ever Minnesota Youth Livestock Expo (MYLE) for Aug. 19-23 in Fairmont and Jackson, Minn.

The MYLE beef, sheep and meat goat shows will be held at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Fairmont, and the swine show will be held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson.

The MYLE show is open to all Minnesota 4-H and FFA members and any other Minnesota youth between the ages of 8-21 years old as of Jan. 1, 2020. Youth may enter multiple animals in each species.

The entry deadline for the MYLE show is July 31. All entries will take place through an online entry system. The entry form, a complete show schedule and other information is available at

In order to adequately cover expenses and to be able to provide awards and prize money to the youth exhibitors in the MYLE show, donations and sponsorships from businesses and individuals are greatly appreciated. More information is available on the MYLE website.

Questions concerning the MYLE show can be directed to organizers Kent Thiesse, (507) 381-7960; Steve Pomerenke, (507) 525-0986; or Linette Freking, (507) 841-0400.

This article was submitted by MYLE organizer Kent Thiesse.