Nominate Your Favorite Barn! Friends of Minnesota Barns Contest!

Real Estate Agent with Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

I love this idea.  Minnesota Firth Annual “Barn of the Year Contest” is seekingnominations from barn owners to help select this year’s winning barn. 


I had never heard of this before but, all nominated barns must be at least 50 years old….driver’s license or photo ID will be accepted along with place of residence. 


The barns will “compete” in one of six categories:  Best agricultural adaptive reuse; Best non-agricultural adaptive reuse; Best barn conversion to living quarters. Most dramatic rescue; Most faithful restoration and Most unique barn.  

The contest runs from now through August 21, 2012.  Application forms are available at the Friends of Minnesota Barns website  Only electronic applications are accepted.  But you can call John Kuester at 641-502-8018 (cell) with questions. 

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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Suzanne, I would love to see the contestants, great contest.. A barn contest that is so American! Fun.


Jul 14, 2012 09:07 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Suzanne -- what an interesting idea.  I hope you post some of the entries and the winners.  

Jul 14, 2012 09:20 AM #2
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Well there seems to be a contest for everything else, why not barns?  Be sure to post the winner.

Jul 14, 2012 09:28 AM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Suzanne, No kidding, a barn contest? I am sure there are some proud barn owners that are chomping at the bit to show what a great barn they have. It must be a man thing.

Jul 14, 2012 10:07 AM #4
Shannon Lewis
Beringer Realty - Champaign, IL
Realtor, Broker - Champaign-Urbana, IL

What a cool contest! I'd love to see something like that around here. How fun!

Jul 14, 2012 10:47 AM #5
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I am going to contact the Friends of Minnesota Barns organization and ask if I can post some of the pictures from each category.  I think just seeing some of these would be so much fun!

Jul 14, 2012 11:04 AM #6
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

You know I love barns,   I have built quite a few birdhouse replicas of people's barns from around here.  So, when you get the photos, I will be watching to see if there is something worth replicating.  Thanks for the heads up!

Jul 14, 2012 11:15 AM #7
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Me too! ' Would love to see the entries/winners- what a fantastic idea.  Never met a barn I didn't like- LOL

Jul 14, 2012 01:05 PM #8
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Now there's an interesting contest. I'd love to see the pictures from the different categories, if you can get them.

Jul 14, 2012 02:04 PM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I am a big city Gal ;but this looks interesting ..Hope to see some pictures !



Jul 15, 2012 03:54 AM #10
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

I have been asked to sell a barn conversion, but they are a tough sell in any economy.  And during the last few years, even tougher.

Jul 15, 2012 06:01 AM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a great contest. I would love to be a judge in this one. The midwest has some pretty neat old barns. I know I grew up in Iowa and Illinois.

Jul 15, 2012 01:15 PM #12
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