Junior Livestock Department

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training certification is a new state-wide requirement for all youth entering livestock in a 2019 California Fair (see 
http://yqca.org for more details).  Proof of course completion will be required in order to complete your online Blue Ribbon Entries and participate in 2019 AgFest.   


Eligibility and Age Requirements
Livestock Exhibitor Rules
Livestock Entry Limits
Ownership Requirements for Livestock Exhibition
Entry Info Rules
General Rules
Ethics and Health Rules
Protest Policy and Procedures
Junior Livestock Auction
Milk Parlor Rules and Information
Fire Marshal Requirements
Health Inspector Requirements

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Eligibility and Age Requirements

Unless otherwise noted AgFest is open to all eligible youth residents of San Joaquin County or FFA members who attend a San Joaquin County District School

4-H CLUB MEMBERS:  Eligible members only who are under the supervision of the University of California Cooperative Extension.  Junior, Intermediate and Senior members must be 9 years old on December 31 of the previous year.   Exhibitors are able to compete/exhibit through December 31stof the year they turn 19 years of age.  Exhibitors will be placed/penned within their appropriate Organizations.

FFA (FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA):  Eligible members only who are under the supervision of the Bureau of Agricultural Education.  FFA members may participate as members until the end of the calendar year following the year of graduation from high school.  All entries in FFA divisions are open to FFA members belonging to the following chapters:  Bear Creek, Delta Charter, East Union, Escalon, Linden, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Sierra, Ripon, Ripon Christian, Tokay, Tracy, Merrill West and Weston Ranch.  

GRANGE:  Eligible Grange members who are under the supervision of the California State Grange.  Grange members must be at least 5 years old on January 1stto exhibit.  Members must be 9 years old on January 1stto exhibit large animals.  Exhibitors are able to compete/exhibit through December 31stof the year they turn 19 years of age. Exhibitors will be place/penned within their age appropriate classes/barn – 4ththrough 8thgrade will be placed in 4-H classes and 9thgrade and older will be placed with the FFA classes.

INDEPENDENT YOUTH EXHIBITORS: Independentexhibitors in grades 4-8thwill be placed/penned with 4-H and grades 9thand above will be placed/penned with FFA. Members must be residents of San Joaquin County and at least 9 years old by January 1. Exhibitors are able to compete/exhibit through December 31stof the year they turn 19 years of age. Exhibitors will be place/penned within their age appropriate classes/barn – 4ththrough 8thgrade will be placed in 4-H classes and 9thgrade and older will be placed with the FFA classes.

PLEASE NOTE: Independent youth entering any animal must provide SJCJSAC with a project management report (available online), with the Exhibitor/Parent Signed Agreement by 2/20/19.  The Bill of Sale in Exhibitor’s name, submit pictures electronically with exhibitors name in the subject line to agfestlvstck@gmail.com(4 views, face, both sides & back including Exhibitor’s face in pictures with their animal), permanent tag and/or tattoo information, by date specified in Owner Requirements.   

Youth may be ineligible to participate as Independent if documented disciplinary action involving their project(s) has been taken against them by 4-H, FFA or Grange organizations. Length of ineligibility to be determined by AgFest management. 

Juniors who have been 4-H, FFA or Grange project members within 30 days for dairy or breeding, 60 days for market animals or 120 days for market beef and replacement heifers prior to AgFest are not eligible to compete in that project as Independent juniors or enter project(s) under a different organization. 

UNIFORMS: All Grange & FFA exhibitors, helpers, and chapter groups while showing at AgFest will wear the official Grange & FFA show uniform.  4-H Exhibitors, helpers and club groups are to wear a plain white long or short-sleeved shirt with collar, white pants, 4-H hat and 4-H tie or scarf.   Independent youth exhibitorswill wear white pants and white long or short-sleeved shirt, no hat/cap. All exhibitors must wear closed toe shoes.

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Livestock Exhibitor Rules 

  1. All 2019 State Rules for California Fairs set forth by the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Division of Fairs and Expositions (F & E) apply.  State rulebooks are available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Fairs_&_Expositions/Fair_Information/State_Rules_for_California_Fairs.asp
  2. AgFest Management shall deny entry or disqualify and remove any exhibit or exhibitor that is ineligible for competition under State and Local rules or endangers the public or has violated State and Local rules.
  3. Junior exhibitors are expected to groom and care for their own animal(s) when at AgFest, exhibitors shall refrain from accepting active assistance from adults, and non-exhibiting youth unless the junior exhibitor is actively engaged, and the assistance is only for instruction.  The use of professional groomers will be cause for disqualification of the member and/or animal.  Disqualification consist withholding premium money and ribbons, elimination from further competition and/or removal from the auction.  The intent of this rule is for junior exhibitors to work on their own animal.
  4. When it is impossible for an exhibitor to show all his/her own animals, only another junior livestock exhibitor with an animal being exhibited at AgFest is eligible to assist him/her.  Except in the case of excusable absence, the exhibitors must be present in the ring with animals for both show and sale unless prior arrangements have been made with the Livestock Superintendent.
  5. All youth exhibitors must be accompanied/supervised by an adult while on the Fairgrounds.
  6. All exhibitors must have a stall card on their pen-identifying exhibitor, animal and club/chapter/independent.
  7. All exhibits and displays must remain in place until release time.
  8. All Livestock must be in place and checked in by the times stated in the 2019 Daily Schedule.
  9. AgFest management is not responsible for errors on entry forms. No exhibitor shall be entitled to an award that has been disallowed as the result of his/her own error.
  10. SJCJSAC is not responsible for the death, loss, or injury of any entry, although all care will be taken to protect the animal.

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Livestock Entry Limits

  1. According to 4-H and FFA agreement, if animal is a 4-H project it cannot be entered in FFA classes, nor may FFA animals be entered in 4-H Classes.
  2. An exhibitor is allowed to show a total of 2 large market animals or 2 small market animals or 1 of each in either    4-H, FFA, Grange or Independent including Dairy Replacement Heifer.
  3. An exhibitor is only allowed to sell one animal.
  4. The second animal not eligible for the sale must stay on the Fairgrounds until release time; all second animals must be removed by Thursday, June 13th, 2019.

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Ownership Requirements for Livestock Exhibition

Listed below are the numbers of consecutive days the exhibitor must own his/her animal prior to the opening of AgFest. Ownership must be maintained through show date(s). The Livestock Superintendent may demand such proof of ownership as necessary.

Replacement Heifers2/1/2019
Beef 2/10/19 – 120 days
Sheep, meat goats and swine4/10/19 –  60 days
Rabbits, poultry, and turkeys5/10/19 – 30 days
All breeding, Dogs and feeder animals5/10/19 – 30 days

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Entry Info Rules

  1. Entry deadline is Wednesday, May 1th 2019 at midnight.
  2. Entries received after Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at midnight will be considered late and subject to a late fee of $100 plus the published entry fee for the specie/project entered.  ALL ENTRIES CLOSE WITHOUT EXCEPTION ON MAY 5th MIDNIGHT – NO ENTRIES AT ALL ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 5th.
  3. All entries will be submitted on-line.  Breeding papers must be submitted to the Livestock Superintendent/AgFest management before showing.
    • Projects have been under their supervision in accordance with the rules and regulations of the organization and AgFest
    • The entry is the project of the exhibitor and is eligible for exhibit
  5. Market Animals Bills of Sale:  Swine, Goat & Sheep are to be turned in at Ear Tag pick up.
  6. Market Animals Bills of Sale: Beef and Small Animals at Check-In, Scales, Vet Check – see Species Specific. 
  7. Showmanship is included in all entry fees.
  8. State rules pertaining to minimum identification requirements will be enforced.
  9. Co-ownership under ranch or dairy name or breeding partnerships is not allowed. No livestock (excluding rabbit and poultry) exhibit owned solely by a chapter or club, conducted as a joint project by two or more individuals, or jointly owned by two or more individuals is eligible in the junior department, unless the division or class specifically so states.
  10. In the “All Other Breeds” division, animals entered in an exhibitor’s group must be of one breed.
  11. Classes may be combined when there are four or less entries for meaningful competition.
  12. After weighing, market animals will be divided into classes by weight as desired by Livestock Superintendent for convenience in judging. 
  13. Additional Charges:  A $3.00 Insurance Fee and a $3.00 online processing fee will be assessed per Exhibitor during online entry.   

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General Rules

  1. AgFest does not provide any bedding for any animals. ALL Exhibitors must provide own bedding.  All animals will be bedded on straw or shavings.  Only bedding bags will be permitted on top of shavings and must be kept clean at all times.
  2. Instructors, advisors, leaders, parents and other adults in charge shall be responsible for the supervision of their exhibitors at all times. 
  3. Market animals to be tagged with official AgFest ear tags prior to check in and the only other tags permissible will be Scrapie program tags and State Fair issue tags. 
  4. Breeding: All registered animals must be permanently identified prior to entry on the Fairgrounds or they will be disqualified. When identification numbers are in both ears, both numbers shall be recorded on the entry form: 
    • Breeding beef, dairy cattle, dairy goats and Boer goats must be tattooed. 
    • Sheep must have both scrapie and flock tags. 
    • Hogs must be ear notched.
    • Commercial Boer goats must have scrapie tags.  
  5. Breeding: To qualify for entry and judging, the following information must be provided with online entries: 
    • Identification of each animal at least by: dam, birthdate, ear tag, notching, tattoo or the registration number and breed. 
    • Registration number of the sire for Get of Sire entries. 
    • Registration number of the dam for Produce of Dam entries. 
    • If the above information is completed after close of entry, a $7.00 penalty fee per entry may be required by the SJCJSAC prior to judging to qualify for judging.  See State Rule VIII for more information.  AgFest management reserves the right to combine or separate breeds according to entry. 
  6. Any exhibitor, who wishes to remove livestock exhibits prior to the official release time, must request the early removal in writing, in advance and receive AgFest management approval prior to removing livestock from the grounds.  Any exhibitor who does not request and receive authorization in advance will have premiums and/or privileges withheld, as appropriate. 
  7. Exhibitors may be required to disconnect any nonessential electrical appliances, fixtures, etc., in the event of a major loss of power on the grounds, rolling blackouts by Pacific Gas and Electric, or other emergency as determined by AgFest management.
  8. No pets will be permitted in the livestock or RV area for any reason. Only animals entered in competition are allowed on the fairgrounds.  Service dogs and 4-H guide dogs should report to the livestock office so their presence may be noted.  Please respect this rule.
  9. No overnight camping by 4-H, FFA, Grange or Independent youth exhibitors allowed in the barn areas.  
  10. Reserved Wall Parking and RV Camping Reservations can only be made through AgFest. 4-H Leaders can pre-order Wall Parking passes at the March 5th mandatory meeting. RV spaces on the Grass will be issued by lottery at the March 5th mandatory meeting. All other Only accepted through the website entries at www.sanjoaquinagfest.org ONLINE ENTRIES – space is limited.  
  11. No exhibitor will be allowed to stay in RV overnight without adult supervision 21 yrs. and older.
  12. No admittance to the Livestock Barns is permitted after 11:00 p.m. or prior to 5:00 a.m.
  13. All livestock barns/pens are to be cleaned by 8:00 a.m. daily and debris placed in designated areas only.
  14. All Exhibitors are responsible to completely clean out their pens on Sale Day. For FFA Swine moving to 4-H Barn for sale that includes those pens as well. 
  15. All market classes will be judged using either Danish or American Style Judging system of judging.  Please refer to individual species dept.
  16. AgFest management reserves the final and absolute right to interpret the rules and regulations.

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Ethics and Health Rules

  1. No youth exhibitor may exhibit a market animal, which has been sold through a fair Junior Livestock Auction.
  2. AgFest management reserves the right to test any animal entered in any division, at any time, without notice, for foreign substances including but not limited to drugs, chemicals or feed additives
  3. Unnatural force filling or drenching with any sort of apparatus of animals by any means with any materials, for any reason is prohibited. Any violation of this rule will cause the animal and exhibitor to be disqualified from the show and sale and removed from the Fairgrounds immediately.
  4. FOR SHEEP AND GOATS,the Processor is requiring a withdrawal statement stating, “No Added Hormone” and those animals are “Hormone Free.”  
  6. Animals that arrive on the Fairgrounds with any evidence of communicable disease or exhibit any unsightly condition will be disqualified and immediately removed from the Fairgrounds.  This includes external parasites.  No animal medications can be administered on Fairgrounds without authorization from the Livestock Superintendent. 
  7. AgFest management reserves the right to require health inspections and/or diagnostic tests to be performed before, during or after animals are on the fairgrounds and to implement disease control procedures, which may become necessary in the event of an emergency.  The health of animals, when determined by the official veterinarian, shall be final.  Exhibitors who refuse to allow their animals to be examined shall be disqualified and such violation shall be reported to F&E.  No refund will be made.
  8. All meat producing livestock for slaughter must adhere to all withdraw requirements as labeled. 
  9. Muzzles of any kind are prohibited.
  10. All sheep must be docked so the tail is healed and can be lifted from the exterior. Lambs that have no dock will not be eligible.
  11. All Market Sheep and Goats must have milk teeth.
  12. All Market sheep and goats, and Commercial Sheep and Goats without accompanying registration papers must be tagged with official Scrapie Tags. 
  13. Goats to be disbudded.  Goats with horns or scurs cannot be longer than 2″ and must be tipped. 
  14. Castration sites must be healed and free of inflammation.
  15. Hogs must be free of excessive mud to allow for a reasonable health inspection for parasites. Lice or ticks must be treated prior to arrival at AgFest. 
  16. See Specie specific for shearing and clipping lengths at check in. 
  17. Bull / Cattle leads or nose tongs allowed on bulls only.
  18. It is unlawful to remove official identification. Requests to remove an official ID ear tag must be submitted to CDFA, AHFSS in writing at least 72 hours prior to the need to remove the tag. The request must include a photo of the ID, the reason the ID must be removed, and all other official ID ear tag on the animal.
  19. Cattle Entries from California
    • All female dairy cattle four (4) months of age and over and beef cattle (12) months of age and over must bear evidence of official calf-hood vaccination against brucellosis with a legible, official tattoo visible in the right ear. 
    • All dairy cattle and beef bulls changing ownership require and official ID ear tag. 
    • All dairy cattle born after January 1, 2017 require official ID ear tag applied prior to leaving their premises. 
    • Acceptable methods for Official Identification of cattle include:
      1. Official brucellosis calf-hood vaccination tags
      2. USDA metal “silver brite” tags
      3. Tags conforming to Animal Identification Number (AIN) system (commonly known as an 840 tags) 
  20. Cattle Entries from Other States:
    • All exhibition cattle entering California require official individual identification (ID), and Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) obtained within 30 days before movement into the state listing official ID and a California entry permit within 15 days prior to entry.  
    • Cattle do not require a brucellosis test unless originating from a designated brucellosis surveillance area
    • All bulls 18 months of age and over, and non-virgin bulls less than 18 months of age, require a negative PCR Trichomonosis test within 60 days prior to entry except bulls used solely forexhibition, confined to the exhibition location and without access to mature female cattle, that will return directly to the state of origin after exhibition. 
  21. Sheep and Goat Entries from California
    • All sheep and goats entering fairs require official individual identification that must be kept on the animals. Acceptable official identification includes:
      1. Official USDA individual identification ear tags
        • Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tags with 840 numbers
        • Ear tags containing a premises/flock number with an individual animal number
        • Ear tags containing a letter/number combination for serial numbers
      2. Legible registration tattoos in the ears (or tail-web of La Mancha goats) if accompanied by breed association registration papers.
      3. Electronic implants (microchips) or Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) when accompanied by registration papers and microchip scanner RFID reader.
    • Fairs will not accept animals from scrapie-infected flocks, scrapie source flocks, or scrapie “non-compliant” flocks.
    • Fairs will keep records of the consignor, buyer, and animal identification information for five (5) years when animals change ownership in a public sale at the fair.
  22. Sheep & Goats Entries from Other States:  
    • All exhibition sheep and goats entering California require official individual identification (ID), an Interstate Livestock Entry Permit, and an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) obtained within thirty (30) days before movement into the state with a scrapie statement “The animals are not scrapie positive or suspect or from a scrapie non-compliant flock” that lists the official identification. 
    • Acceptable official identification includes: 
      1. Official USDA individual identification ear tags 
        • Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tags with 840 numbers
        • Ear tags containing a premises/flock number with an individual animal number
        • Ear tags containing a letter/number combination for serial numbers 
      2. Legible registration tattoos in the ears (or tail-web of La Mancha goats) if accompanied by breed association registration papers 
      3. Electronic implants (microchips) or Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) when accompanied by registration papers and microchip scanner RFID reader.
  23. Swine Entries from Other States:  
    • All exhibition swine entering California require official individual identification (ID), an interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) obtained within thirty days before movement into the state. Official ID must be listed on the ICVI along with a California entry permit, which must be obtained prior to entry and is valid for 15 days once issued
    • Acceptable forms of Official Identification include
      1. Official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ear tags – A tamper-resistant metal or plastic official identification tag with high retention rate that provides unique identification for individual animals. It must bear the US shield and conform to one of the following numbering systems: National Uniform Ear-tagging System (NUES), Animal Identification Number (AIN) or Premises Identification Number (PIN).

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Protest Policy and Procedures

  1. Protests will be considered only if there has been a violation of State or Local Rules that have not been enforced. Decisions of judges, veterinarians, weighmasters, breed callers, tail dock officials and timers cannot be protested and are final. 
  2. All protests must be presented to AgFest Management in writing within 24 hours of the alleged violations, or 24 hours after results are available to the public, to the Livestock Office.   A $500.00 deposit must accompany protests, (cash, money order or certified check made payable to SJCJSAC) if the protest relates to violations of State Rules concerning animal health.  Deposits will be returned if the protest is determined valid.  If protest is upheld, the violator may be held liable for any portion of the direct cost incurred by AgFest to resolve the protest.
  3. AgFest will make every effort to resolve protests as quickly as possible, within 24 hours, if all information can be gathered. 
  4. AgFest will appoint a committee of two Board Members and the Livestock Superintendent or a designee to hear and resolve the protest. This committee will be appointed at least 30 days before the opening of AgFest. If any of the members are unavailable, the Committee Chairperson may ask another Board Member to serve. 
    • At the discretion of AgFest Protest Committee, judging can be delayed to allow time for AgFest to resolve the protest if to do so does not unreasonably delay or disrupt the operations of the remainder of AgFest judging and auction events. 
    • If judging is not delayed, Exhibits involved in a filed protest will be eligible to compete until protest is resolved.  Classes that involve the protested exhibit will not become official until protest is resolved. 

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Junior Livestock Auction

  1. Only animals that place “market ready” will sell through the auction sale.
  2. All Supreme Champion, Reserve Supreme Champion, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market animals/Replacement Heifers are required to sell; if the same exhibitor owns two animals, exhibitor must sell the higher placing champion. If exhibitor has two animals with the same Champion placing, then they can select which to sell – See #3   
  3. Exhibitors with two market animals will have one hour from the conclusion of their last market show to declare at the livestock office, which animal is not selling. If you have the same specie animal, or an animal that will not be sold, it is one hour after that show. 
  4. If an exhibitor does not inform the livestock office that they are not selling within that allotted period, the superintendents retain the right to choose which animal sells, decision is final. 
  5. All exhibitors selling in the Junior Livestock Auction MUST wear the official show uniform of the organization they represent. Independents must wear all white.
  6. All exhibitors must sell their own animal.  Emergencies will be handled on an individual basis and must be approved by Livestock Superintendent. 
  7. All large and small animals with the exception of the Dairy Replacement Heifers sold at the Junior Livestock Auction will be sent to the commercial packer for harvest, as this is a terminal sale. No live pickup. 
  8. Please check the daily schedule for when the sale order will be posted and the deadline for submitting any changes to the livestock office. It is your responsibility to notify the livestock office of any errors/changes before the posted deadline.  
  9. All Supreme Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion shall be sold first followed by the other champion animals in order of judge’s placing. Following the Champions, animals will alternate 4-H, FFA, Grange and Independent in order of their placing in the class.
  10. Any exhibitor and animal getting out of sale order will be moved to the end of the sale of that specie. 
  11. If a designated sale animal that has been given a lot number for the sale is removed from the Fairgrounds and or taken home in error, it may not be returned to the Fairgrounds.  The wrong animal kept at the fair will not be eligible to sell. 
  12. If an animal is pulled from the sale, without the knowledge of the Livestock Superintendents, disciplinary action may be taken. 
  13. All exhibitors selling in the Livestock Auction must carry the paperwork to their buyer and insure that their club/chapter takes their animal back to the sale pen areas. 
  14. All Exhibitors selling Turkeys and Meat Bird Pairs through the auction are responsible to take their sale animals to the Processor (On Airport Road, Lathrop) on Sunday, June 16th, 2019, at a time that will be provided at the move in and are responsible to arrange with the Buyer for delivery, preferably on Sunday, June 16th, 2019.  
  15. All Exhibitors selling Fryers and Meat Pen (Rabbits) through the auction are responsible for delivery to their buyer after processing.  Please check with the Barn Chair at check in for the pick-up time and date of the processed rabbit/pen and arrange to deliver to the buyer. 
  16. Exhibitors of Market Poultry and Rabbits failing to deliver their sold purchases, may have their checks withheld, or disciplinary action taken.   
  17. Seller to be paid within 45 days after receipt of full payment from buyer. 
  18. Any carcass of an auctioned animal rejected by the processing organization for drugs will result in the exhibitor’s forfeiture of sale and monies received must be returned to the Auction Committee.
  19. Any animal not accepted by processing plant and verified “Unfit” by a veterinarian or qualified inspector will be replaced by the exhibitor with an animal of similar grade and quality, or amount of resale value.
  20. All market animals to be sold in the Junior Livestock Auction mustturn in a BILL OF SALE indicating ownership in the name of the youth exhibitor at the time and location specified by specie.  A note or letter from the previous owner or Brand Inspector is sufficientproof of ownership.  If this is an owner bred/raised animal, please submit letter indicating Dam/Sire and date born. 
  21. A Yellow Consignment slip is mandatory when transporting any type of cattle to AgFest.
  22. All exhibitors selling animals at the livestock auction will be assessed the following charges:
    • Up to 7% on the purchased price of each animal.  This is to cover the liability insurance fee and the disappearance or death of animal or other discrepancies that may occur and to offset auction expenses.
    • Beef and Dairy exhibitors pay $1.10 for Brand Inspection
    • Beef and Dairy exhibitors pay $1.00 for Beef check-off
    • Sheep exhibitors pay $3.00 to Superior Farms for carcass data
    • Sheep exhibitors pay $.07/lb. for Sheep check-off
    • Swine exhibitors pay $00.004 of gross sale to Pork check-off

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Milk Parlor Rules and Information

  1. All milk from cows and dairy goats milked at AgFest will be allowed in the milk tank.  NO milk to be disposed into the sewage drains or garbage.
  2. Cows must be milked at the time you sign up.  If you miss your scheduled milking time, you will go to the end of the schedule for that milking.  If you are going to miss your milking time, contact the Barn Supervisor.
  3. Exhibitors and their helpers are required to clean any manure and/or leftover feed from the tie-racks, or any area used to tie out cattle for stall cleaning. 

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Fire Marshal Requirements 

  1. Electrical cords need to be connected to a power strip that has an on/off control. 
  2. NO electrical cords on the ground.  Elevate cords by using zip ties.
  3. NO black electrical tape shall be allowed to cover splices in cords.
  4. NO gasoline shall be stored in the barn area.
  5. Fire hoses are for Fairgrounds use only and are not to be used by any exhibitors except in case of fire.
  6. No BBQ or any electrical cooking devices in the Barns – including Crock Pots. 
  7. NO Parking in the fire lanes.
  8. See RV Parking rules for additional requirements

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Health Inspector Requirements

  1. No Ice Chests/Food to be stored in the Barns. No consumption of food and drinks in the barns will be permitted. 
  2. Please wash your hands after handling animals and when leaving the barn areas.