Livestock Exhibits: Frequently Asked Questions



Who is eligible to enter competitive exhibits at the NC State Fair?

Livestock shows that are OPEN TO THE WORLD are Dairy Cattle (001), Beef Cattle, (004), Market Barrow (009), Market Gilt (010),  Commercial Gilt (011), Meat Breeds Sheep (015), Dairy Goats (018), Pygmy Goats (020), Wool Breeds Sheep (021) Meat Goats Show 1(023), Meat Goats Show 2 (024), and Open Commercial Doe - Meat Goats (026).  The rest of the livestock shows are open to North Carolina only.

How do I enter competitions at the Fair?

Consult the online edition of the 2016 N.C. State Fair Livestock Entries Premium Book for complete information.  Entry deadline for all livestock shows is September 15, 2016.  Go to for online entry and to print paper entry forms.  Instructions on how to fill out the paper form are located on pages 14 and 15 of the online Livestock Premium Book.

Is there a fee for entering livestock competitions at the Fair?

Entry Fees are required for all entries in the senior and open classes of the Livestock Division.  Entries exclusively in the junior livestock shows are not subject to fees. Fees are explained fully on page 22 of the online Livestock Premium Book.

Can I choose not to provide my social security number on entry forms?

A valid Social Security or Federal Tax ID number is required if the exhibitor wishes to receive premiums for placings they win at the Fair.  Failure to provide Social Security or Federal Tax ID numbers at the time of registration will result in the exhibitor forfeiting any premiums won.  

Parents:  Do not list your social security number on behalf of your children.  Social Security and Federal Tax ID numbers given must match the name of the entrant on the entry forms.  Federal ID numbers cannot be used for individuals and Social Security numbers cannot be used for farms.  IRS guidelines require the NC State Fair to submit social security information to them on every premium that is paid by the Fair, no matter the amount or age of the entrant.

If nothing is entered in the Social Security or Federal Tax ID number field online, or if the Social Security or Federal Tax ID number of an entrant is omitted from an entry form that is mailed, then this will be interpreted as forfeiture of any premiums won.  Ribbons will be awarded whether or not this information is given. 

How will I know that my entry form has been received by the Fair?

If you entered online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Blue Ribbon Online Registration Site.  Make sure that your confirmation e-mail does not say “pending” at the top of the e-mail.  If it does, then your registration is incomplete and you need to sign-in and submit the information.  If you enter online, you do not need to mail an entry form to the Entry Department. 

If I miss the entry deadline(s), can I submit a late entry?


No.  Once the entry deadline has closed for a particular department, no further entries will be accepted.  This allows for adequate time to process the entries we receive and respects the fellow entrants who followed the rules and regulations requested by the Fair.

What are the health regulations for animals entered into a Livestock Show?

All health regulations are explained on page 23 of the Livestock Premium Book.

Can I leave with my animal after the show?

There is a release time for each show.  Premiums will be forfeited if animals are removed from stall space before the release time unless approved by the show superintendent.

When will I receive a check for the premiums I win at the Fair?


The processing of information can take several weeks after the Fair closes.  Premium checks will be mailed to prize winning exhibitors no later than 60 days after the Fair.  Errors in premium statements will be corrected until January 31, 2017, after which time the books of the 2016 Fair will be closed.