N.C. State Fair Division
Agriculture and youth livestock events are at the heart of the North Carolina State Fair. While many changes have occurred in 2020, the 2020 N.C. State Fair intends to offer a modified livestock show program for junior competitors; however, open livestock shows will not be held this year. We encourage our youth livestock exhibitors to continue working with their projects to be ready for the show ring this fall. This is a significant time and financial commitment these young people are making, and we want to be able to recognize their hard work in a way that is safe. In the past, the agriculture and agribusiness community, along with Fair operators and vendors, have been tremendous supporters of our junior livestock shows, and their support will be even more critical going forward. Some may be in a position to support the shows this year, some may not. If your farm or business would like to be a sponsor of the junior livestock shows, please contact Neil Bowman at 919-270-7094 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competition Forms and General Information
Livestock Competition Departments
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Due to Covid-19, check in, weigh in and other rules listed below are subject to change. Up to date changes will be posted in the NC State Fair Livestock newsletter and the NC State Fair livestock Facebook page. Any such updates take precedence over statements in premium book.
To be eligible for premiums, individuals must provide the Fair with their social security number at the time of registration. Exhibitors who choose not to disclose their full social security number at the time of registration (paper entry forms or online), even if they have submitted an entry in the past, forfeit any and all premium monies to which they may be entitled.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Updated August 5, 2020|
|Why is this decision being made now?
Youth livestock exhibitors and their families need to make the commitment now to care for and work with animals in order to be ready for the show ring in the fall. Restrictions on gatherings as a result of COVID-19 have forced many fairs around the country to cancel events and/or entire fairs. The North Carolina State Fair is not immune from those concerns. NCDA&CS believes we can safely organize and operate a youth livestock show in a modified format; therefore, in order to provide some certainty to this aspect of the North Carolina State Fair we have decided to move forward with a commitment to our youth livestock participants.
|Why will there be no open livestock show?
With the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, our focus is on providing youth opportunities for livestock projects this fall. The need to space out shows and people adds complexity to the North Carolina State Fair. Therefore, we have decided to focus efforts on how to best allow for the youth shows to take place.
|What shows are affected by this decision?
This announcement only involves the junior and open livestock shows. Those include beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, and wool breed sheep. At this time, premiums that may be offered are yet to be determined.
|Will canceled shows be rescheduled?
No. Only junior livestock shows will be held in 2020.
|Does this affect the Youth Poultry and Market Turkey Shows?
We are working with N.C. State University to determine the impacts to the poultry and market turkey shows and will announce those as soon as possible.
Does this affect the Special Livestock Show?
|Have livestock or poultry shows ever been canceled at the N.C. State Fair?
Some shows have been canceled/postponed/delayed in the past due to inclement weather events or animal communicable disease outbreaks.
|Will the shows be held on the traditional days and times?
At this time, show dates and times are under consideration as to how we can best manage resources, however we do anticipate that there will be some changes to the traditional schedule of events. Those will be communicated as soon as possible.
|Will there be changes to the entry process?
At this time there are no anticipated to changes to the entry process. Entries will open on August 1 and close on September 15.
|Will there be changes to where animals are housed during the shows?
Many options are being looked at regarding how to rotate to make use of our existing facilities. Some species may have to show off the trailer to better promote social distancing and make best use of available space and reduce some costs.
|Are there any new rules or requirements for the junior livestock shows?
We are working on all parameters of the modified shows now. As information is available, it will be posted on our website and the N.C. State Fair Livestock Show Facebook page. The premium book for livestock shows at the North Carolina State Fair will be released on August 1.
|How can I support the junior livestock shows?
We would welcome new sponsors at any level. Some of our previous sponsors may not be in a position to support youth livestock programs this year, so sponsorship levels may be down. If your farm or business would like to be a sponsor of the junior livestock shows, please contact Neil Bowman at 919-270-7094 or email at email@example.com. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Junior Livestock may do so here: go.ncsu.edu/statefairlivestock
|What steps is the fair taking to ensure the health and safety of livestock exhibitors?
Planning is ongoing for these modified events. CDC and public health recommendations will be followed to ensure the safety of the event.
|Will I still be able to watch the livestock competitions?
This is an evolving situation and we will provide updates as they are available. The allowance of spectators will be based on guidance for gatherings from the CDC and Public Health in North Carolina.