Registration of Market Animals for 2015 Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 10th.  The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 12th.

Market Beef
Registration opens: March 23
Deadline: April 10 at 4 pm
pdf Steer Registration Instructions
pdf Code of Ethics

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 23rd.  The Fair Administration Office will have extended hours on Wednesday, April 8th, from 8am to 6pm to accept entries.  The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 10th.  Goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 26th.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 12th.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above.  Along with the completed entry form and entry fees the exhibitor must also present a photograph of themselves with their market animal and a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request this Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Entry forms and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms with the additional required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group.  Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2015 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 16th.  A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2015 “Catch the Fair Bug” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 12th through 16th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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