The 2020 Williams County Junior Far will take place September 12-17. Weigh-in day will be on Friday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Jr. Fair Livestock Sale will take place on Thursday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Please see below for an update from 4-H Educator Stacey Perry regarding the Jr. Fair:
Jr. Fair Schedule
- Jr. Fair Horse Show as been consolidated to being 1 day on Sunday with Versatility on Monday.
- Show day times have been spread apart to allow for cleaning of Show Pavilion, announcers stand, etc.
Weigh-In Day, Friday, September 11 from 8:00am-8:00pm.
- Animal Weigh-in Locations: 1. Swine—Swine Barn 2. Sheep, Goats, Cattle (beef & dairy)—Show Arena 3. Rabbits & Poultry—Rabbit Barn
- Market animals to be tagged
- Completing DUNFs & Destination Forms as part of check-in process
- Swine Exhibitors: Must bring Producer AND Parent/Exhibitors Ractopamine Free Affidavits
- Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNFs)
- This year will be available at your weigh-in location
- For Dairy exhibitors, please stop by the scale in the Show Arena to pick up your DUNF(s)
- If you want to pick up these forms in advance, please email myself or Karen and we will make arrangements for you to pick them up from the office.
Livestock Sale Day
- Thursday, September 17 at 5:00pm, Livestock Pavilion
- Exhibitor only will go through the sale ring, no animals.
- All market animals will go Direct, unless your family was able to reserve a spot for Custom Processing.
- If you were able to reserve a spot for custom processing, you will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements of animal to processor. You must check-out that animal with your Show Superintendent or with Pam Goll first.
- Market animals will leave fairgrounds via packer truck following the show, exact times depend on availability of trucks and other factors. Exhibitors are responsible for feeding, watering, and caring for their animal(s) until they leave the fairgrounds.
- Grand and Reserve Champions for Swine, Sheep, and Cattle (steers: beef and dairy) will need to remain on the fairgrounds until results of the drug tests have been received and will be responsibility of exhibitor to feed and water animal.
Livestock & Showmanship Classes
- Will be held, but with no more than 10 exhibitors in the ring at one time.
- Exhibitors will wear masks when lining up for classes, such as swine, where social distancing cannot occur.
- Once social distancing can be maintained, then it is up to the exhibitor to choose to remove the mask or not while showing
- Spectators and all volunteers will wear masks in accordance with the State and Health Department guidelines.
Gate Admission & Livestock Parking Passes
- There will be no charge for admission to the livestock shows and no livestock parking passes will be issued
- There should be ample parking for families who need to do chores, etc.
Wrist Bands Required to Watch Livestock Shows
- Each Exhibitor/Royalty Contestant will be given 6 wrist bands for immediate family and assistants to come to the livestock show and be in show barn.
- Anyone without a wrist band will NOT be permitted in the show barns.
- Wrist bands will need to be worn for 4-H advisors, FFA Advisors, designated volunteers, Sale Day Auctioneers, Jr. Fair board members and Senior Fair board members.
- All barns will have one-way traffic patterns in aisle ways.
- Barns are for families who are feeding, walking, washing, and prepping animals for show and for cleaning pens.
- Please do not use the barns as a place to hang-out and socialize.
Bedding For Animals
- No bedding will be provided this year.
- This is the responsibility of each exhibitor to supply for their animal(s).
- Pens will be pre-assigned as in the past with careful attention being paid to families being penned together.
- Cleaning of pens following removal of the animal is the responsibility of the exhibitor.
- Premiums will be forfeited if one is not cleaned.
Show & Go with Animals
- This is an option and not required for those taking breeding/non-market projects only.
- Horses cannot “show and go.” They will arrive on Friday and exit fairgrounds on Monday following the Versatility Show.
- Breeding/Non-market animals can be released to go home following their show and do not need to stay on the fairgrounds.
- Pen assignments will be made based upon all Jr. Fair Entries. However, families may choose to only have breeding/non-market animals on the fairgrounds for day of show.
- Cloverbud members that have previously signed up for the Cloverbud Poultry Activity are invited to participate in an interview along with their animals on Saturday, September 12 at 3:00pm in the Livestock Pavilion. Members should bring one (1) bird to the fair, are responsible for any necessary food, water, shelter, etc., and transportation of their animal to and from the fair. Upon completion of the interview, families are encouraged to return their animal home.
- Please email Karen Ford by August 15 to sign up. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cloverbud members that have previously signed up for the Cloverbud Rabbit Activity are invited to participate in an interview along with their animal on Tuesday, September 15th at 2:00pm in the Livestock Pavilion.
- Members should bring one (1) rabbit to the fair, are responsible for any necessary food, water, shelter, etc., and transportation for their animal to and from the fair. Upon completion of the interview, families are encouraged to return their animal to their home.
- Please email Karen Ford by August 15 to sign up. email@example.com
4-H Club Booth Update
- No physical club booth displays this year.
- 4-H members taking Miscellaneous, Food & Clothing projects can choose to be part of a PowerPoint presentation that will be airing in the Livestock Pavilion.
- This will be displayed during the day and will also run on our Williams County 4-H Facebook page for the community to recognize and enjoy.
- More information will be sent to 4-H families next week on this virtual presentation.
- Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00pm
- Since there will not be animals on the fairgrounds at this time, it will be a knowledge based Skillathon
- Will be held in the Livestock Pavilion
- Opening Ceremony & Church Service
- PeeWee Showmanship
- FFA Crop & Shop Judging
- All youth night events—this includes pig scramble, pullet pursuit, 4-H Parade, etc.
- Band Show and Cheer Competition
- All Open Shows and Senior Fair Shows
- All Kids Day games and events
Exhibitors Not Comfortable Showing Animals
- For health concerns, if your family elects not to show at the fair this year, that is okay. We respect your decision. In order to receive your premium money, you will need to submit a photo or two with your animal and let us know the following information:
- 4-H Club or FFA Chapter
- Years in Project
- Name of project
- What you enjoyed about your project
- Something you learned this year about your project.
- Send this information to Jessica Runkel at firstname.lastname@example.org
- This information will be aired in a PowerPoint presentation in the Show Pavilion during the day, instead of in your club’s booth display.
- Regardless of why you decided not show, please contact your club advisor so they are aware of your decision. Many advisors enjoy attending your shows as a way to support you.
- Please note that as long as you had your 4-H project books and feed records reviewed by an advisor for completion, you successfully completed your 4-H project.
- Showing at the fair is not what determines 4-H project completion, though it’s often the favorite part of taking a livestock project.
- Camping will still be an option for families.
- Watch for more details from the Williams County Senior Fairboard.
- Please note camping regulations must follow the State and Health Department guidelines.