Please read these rules and discuss them with your project leader and your parents.
The rules will be enforced.

  1. These rules govern all events and participants of the Howard County Livestock Show. In the absence of a specific rule, state fair rules will apply.
  2. IN ORDER TO SHOW AND PARTICIPATE: ALL LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS AND HAM/BACON EXHIBITORS MUST BE SMQA CERTIFIED AND REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE TURNED INTO THE HOWARD COUNTY EXTENSION CENTER BY MAY 12, 2023. Late entries must be turned in by June 13, 2023 with a $25 late fee per child. Late entries from June 13, 2023 till Wednesday before the fair set-up will have a $50 per child. NO ENTRIES will be accepted after the Wednesday before the fair starts.
  3. All entries are made with the distinct understanding that in no event will fair officials or any individual or groups of individuals connected with the fair be responsible for loss from any causes which might occur as a result of the fair. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS.
  5. Exhibitors must be a member, in good standing, of a Howard County 4-H or FFA club in order to participate in the Howard County Fair Show and Sale. The show is limited to animals covered in the project record. 4-H members must attend a minimum of 6 club meetings. FFA members must be in good standing according to their chapter’s rules.
  6. Exhibitors must have been present when their animal was weighed in.
  7. No Straw used for bedding; Chips are recommended. Stalls and pens must be kept clean at all times and cleaned before leaving after the sale.
  8. Exhibitor must accompany their animals to the show, care for, and exhibit them before the judge unassisted. In case of illness of the exhibitor, or when more than one animal is exhibited in a class, he/she may have the assistance of other 4-H or FFA members. All animals should be well-groomed and show evidence of being groomed well ahead of the show date. No one will be allowed in the show ring except exhibitors and ring officials.
  9. Any exhibit going through the sale must be shown by the exhibitor. In case of a family emergency (i.e.- death in the family), the livestock committee chairman must be notified immediately so approval on absence may be voted on. An emergency is defined as something unexpected 2 or 3 days prior to exhibiting. The exhibit can be deferred to the open show.
  10. Members may sell one of each species up to a total of 2 including 1 ham/bacon. Any Howard County 4H/FFA member showing species at other county shows/sales will be bound to the same number/species restrictions of the Howard County Fair. Only 1 of each species up to a total of 2 may be sold at all county fairs by Howard County 4H/FFA members.
  11. All animals, if they showed in the 4-H/FFA show, are required to stay in the barn until after the sale, even if they are not in the sale.
  12. All species will show by breed if at least 5 of a breed are declared, by State Fair standards, by May 12, 2023.  If less than 5 are declared, they will show in the AOB class.
  13. Premium Sale – Sale entry is to be shown by exhibitor ONLY! If the exhibitor is not present, the entry will be moved to the bottom of the sale order. If still not present, the entry will not sell.
  14. Mistreatment of animals will not be tolerated.  You could forfeit your right to show/sell by doing so.
  15. Animals must be in the continuous possession of the exhibitor from weigh-in to show or sell.