The Clay County Fair open class livestock entry deadline is rapidly approaching. All livestock entries for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, and horses are due on Wednesday, August 15, whether this is online, in person, or via mail.
Daily open class livestock shows are a highlight for many fairgoers with an expected 500 exhibitors who will show more than 2,000 head of livestock in 2019. In addition to the open classes, there are also more than 800 4-H and FFA exhibitors that show at the Fair.
“Livestock competition is a cornerstone of the Fair,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “Our hardworking superintendents have made several changes to make the competitions a better experience for the exhibitors and the fairgoers.”
Some of the biggest changes are in the open class dairy show (Sept. 12-13), which is adding open youth shows and showmanship classes for all breeds, along with increased premiums in all classes.
This year, open class horse competitions will feature changes to the horse show schedule (new show times on Saturday, September 7, and Saturday, September 14), 29 new classes for Paints, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses and Paints (September 7-9), and several new draft horse classes (September 14-15), including youth draft decorating, youth showmanship, barrel racing, farm equipment, junior driving cart and team, feed team race, and costume class.
The “best of the best” will be judged in the open class beef cattle shows on Sunday, September 15, with the addition of the Supreme Beef Champion selection show. Check-in times and show times have also been changed for the individual breed shows (September 13-14).
The open class sheep and swine competitions will also see increased premiums for 2019.
Check out the exhibitor handbooks online at www.claycountyfair.com or pick one up at the Fair Administrative Offices to find the rules and guidelines to enter your livestock at the Fair. Pre-registration for all animal departments is mandatory and can be completed online, by mail, or in person by August 15.
About The Clay County Fair & Events Center
Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 325,000 guests each September for nine-days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at claycountyfair.com.