State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Shows

Date: October 6 - 8, 2017
Location: The Meadow Event Park - Doswell, VA
Contact: Joi Saville - (540) 231-2257
Schedule: 2017 State Fair of Virginia TENATIVE Schedule 
Additional information: State Fair of Virginia official web site


Thank you to our 2017 Youth Livestock Show Sponsors!


ALL YOUTH EXHIBITING BEEF, SHEEP, SWINE, OR MEAT GOATS at the State Fair of Virginia MUST BE Youth Meat Quality Assurance (YMQA) Certified before August 15th! YMQA Certifications will be offered through your local county Extension office. For more details regarding your local training, please contact your local Extension Agent.

For YMQA training dates across the Commonwealth, please visit the YMQA web site for more details. 

If you are not certified by August 15th, you will not be allowed to exhibit at the 2017 State Fair of Virginia!


Skill-a-thon Competitions


Agriscience Research Poster Contest at the State Fair of Virginia

  • Registration Deadline is September 22, 2017
  • Contest is Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Compeition Guide

2017 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Show Entries

  • Entries are due no later than August 15th.
    • Entry fees are $10 per head.
    • Entry fees and a copy of your confirmation email must be postmarked by August 15th.
  • ALL NOMINATED animals will be required to enter their VISUAL State Fair of Virginia tag number in the entry system. Failure to do so will result in your entries being rejected.
    • Entries are limited to the max number of animals allowed per specie. If you have properly nominated additional animals, substitutions will be allowed. 
  • Please review the rules very carefully for all Breeding Classes. Class lists within the entry system do not have associated dates with them. 

ENTRY SYSTEM  (this is the online/clickable link to the system)

We are utilizing FairEntry for the State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Shows. Here are a few tips and reminders as you get started:

  • Help Sheet for Families
  • 3 minute demonstration video
  • Recommended browsers: GOOGLE CHROME or MOZILLA FIREFOX
  • PLEASE click the green "Sign into 4-HOnline" button first, if you are an enrolled 4-H member. This will then prompt a pop-up window to enter your username and password.
    • If you are an enrolled 4-H member, you will be required to enter through the 4-HOnline button.
  • If you are an enrolled FFA member, you will need to create a new account through FairEntry.
    • FFA members will need to have their FFA teachers sign their confirmation email for verification of enrollment.
  • For families with multiple exhibitors: register all entries for EACH exhibitor within the family BEFORE proceeding to the Payment Section. Failure to do so will prevent the remaining entries from being entered. 
  • Be sure you click the "SUBMIT" button when you have completed your entries. Entries are not final until they have been submitted.
  • Check your email inbox for a confirmation email with a list of entries and any related fees.
  • You will receive a second email when your entries have been approved.

Market Lamb/Commercial Ewe, Market Goat/Commercial Doe, and Market Beef/Commercial Heifer Nominations

Market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats, commercial does, market beef (steers and heifers) and all commercial heifers must be nominated and identified at an official site by July 1, 2017 to be eligible for exhibition at the State Fair of Virginia. All commercial heifers born September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2017 must be nominated at the mid-late June nomination site.  Prospect heifers (both breeding and market heifers) born after January 1, 2017 are not required to be nominated. All prospect steers are NOT required to be nominated.  Any prospect heifer not nominated will be ineligible for the supreme breeding heifer scholarships.  All exhibitors are still eligible for the premier exhibitor scholarships.

  1. Lambs/goats will be ear tagged and weighed, cattle will be ear tagged (weighing is optional for cattle).  Nomination forms will be completed by exhibitors and given to site coordinators at nomination time.
  2. Exhibitors may take lambs, goats and/or cattle to any nomination location.  Exhibitors must take all of their animals of the same species to the same nomination location.
  3. A maximum of 12 lambs may be nominated per exhibitor (wethers or ewes, to be shown as either market lambs or commercial ewe lambs- no designation required at time of nomination).  A maximum of 12 goats may be nominated per exhibitor (wethers or does, to be shown as either market goats or commercial does - no designation required at time of nomination). 
  4. All commercial heifers born September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2017 will be required to be nominated at a mid-late June nomination site.  Prospect heifers born after January 1, 2017 are NOT required to be nominated.  All prospect steers are NOT required to be nominated. 
    1. Prospect heifers (heifers that have not been nominated) are not eligible for the Supreme Heifer Championship and subsequent scholarships.
  5. If you are unable to attend a nomination site or do not see a time listed for the specific species, please contact your local Extension Agent at least two weeks prior to the District Nomination Date to arrange a time, in which you can get your animals nominated.

Swine Nominations

The Market Hog Show will not be terminal in 2017 (option to sell hogs will be provided- exhibitors must designate at the fair); and there will be a commercial/registered gilt show.  All swine (market and breeding) must be nominated and identified using the instructions provided in the enclosed “State Fair of Virginia Hog Nomination Requirement” information letter.  Designation of market vs. breeding gilts will be required at nomination. Identification and nomination must be completed and submitted by August 1, 2017 to be eligible for exhibition at the State Fair of Virginia (tags need to be requested not later than July 15).

Lambs, goats, hogs, and cattle must also be properly entered for the State Fair of Virginia.  Weighing and identification at the nomination locations does not constitute final entry for the State Fair of Virginia

2017 State Fair of Virginia Nomination Sites

This is weigh-in and tagging for all market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats, commercial does, market steers/heifers, and all commercial heifers.

If you do not nominate your market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats, commercial does, market beef (steers and heifers) and commercial heifers prior to July 1, 2017, you will not be allowed to nominate them at a later date, and will be ineligible for the State Fair of Virginia.

Nominations for lambs, goats, and beef for the 2017 State Fair of Virginia will take place at various locations around the state.  All youth who plan to exhibit market lambs, commercial ewe lambs, market goats, commercial does, market steers/heifers, and/or commercial heifers, at the 2017 State Fair of Virginia are required to bring their animals to one of the following sites for identification:

Nomination Sites for all Market Lambs, Commercial Ewes, Market Goars, Commercial Does, Market Steers/Heifers, and ALL Commercial Heifers born 9/1/2015 to 4/30/2017
Nomination Date Site Location Site Coordinator
Tuesday, June 13
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Jeff Slaven's
Cattlemen's Supply
Burketown Road
Weyers Cave, VA
John Benner
(540) 245-5750
Corey Childs
(540) 635-4549
Wednesday, June 14
3:30 - 6:00 PM
Lehman Farms
Lehamn Road
Chesapeake, VA
Cynthia Gregg
(434) 848-2151
Jocelyn Pearson
(757) 382-6612
Tuesday, June 15
(BEEF, Please call ahead)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sheandoah County Fairgrounds
Woodstock, VA
Corey Childs
(540) 635-4549
Monday, June 19
6:00 - 7:00 PM
VIrginia Tech Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
Blacksburg, VA
Joi Saville
(540) 231-2257
Wednesday, June 21
8:00 - 11:00 AM
Lynchburg Livestock Market
Lynchburg, VA
Todd Scott 
(434) 332-9538
Jaime Stowe
(434) 432-7770
Thursday, June 22
(Please call ahead)
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Southwest Virginia 4-H Center
Abingdon, VA
Morgan Paulette
(540) 980-7761
Friday, June 23
(BEEF, please call ahead)
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Tazewell County Fairgrounds
Tazewell, VA
John Blankenship
(276) 988-0405
Sam Leech
(276) 988-0405
Saturday, June 24
(LAMBS & GOATS ONLY)
 
Virginia Lamb/Goat Symposium
Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
Blacksburg, VA
Joi Saville
(540 231-2257
Monday, June 26
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Clarke County Fairgrounds
Berryville, VA
Corey Childs
(540) 635-4549
Tuesday, June 27
(Please call ahead)
4:00 -7:00 PM
The Meadow Event Park
Doswell, VA
Rachel Grosse (804) 598-5640
Thursday, June 29
(Please call ahead)
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Roanoke-Hollins Stockyard
Hollins, VA
Katherine Carter
(540) 473-8260
Kate Lawrence
(540) 473-8260
Thursday, June 29
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Southern Piedmont AREC Station
Blackstone, VA
Cynthia Gregg
(434) 848-2151
 

2017 Swine Nomination Procedures

  • Tags must be requested by July 15, 2017. Send an e-mail to Joi Saville with youth's name, county, number of hogs and anticipated tagging date. 

Acceptable Swine Pictures

2017 State Fair of Virginia Sale of Champions

The State Fair of Virginia will host the Sale of Champions again in 2017. This sale is open to the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Beef, Market Goat, Market Lamb, and Market Hog winners. 


We would also like to thank all of our 2016 sponsors, especially our general sponsors. Without all of their support, the youth shows would not have been possible.

The State Fair hosted the Sale of Champions this year for the champion and reserve market animals of all four species. 

Carrie Joines was the 2016 SFVA photographer. For pictures and purchase information, please visit www.carriebjoines.com

State Fair of Virginia at the Meadow official website

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Contact

Joi Saville
joi.saville@vt.edu
(540) 231-2257

Virginia 4-H Livestock Programs Endowment

The Virginia 4-H Foundation is spearheading the advancement of the Virginia 4-H Youth Livestock Programs Endowment. 4-H livestock programming is funded through a combination of private gifts, endowment income, gifts in kind, and participant fees.

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