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2019 County Fair Information

The 2019 Doniphan County Fair will be July 20 (horse show) and 22-26.


Summary of Requirements

  • Market beef, sheep, and goats weighed in on appropriate dates.
  • All livestock (including horses) tagged/identified by May 1 and reported to Extension Office.
  • State fair animals nominated or otherwise entered/registered by appropriate deadlines.
  • State fair exhibitors completed YQCA certification by date of nomination or registration.
  • Pen/Stall requests turned in by deadline.

***New for 2019 - YQCA Certification for State Fair Exhibitors***

Starting in 2019, any 4-Hers who will show in the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive or Kansas Junior Livestock Show must complete YQCA training prior to nominating their animals and/or entering breeding livestock.  A copy of the child's certificate must be attached to nomination materials.

YQCA training must be done annually, either online or in-person, for all exhibitors 4-H age 8 and up.  12- and 15-year-olds have one chance to test out of the entire intermediate (12-14 year range) or senior (15-18 year range) requirements.  Training prices vary by type.

In-person trainings will be held at the K-State Junior Producer Days (swine - March 9 2019, meat goat - March 30 2019) and Discovery Days (May 29-31).  Sessions will also be held at Better Beef Days in Horton (April 6 2019) and the 4-State Lookout Sheep and Goat Show (April 27 2019), so long as there is sufficient interest.

Online training may be done at your own convenience.

Pre-registration must be done by creating an account at www.YQCA.org (use your 4-H Online credentials) and enrolling all youth.  Prepayment with a credit card is required; please contact the office if other arrangements have to be made.

More detailed explanations and instructions are available:

Please contact Margaret for more information.


Livestock Identification Requirements for County and State Fair 

All livestock being shown at the county or state fair need to be registered properly with the office by May 1.  All livestock need to be properly tagged (or tattooed, for registered animals; or ID papers submitted, for horses) and the correct forms submitted to the office long before fair comes.

"Livestock" here includes horses, cattle (beef and dairy), sheep, goats (meat and dairy), and swine.  Rabbits and poultry and dogs follow separate rules.

YOU MUST INFORM THE EXTENSION OFFICE OF ALL LIVESTOCK THAT WILL BE SHOWN BY MAY1. No matter which species, no matter whether market or breeding, no matter whether state or county tagged - you must provide the office with the animals' gender (or class: market/breeding) and tag number!  You may inform us of more animals than you will actually show, but all animals that might be shown must be identified this way.

Showing horses?

Horse ID papers, with a proper color photo attached, are due to the extension office by May 1.

Those wishing to show at the state fair must complete the appropriate horsemanship achievement level prior to the district show date!  Contact Margaret for more information and to arrange paper test times.  You must arrange for your own in-saddle evaluation, though the office can provide a list of evaluators.

Horse District Show: June 27 2019

Most horse paperwork for state fair is due August 1, but must go through the county office first - please get us these forms early!

Showing livestock at the county fair only?

Animals being shown only at county fair need county tags.  2019 tags are $1 each - stop by the office to pick them up.

You will then need to turn the numbers into the extension office by May 1:

  • Horses: submit a Horse Identification Form
  • Beef cattle
    • Market animals must be weighed in (March 22 2019) and get a county eartag
    • Commercial breeding heifers must have a county tag
    • Purebred/Registered breeding heifers do not need a tag but their registration/tattoo information must be turned in
  • Swine (market and breeding): get a county swine tag, report animal's gender and tag number to the office
  • Sheep
    • All sheep need a valid scrapie ID
    • Market animals must be weighed in (April 27 2019) and get a county eartag
    • Commercial breeding animals must get a county tag
    • Purebred/Registered breeding ewes do not need a tag but their registration/tattoo information must be turned in
  • Meat goats
    • All goats need a valid scrapie ID
    • Market animals must be weighed in (April 27 2019) and get a county eartag
    • Commercial breeding animals must get a county tag
    • Purebred/Registered breeding does do not need a tag but their registration/tattoo information must be turned in
  • Dairy goats and dairy cattle
    • All goats need a valid scrapie ID
    • Commercial breeding animals must get a county tag
    • Purebred/Registered breeding animals do not need a tag but their registration/tattoo information must be turned in

Reminder - this must be done by MAY 1!!!

  • If your animal loses its eartag after May 1 - call the extension office!
  • If an animal dies after May 1 - call the extension office!
  • If an animal isn't born until after May 1 - call the extension office! 

Showing at the state fair?

If you want to show at the state fair, you will likely need to get an EID tag for your animal, collect a DNA sample, and submit nomination and declaration forms to be eligible to register.  Nomination is not registration/entry for state fair!  It is a step BEFORE state fair entry.

  • The extension office has envelopes for DNA samples, but it is the 4-Her's responsibility to pull samples and submit to the state with payment ($8)
  • Nominating an animal is not registering it to show at the state fair!
  • Nomination forms must be signed by one of the county agents

State fair nominations have slightly different dates than county fair - but remember, if you're also showing at county, the office needs the information listed above!

More information on state fair nominations can be found at the K-State Youth Livestock webpage.

2019 Deadlines

  • Beef cattle
    • Market animals must be weighed in (March 22 2019), get an EID eartag, have DNA pulled, and nomination forms submitted to the state (and county notified) by May 1
    • Commercial breeding heifers must have an EID eartag, have DNA pulled, and nomination forms submitted to the state (and county notified) by June 15
    • Purebred/Registered breeding heifers do not need an EID tag or DNA sampling, but must be in the exhibitor's name by June 15
    • Register for state fair by July 15
  • Swine
    • Market and commercial breeding animals must get an EID eartag, have DNA pulled, and nomination forms submitted to the state (and county notified) by June 15
    • Purebred/Registered breeding gilts do not need an EID tag(**except - registered gilts going to KJLS) or DNA sampling, but must be in exhibitor's name by June 15
    • Register for state fair by July 15
  • Sheep
    • Market animals must be weighed in (April 27 2019)
    • Market and commercial breeding animals must get an EID eartag, have DNA pulled, and nomination forms submitted to the state (and county notified) by June 15
    • Purebred/Registered breeding animals do not need an EID tag or DNA sampling, but must be in the exhibitor's name by June 15
    • Register for state fair by July 15
  • Meat goats
    • Market animals must be weighed in (April 27 2019)
    • New for 2019! Breeding doe show at the State Fair.  All does must be nominated!
    • All meat goats must get an EID eartag, have DNA pulled, and nomination forms submitted to the state (and county notified) by June 15
    • Register for state fair by July 15

Beef EID tags are $4 each.  Sheep, goat, and swine tags are $3 each.

State Fair Pre-Entry

After nomination but before the Doniphan County Fair, market livestock showmen hoping to compete at the state fair must submit pre-entries.  These pre-entries are mostly due July 15 2019.  4-Hers or 4-H families must enter on their own; the county will then confirm the entry.

Dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry entries are due to the state office August 15 and must be done through the extension office.  Please get us your entries EARLY!

Horse entries are due to the state office August 1 and must be done through the extension office.  Please get us your entries EARLY!

Forms and Important Links

2019 District Horse Show information