Dear 4-H Leaders,
FFA Advisors and Independent parents, the following contains information and
changes regarding both Placer County Fair and Gold Country Fair that will be helpful to know as you
plan for the fairs and also at fair time.
PLACER COUNTY FAIR June 19 -22, 2014 "Summer Beach Party"
Entry closing date: Friday, May 23rd
GOLD COUNTRY FAIR September 4-7, 2014 " Family, Food & Fun" (tentative theme)
Entry closing date: Tuesday, August 5th
Weigh In dates:
Placer County Fair:
Sheep & Goats - Saturday, April 12th 7-11 am
* See change regarding Swine weigh in below
Gold Country Fair:
Beef - Saturday, April 5th 8-11 am
Sheep & Goats - Saturday, June 28th 7-11 am
* See change regarding Swine weigh in below
Quality Assurance /Ethics Training dates for 2014:
Thursday, April 10th- 6:30 pm @ Gold Country Fairgrounds- Tahoe Building
Thursday, June 12th- 6:30 pm @ Gold Country Fairgrounds- Tahoe Building
Thursday, July 10th- 6:30 pm @ Gold Country Fairgrounds- Tahoe Building
Top pay weight for market goats will remain at the (decreased) top pay weight of 110 pounds as designated by Superior Farms in 2013.
NEW - Market hog weights have changed as mandated by Yosemite Meats.
Minimum weight 215; Maximum weight 270. Hogs weighing over 270 will be disqualified.
Due to the increased concern and to alleviate the spread of PEDV, porcine virus, the following changes will be implemented. Market hogs will NOT be pre-weighed or pre-tagged for Placer County Fair. Direction and recommendations from CDFA and the State Veterinarian, will determine changes in feeder and breeding classes at both fairs and pre-weigh at Gold Country Fair. We will keep everyone updated.
Fairs have been directed by California Dept. of Food and Agriculture to cut water usage by 40%. The direction includes no washing of animals at the Fair. Please be prepared to assist us in making such changes by washing your animals once prior to showing, limiting your use of grooming
materials that necessitate washing after the show and also using animal blankets. The exception here is swine, as we realize hogs must go to the wash rack to stay cool and healthy. Our hope is that this mandate is lifted prior to show season.
The following rules will be strictly enforced for both fairs: Please be aware that Gold Country Fair Jr. Livestock Rule #36, stating market steers MUST be under control at all times will be strictly enforced.
Jr. Livestock Rule #25, GROOMING AND CARE OF ANIMALS - Jr. exhibitors are expected to groom and care for their own animal(s) when at the Fair, or the animal(s) and exhibitor may be subject to disqualification and loss of premiums. Parents, 4-H Leaders and FFA Advisors, Jr. Grange Advisors, Sr.
Herdsmen and any other adults are prohibited from grooming junior livestock. Failure to comply with this rule may cause forfeit of premiums and exhibit privileges and market animals may not sell.
Gold Country Fair Rule #24 will be changed to read - "Early morning feeding of animal(s) and cleaning of pens may be done by parents. ONLY to enable exhibitors to attend school" This allows parents to feed and also clean pens Thursday and Friday mornings during Gold Country fair only.
Gold Country Fair Showmanship class order will change to begin with Novice Showmanship and allow winning exhibitors to advance one level. Placer County Fair will remain the same, beginning with Senior
All Futurity Divisions at Gold Country Fair will be replaced with a Skill-a-Thon and Judging Competition. This change will allow exhibitors further education in all species.
NEW - Placer County Fair exhibitors selling animals will not be paid until their buyer has paid in full. Checks will be available beginning mid July.
We would like to thank all exhibitors for their participation in the 2013 Community Service workdays. Your efforts made an amazing difference, and many have great ideas for new projects.
Gold Country Fair Community Service workdays:
Sunday, April 13 8:00 am - Noon
Sunday, May 4 8:00 am - Noon
Saturday, June 28 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday, July 13 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, August 2 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Please feel free to contact:
Carrie Wimer, Placer County Fair (916) 786-2023 x 104
or Laurie Johnson, Gold Country Fair (530) 823-4530 with any questions.
NOTE TO PLACER COUNTY LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS: Just in case your leaders and/or advisers haven't told you yet, there have been a couple of changes to the Placer County Fair livestock rules that we would like to make you aware of...
In an attempt to fill the barns:
Every exhibitor can now pre-weigh an unlimited number of market animals. The first 3 animals weighed in per exhibitor will get free tags; any animal weighed in after the third will be charged a $5 tag fee for each.
A total of 3 market animals (of the unlimited number of animals pre-weighed in) may be entered at the fair, instead of 2 like in the past.
These new changes are ONLY for Placer County Fair.
These same rules apply to every species.
PLACER COUNTY FAIR Swine, Sheep, Goats: April 12th at 7:00am
Nothing will change with the number of animals an exhibitor is allowed to sell during the Junior Livestock Auction. Exhibitors will only be able to sell one market animal unless two or more of their animals receives an reserve champion or higher award from the judge.
Please help spread the word.
Thank You to our Generous 2013 Junior Livestock Supporters