4H & Vocational Exhibitors Rules

Entries must be received by July 15, 2019

Eligibility: Limited to members enrolled in 4-H Clubs and/or Vocational classes in Lawrence County. 4-H Club members must have passed their eighth birthday, but not have passed their nineteenth by January 1, this year. Exhibitors must be members of a regularly organized 4-H Club, carrying a project in the field in which they wish to make an entry by June 1, preceding the Fair. Extension representatives shall approve all entries prior to the fair. Students enrolled in an accepted vocational school curriculum must be conducting a project in the class in which they wish to make an entry. Students enrolled in general home economics in a comprehensive high school are considered as qualifying. All entries shall be approved prior to the Fair by a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Penn State Cooperative Extension staff or their designated representative. The 4-H or FFA member must be present, and have charge of his or her animal at the time of judging or the auction sale, unless excused by the show or sale committee. Should a member be excused, the animal must be shown or presented for sale by another Lawrence County 4-H or FFA dairy or livestock member.

Rules and Regulations, including Animal Health Rules, apply to
4-H and Vocational classes and exhibitors.

Good Housekeeping Awards

All 4-H Livestock Exhibitors in  Dairy, Beef, Goats, Horse, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep & Swine, who maintain the most attractive and sanitary display exhibits will be eligible for awards Tuesday through Saturday. (See Rules and Regulations for the basis of scoring.)

These awards are available from Lawrence County 4-H Development Committee to 4-H exhibitors with one or more animals.

4-H exhibitors with five or more animals have the option of being judged in the Open Contest.


General Livestock Rules:
Show dates and weigh-in for the fair will be listed in the Lawrence County Fair Book. We will show by classes in the Premium Book.

1.A.  All steers in order to participate in the show and sale, must be tagged by the Saturday after Thanksgiving previous to the show year. All beef animals will be beef sired. (9 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.)  All Steers must be on halter.

1.B.  Market Lambs in order to participate in the show and sale, must be tagged by the third Saturday of May previous to show. (8 a.m. until 11:00 am.)

1.B. & 1.C. In conjunction with state law, sheep and goats must have proper Identification (scrapie tags or tattoo) to enter the fairgrounds. If a sheep or goat enters the fairgrounds without the scrapie tag or tattoo, it will not be permitted off the truck nor will it be tagged.

1.C.  Meat Goats in order to participate in the show and sale, must be tagged by the third Saturday of May previous to show. (8 a.m. until 11:00 am.) Meat goats must be disbudded, banded, or clean castrated by initial weigh-in. Meat goats must be born after November 1 of the previous year. Animals will be judged in weight classes, not by breeds. All meat goats must have health papers at check in at the Fair.

1.D.  Market Swine in order to participate in the show and sale, must be tagged by the third Saturday of May previous to the show. (8 am until 11:00 am.)

1.E. Meat Rabbits in order to participate in the show and sale, must be weighed in and tattooed at least 15 days prior to the Fair

    • Rabbits may be disqualified for health problems and weight
    • Meat pens must consist of three rabbits of the same variety.
    • If judge disqualifies any one animal the entire pen is disqualified.
    • All qualifying animals must be sold at the Fair.
    • Any rabbit club member joining after May 1, will not be able to exhibit or sell meat rabbits at the fair until the following year.
    • Rabbits in meat pen cannot be over 70 days old on entry
    • Meat pens will be health certified on entry
    • Does must be present at weigh-in.

1.F. All Market Animals must be tagged with Association approved tags, and on feed by the designated date to show and sell in the Livestock Show and Sale at the Lawrence County Fair unless prior arrangements have been made to tag earlier than the listed date. If a tag is lost, the leader must be contacted immediately.

1.G. All 4-H and FFA market animals must be identified to an individual owner by the end of the initial tagging for each species.

1.H. Chicken meat pens in order to participate in the show and sale, must be weighed in and tattooed at least 21 days prior to the Fair.

    • Chickens may be disqualified for health problems and weight.
    • Meat pens must consist of three chickens of the same variety.
    • If judge disqualifies any one animal the entire pen is disqualified.
    • All qualifying animals must be sold at the fair

2. Exhibitors must be members of a regularly organized Lawrence County 4-H or FFA Chapter. Any show or sale changes or suggestions by any interested party can be made in writing to the Board of Directors of the Livestock Association for their consideration.

3. Number of Animals weighed and exhibited is at the discretion of the Board of Directors:

  • Rabbits tag 2 pens (up to 6 rabbits) and show and sell 1 pen
  • Beef tag 2 animals, show 2 live, sell 1
  • Sheep tag 4 animals, show 4 live, sell up to 2 (see rule 3a)
  • Swine tag 3 animals, show 2 live, animals sell 1,
  • Goats tag 3 animals, show 2, live, animals, sell 1
  • Chickens tag 10 birds, show 3 as a pen, sell one pen

* In the event that a member tags 3 pigs/goats, the third may be used for carcass, but only 2 can be shown live.

3a. Members must sell one live animal per species that the member exhibits (pen of rabbits = 1). One animal per species with the exception of lambs in which two lambs must be sold individually (if the members has more than one lamb) if lambs are the only species that the member exhibits and sells.

4.  A member may only take his or her animals across the scales 1 time at either the spring or fair weigh- Animals will not be re-weighed.

5.  The member must sell the top placing animal of each species that he/she exhibits among their entries. If multiple animals of the same species place the same in the show, the member will choose which one to sell. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals must be sold. If the same exhibitor owns both the champion and reserve champion, that exhibitor will be permitted to sell both.

5a. If an exhibitor has more than one animal in a Grand Championship run, that exhibitor will be asked to lead each animal at some point during that run.

5b. Any steer tagged by May 30 can be kept for the Pennsylvania Farm Show provided he/she lets the committee know following the show, but before 8 p.m. Tuesday night. If this is the highest placing, the second animal must be sold. Any steers to show at the Keystone International must let the committee know following the show, but before 8 p.m. Tuesday – showing proof the steer is entered.

5c. A member may declare a goat, lamb or hog at the fair weigh-in for Farm Show. In the event a member declares an animal for Farm Show, he/she will be permitted to sell the next lower placing animal instead, or no animal at all if it is their only one in that species. In the event that the declared animal becomes Grand or Reserve Grand Champion, it must sell and will not be tagged for Farm Show. If possible, animals declared for Farm Show will be tagged prior to leaving the fair.

6.  All members of all species must notify the sale committee within 2 hours after the show if both animals are the same placing, if not notified, the sale committee will select the heavier animal for the sale.

7.  All animals must be castrated. No stags, bulls, rams, bucks or boars can be shown or sold. No sick or inferior animals can be shown or sold as determined by the show and sale committee.

8.  Market hogs can be gilts or barrows for the Junior Show.
Market lambs can be ewes or wethers for the Junior Show.
Goats can be either does or wethers for the Junior Show.

9.  The 4-H & FFA record books must be turned in and completed up to date at fair weigh-in or you won’t be placed in a class for show or sale. The leaders will make the decision and tell members if they can’t show. All books will be turned in at weigh-in time and will be returned. Books must be completed after the sale and turned in by 6:00 p.m. Saturday of the Fair.

10.  Extra animals will need to be designated at the scales at the time of weigh-in at the Fair.

11.  All 4-H & FFA members must submit to their club leaders an addressed and stamped thank you letter or card to their buyer from the Jr. Livestock Sale with their project books, by 6:00 p.m., Saturday evening of the fair. Club leaders will be provided a buyer directory after each species finishes selling. In addition, those members winning trophies and banners must also submit an addressed and stamped thank you card or letter to their leader at the same time. Addresses of trophy and banner sponsors can be obtained from your club leader or from the 4-H/FFA office on the fair grounds. Cards and letters will be then mailed on the Monday after the Fair. Members not submitting thank you letters or cards to their leaders, will have their sale checks held until they have done so.

12a. See NW Regional Rules for Weight requirements. All market animals that do not meet the standard weight requirement are permitted to be taken off the fair grounds by 4:00 p.m. on Monday of the fair. If a family exercises their right to remove the light weight animals, they must first let that species executive Fair Director, their 4-H or FFA leaders, and the 4-H agent know of their intentions.

12b. Rabbits 3-5 pounds per head (If any one of the required three per pen weigh over 8 pounds or under 3 pounds, the entire pen will not be allowed to show or sell.).

12c. Chicken meat pens shall weigh between 6-11 pounds per head (If any one of the required three per pen weigh over 11 pounds or under 6 pounds, the entire pen will not be allowed to show or sell.)

13.  All exhibitors must be present to weigh, show, and sell their own animals. If a member cannot show or sell his/her animal(s), he/she must be excused by the show or sale committee, then another Lawrence County 4-H or FFA Livestock member must show or sell the animal. If there is not enough 4-H or FFA Livestock members available, the show committee can decide who should be allowed to show as long as they are a Lawrence County 4-H or FFA member.

14.  Exhibitors must follow all health rules of the Lawrence County Fair within 30 days of the show, except the respiratory complex (shipping fever) shots including IBR. No steers for slaughter are allowed these shots within 30 days of the show. Shipping fever shots prior to 30 days of the show will be allowed. (Animals consigned to the sale shall not receive any treatment with drugs or biologics within the withdrawal time period to slaughter).

15.  No 4-H or FFA member can sell their market project in another 4-H or FFA market sale and sell a market animal of the same species at the Lawrence County Jr. Livestock sale. 4-H members are not permitted to exhibit the same project in multiple counties in PA. 4-H members are also not permitted to sell in another county’s livestock sale if he or she sells in Lawrence County.

16.  Each 4-H or FFA member is responsible for his/her animal, including feeding, watering, and general care until the animal(s) leave the grounds. The Fair Board may elect to deduct costs from the owner’s premiums in the event care is not provided.

17.  All 4-H and FFA members showing steers must demonstrate before a committee, comprised of an extension agent, a Vo-Ag Instructor, a Fair Board director, and one additional member of the Lawrence County Junior Livestock Director’s Board, that the steer is under control by leading the steer in the designated area of the show arena. If judged unsafe by the committee, the animal is to be removed immediately from the fairgrounds. The walk through will take place Sunday night of the fair at 7:00 p.m., or immediately following the steer weigh-in. Members whose steer fails to pass the walk through will be given 30 minutes to re-enter the ring and attempt to pass again. Members not completing walk through will be ineligible to exhibit his or her animal.

18a. The Livestock Sale will be held as listed in the Fair Premium Book.

18b. Check off money $1.00 Beef, 0.4% Hogs, $.07 per lb Lambs.

18c. Sale costs: A percentage of the sale gross will be deducted from members to pay for all the sale costs.

18d. All Livestock Sale checks not cashed within 60 days will be forfeited to the Jr. Livestock Association.

19.  Fitting

19a. All market lambs must be slick sheared and have no measurable wool on the body at the time of fair weigh-in. Wool may be left on the legs below the knees and hocks, but must be fitted for the show and sale.

19b. Each youth is responsible for the fitting of his/her animal.

19c. The use of all paints, coloring agents, and artificial additions (bone builder, hair, fins) is prohibited. Use of these items will be deemed unethical and the participant youth in violation will be disqualified and ineligible to compete (or sell) during that show year.

20.     Showing.

20a. Showing Swine. Tubes, canes, and whips are the only tools to be used in showing swine. No other movement tools will be permitted.

21.  Dress Code: Long pants (no hip huggers) or dress: collared buttoned shirt with or without sleeves; 4-H & FFA or club T-shirt. NO other logo shirts. NO baggy or cut-off pants; NO shorts or hats; Recommended that proper shoes be worn. NO sandals. NO farm shirts during judging & showing but are allowed for the Sale.

22.  Animals losing ear tags must be reported to the Extension Office of FFA advisor immediately (48 hours). Animals missing ear tags at fair weigh-in without having contacted the Extension Office will not be weighed.

23.  All youth exhibiting market animals through the Jr. Livestock Program, must complete the annual Quality Animal Management (QAM) Training annually.

24.  All youth are encouraged to complete the Pennsylvania Meat Animal Quality Assurance Program (MAQA) and receive Level 3 PQA Certification.

25.  Showmanship: Members may show an animal in the showmanship contest, provided it has been carried as a project and is owned by the member. In cases of project animal illness or death, individual consideration will be taken into account by the executive show committee.

26.  When an exhibitor, parent, guardian, 4-H leader, coach, agent or representative acting in behalf of an exhibitor is guilty of unsportsmanlike or unethical conduct, the Lawrence County Jr. Livestock Association may require the 4-H or FFA member to return all trophies and ribbons, forfeit premiums won, and may suspend the 4-H or FFA member and the animal(s) involved for such a period as judged appropriate from participation in 4-H and FFA roundups in Lawrence County.

A parent, guardian, 4-H leader, coach, agent or representative acting in behalf of an exhibitor deemed guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may also be prohibited for such a period as judged appropriate from participation in all 4-H and FFA activities. Persons deemed guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may be expelled from the show facilities at the direction of the Jr. Livestock Association. The results of such committee action will be sent in writing to the appropriate Penn State Extension District Director, Educator, or FFA Advisor.

27.  All exhibitors must establish a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship and complete the Animal Owner or Caretaker’s Verification of Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship form provided by either the Extension Office or from the Fair Premium

2019 Lawrence County Jr. Livestock Carcass Show Rules

  1. Only Lawrence County 4-H and FFA members 8 years of age or older as of January 1 with a steer, hog, lamb, or goat project which was weighed in are eligible to participate in the carcass class. They must also have another project animal of the carcass species to exhibit in the live show.
  2. Individuals may enter only one species in the carcass class, and completion of an entry will not guarantee placement in the show. Show size will be determined based on the cooler space at the slaughter house. The determined number of animals in the carcass show will be selected using member age as the criteria.
  3. Carcass animals must be registered through the Fair. Carcass entry forms must be submitted to the Fair Office by yearly Fair deadline of July 15.
  4. Prior to showing the animal, the 4-H or FFA member must secure a buyer for the carcass and provide this information to Jr. Livestock at the time of fair entry. However, those carcasses selected as Grand or Reserve Champions will be sold at the Jr. Livestock sale, making prior arrangements void. Arrangements to remove carcasses from the slaughter house are the responsibility of the owner.
  5. Carcass animals will be removed from the Fairgrounds on Sunday evening or Monday morning and slaughtered on Monday or Tuesday for judging. The Association will make the hauling arrangements.
  6. The member having a champion or reserve champion carcass will be allowed to sell an additional live project animal of that species at the Jr. Livestock Sale.
  7. Each member with a carcass animal must complete a supplement to their project book summarizing the carcass portion of their project.
  8. Carcass animals must meet all health requirements required for the Fair.
  9. All carcass animals will be evaluated.