2023 NC State Fair Youth Market Animal Procedures for Orange County Youth

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Any youth from Orange County that is planning to exhibit livestock this fall in the NC State Fair Youth Livestock Shows, see the information below regarding the submission of animal DNA samples. Orange County youth should submit animal DNA samples to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center by Monday, July 17, at 5:00 P.M. The office is located at 1020 US Hwy 70 W, Hillsborough (across from DMV).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to 4-H Agent Jonathon Smith at 919-245-2057 or jonathon_smith@ncsu.edu.

NC State Fair Youth Meat Goat, Market Sheep, and Market Swine Nomination and Validation Procedures
The procedure for nominating and validating junior meat goats, market sheep, and market swine is similar to that in 2022. Exhibitors should log into FairWire. ***Nominations will be made through ShoWorks, REMEMBER YOUR LOG-IN INFORMATION, YOU WILL USE IT AGAIN TO LOG IN TO COMPLETE YOUR OFFICIAL FAIR ENTRY.

May 15th Online Nominations/Request Nomination Kit Open (ShoWorks-online) for Jr Ewe, Market Lambs, Jr Gilts, Market Barrows, Jr Does, and Market Goats;
June 15thDeadline to request Nomination Kit for Jr Ewe, Market Lambs, Jr Gilts, Market Barrows, Jr Does, and Market Goats 
July 15thNominations & Upload Photo Close (ShoWorks-online) for Jr Ewes, Market Lambs, Jr Gilts, Market Barrows, Jr Does, and Market Goats 
July 17th – Turn in DNA envelopes to an N.C. County Extension Office before 5 p.m. today.
August 15thOnline entries for all NC State Fair Livestock Shows Open;
September 15thNC State Fair Livestock Show Entries Close;

All Exhibitors

View the April 2023 NC State Fair Livestock Email Update. This has links for how to pull DNA, a checklist for what to do to enter animals, etc. and should answer most of your questions.

You may view the 2022 NC State Fair rule book. We do not anticipate any major changes to this, but the 2023 version will supersede any information listed in the 2022 version. This is for reference only.

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