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  • Nevada County Fair Association reserves the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and arbitrarily settle all matters in regard thereto or otherwise arising out of, connected with, or incidental to the fair.

  • All animals must be in place on the grounds by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2024, unless delayed by circumstances which would justify an extension.

  • Exhibitors of livestock must furnish their animals feed.

  • All owners of livestock or others having the same in charge shall care for, guard, protect and preserve the same, as Nevada County Fair Association does not undertake to do so, and it shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to said property or the owners thereof.

  • All animals must be owed and in possession by July 15, 2024.  Livestock animals must be registered online by July 15, 2024. If you need help with online registration, please contact the County Extension Office (870) 887-2818.

  • Those classified in the Junior Division are eligible to show  the fall following their high school graduation regardless of age.

  • Livestock Exhibitor Age Divisions are as follows:

Open 19+ Years

Juniors 5-19 years

Little Britches 4 & Under

  • Livestock Showman-ship Divisions are as follows:

Little Britches 4 & Under

Cloverbud  5-8 years

Juniors 9-13 years

Seniors 14-19 years

  • No exhibitor can show in both Junior & Open Age Divisions.

  • All animals entered into the show are to be shown by the youth exhibiting them unless unavoidable circumstances forbid their presence, in which case, the animals may be shown by an- other youth with prior approval of Livestock Superintendents.

  • In order that the livestock exhibit may be more attractive, the owner of each exhibit shall be responsible for cleaning and applying new bedding or litter each day. Initial bedding shall be furnished by the Fair Association and shall be removed to a place designated by the Barn Superintendents. A limited amount of shavings will be provided.

  • Six Herdsman Awards will be given to the individual doing the best job of cleanliness and exhibits the best show ethics in the cattle, swine, goat, lamb, chicken, and rabbit divisions. Exhibitors must participate in Clean-Up Day to qualify for Herdsman Award.

  • To qualify for Jr. Livestock premium money, a person must be a resident of Nevada County or a student in any Nevada County School district and a member in good standing of any FFA chapter or 4-H club of Nevada County.

  • All Livestock Health Papers should accompany exhibitors at the time of arrival and be available at all times.

  • Early removal of any livestock will cause premium point money and/or Premium Sale monies to be forfeited unless prior authorization is approved by the Nevada County Fair Association.

  • No livestock premium points checks will be issued until cleanup is complete and approved by the superintendent. Premium checks will be mailed at a  later date.


  • No stalls or holding areas will be chosen prior to cleanup day.

  • All cattle must be haltered and tied with a halter and neck rope.

  • Bulls must have nose rings (temporary nose rings accepted).

  • All cattle must be broke to lead. The use of hotshots or other type of force will not be allowed on any show animal.

  • Livestock exhibitors are limited to two entries per class. No livestock animals may be shown in more than one class.


  • All cattle, sheep, goats and swine must be exhibited in show area.

  • Animals in any Breeding classes must be registered or the owner must have verification from breed association in verifying registration.

  • The decision of the judges shall be final and no appeal will be considered.

  • Animals shown in any other county fair shall not be eligible to show in Nevada County Fair’s Livestock Show or Premium Sale.

  • No professional groomers allowed.


NOTE: Purebreed/Breeding Class statement: Only purebred, pureblood (one purebred parent) livestock or animals equal to Breed Association Herd Book quality are admitted.

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