Livestock - General Information
Committee Members - Matthew Waters (Sonoraville Middle School FFA Advisor), Bob Bridges (Poultry Exhibits), Kurt Sutherland (Gordon County 4-H Livestock Coordinator).
Exhibitor's Pass - Each exhibitor will receive three entrance passes and two vehicle passes via regular mail once their entry form with fee has been received. These passes will allow the holders to park in the livestock parking area and enter the fairgrounds at the livestock barn gate.
Health Regulations - (Requirement for the Exhibition of Livestock in Georgia)
All animals being exhibited in any type of livestock show (local, county, area, district, or state) must have an official certificate of veterinary inspection (health certificate). This certificate of veterinary inspection must be issued within 30 days of the exhibition - with the exception of 4-H and FFA shows. See the current year Georgia 4-H and FFA State Livestock Shows Rules and Regulations for specific information for 4-H and FFA health certificates. All other livestock exhibitors must follow rules and regulations as outlined in the "Health Requirement for Exhibition of Livestock in Georgia," revised October 7, 2003, from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. No animals will be allowed entry onto the fairgrounds without the proper health records and test requirements.
For more detailed information contact a committee member of the Livestock Department at least 14 days prior to the opening day of the fair at 706-629-8685 (4-H) or 706-602-0320 (FFA).
General Rules (Applicable to all Livestock)
All entries shall be classified immediately upon arrival and classification cannot be changed.
All livestock and poultry must conform to Health Regulations as outlined above.
All livestock may be subject to health inspection by an Official State Veterinarian.
The livestock barn will be open from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. nightly, Sunday through Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Additional hours will be on Saturdays and Wednesday for special visitors (senior citizens, school tours, corporate event, etc.)
Official check-in of all species will begin at 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to show with the exception of lambs, which will begin at 3:00PM on the day pror to the show; however, exhibitors may bring animals earlier providing a committee member is contacted prior to the check-in date.
Livestock may be removed at 9:30 p.m. following the species show unless otherwise specified.
An exhibitor may enter as many animals to show as they choose, but may not have more than two entries in any one class in competition for prize money.
The contestants must be present at time of judging or make prior arrangements to have their animals shown due to a legitimate excuse.
Ribbons will accompany premium awards.
All premiums will be paid by the Treasurer of the Northwest Georgia Regional Fair.
All livestock must have a creditable showing in order to qualify to receive a premium.
Where there is no competition in a class and champion showing, either second prize or reserve champion money may be given.
Each exhibitor must furnish their own feed, feed pan, water pail, and show supplies. The fair will furnish the bedding, electric power, and water supply. It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to feed, water, clean-up after their animals, and provide the general care for their animals while at the fair. Waste must be disposed of in a timely matter at the designated site behind the right side of the Livestock Barn.
Veterinarian service for all animals, while at the fair, will be made available at the owner's expense.
The fair will not be responsible for loss or damage to any exhibit, and will give the best care and attention to prevent loss or damage.
There will be showmanship classes.
We shall honor the Statement of Relation (Memorandum of Understanding) between Vocational Education and the Cooperative Extension which is considered the official agreement. This agreement guides 4-H and FFA participation in events. The intent of the agreement is to support youth participating in both organizations with different project areas and to disallow a young person competing in both organizations with the same project area in the same year.
Application for all livestock entries shall be in the hands of the proper livestock department representative no later than Monday, August 29, 2011.
Lamb, goat, beef, and swine entry is a non-refundable fee of $10 per head, with an optional Showmanship fee of $5.00.
Mail lamb, goat, and beef entry forms to Livestock Shows, 1 McDaniel Station Road, SW, Calhoun, GA 30701; mail all swine entry forms to Livestock Department, Sonoraville Middle School, Attn: Mathew Waters, 7300 Fairmount Highway, Calhoun, GA 30701. Again, for lamb, goat, and beef shows, checks should be made payable to Gordon County 4-H and for swine show, checks should be made payable to Northwest Georgia Regional Fair.
All animals must be registered in the name of the exhibitor prior to fair time or registration must be applied for.
Show entry forms are included in the fair catalogue plus will be e-mailed to various 4-H and FFA chapters. Additional copies may be obtained by contacting the Gordon County Cooperative Extension office at (706) 629-8685 or Sonoraville Middle School FFA at 706-629-0793