Rules for Livestock Exhibitors

General Animal Rules
(updated 07/3/2017)

  1. The PA Department of Agriculture provides Animal Health Requirements for the 113 PA County and Community Fairs.  This document can be accessed at the PA Department of Agriculture website and should be referenced to ensure adherence to these requirements. 
  2. 4-H and Vocational Division is open to Snyder County 4-H and FFA members only.
  3. Any animal of unthrifty nature, unsuitable condition, or showing signs of sickness may be removed from the fair as deemed necessary by the Livestock Manager or Fair President.
  4. All beef, sheep, swine, and goats must arrive at the fairgrounds from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday for check-in. 
  5. Dairy animals may arrive Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Monday 9:00 am to 6:30 pm for check in
  6. Rabbits must arrive Sunday for check-in and weighing 10:00 am - 12 pm. 
  7. Poultry must arrive Sunday for check-in and weighing at 12 pm.
  8. A certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) issued within 30 days of the fair, must accompany all animals (except rabbits), and will be verified before unloading animals. An owner endorsed health form must accompany all poultry.
  9. Market animals are to be shown and presented for show/sale by the exhibitor. In case of two entries in the same class or illness of the exhibitor, another 4-H or FFA member may show the animal. Any 4-H or FFA member unable to show their animal, either at the show or sale, for any reason must submit a letter to the Livestock Manager seeking permission to have them shown by another 4-H or FFA members. An adult may not present animals entered in a youth competition to the judge.
  10. Ownership:  To be eligible for competition, whether singly or in groups, animals must be bona fide property of the exhibitor by August 1 as evidenced by their registration paper issued by their US Breed Association.  No Photostats or other copies will be accepted.  Pending transfers will not be accepted.  Exhibitors are advised to keep registration certificates available at all times.  4-H members leasing animals must have the appropriate lease paperwork completed and approved by the 4-H educator on or before June 1.  FFA members leasing animals must have the project as part of their AET and it must be approved by the advisor.  All animals must be owned by the exhibitor unless a leased project, with required paperwork. 
  11. Exhibitors and a parent/guardian are required to attend one of the following exhibitor meetings:  Sunday 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm or Monday 7:00 pm.  
  12. Exhibitors staying on the grounds overnight must register at the Livestock office. Exhibitors under 18 years of age must complete a 4H/FFA Overnight Permission slip and submit it to the Main Office. All exhibitors staying must check in with the nightly chaperone at 10:00 pm. 
  13. All dairy and livestock exhibitors must supply feed and bedding for their animals, as well as the needed equipment.  Care for animals must be provided daily. 
  14. If your fair pen is found to be in an unacceptable condition, the Livestock Manager and Sale Manager will tie a red ribbon on your pen and you will be notified.  If after 24 hours your pen hasn't been cleaned, you will be assessed a $25 fee per occurrence.  When a pen is flagged the exhibitor must report to the Livestock office when cleaned.  A fair official must check the pen.  Flags may be removed by a fair official only.  At the discretion of the Livestock Manager, Fair Manager, and Fair President pens can be sent home. 
  15. Exhibitors with animals in the swine, lamb and goat pens will e required to clean out their pens before Sunday night.  Rabbit exhibitor pens must be cleaned out by Saturday night.  Pens not cleaned out will result in loss of premium checks.
  16. No animal shall be on the premises if it has been administered a forbidden substance in any manner. A forbidden substance is any stimulant, depressant, or local anesthetic which might affect the behavior of an animal. No drugs are permitted to be administered to any animal without the permission of the department superintendent, livestock manager or an accredited veterinarian.
  17. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis due to limited space. Exhibitors are asked to use sound judgment as to the number of entries because of limited space. Space will be allocated on a square footage per animal basis with Snyder County Youth Livestock Sale entries receiving first priority, and then in this order:  youth breeding (6 per exhibitor with a total of 12 per farm, firm or family), Open breeding (6 per exhibitor with a total of 12 per farm, firm or family), and out of county open breeding. 
  18. In the event of death of an animal, the exhibitor must provide an autopsy by an accredited veterinarian and subsequent tests to determine the cause of the animals' death.
  19. Stall assignments will be made by the Livestock Manager and Dairy Committee.  Exhibitors and parents may request special placement, but should know this may not be possible.
  20. No stalls will be used for tack or feed unless assigned and approved by the Fair President.
  21. All animal entry forms, (copies of Official Breed Association Registration forms for all purebred, non-market animals, and entry fees, except market entries must be attached) must be filled out and mailed to Livestock Manager Carol Hoffman. Please send them to: Carol Hoffman 37 Jones Hill Road Middleburg, PA 17842 by August 15.
  22. September 1 is the final date to scratch an animal.  "No Show" animals will need a Veterinarians certificate to indicate why the animal is not being exhibited, or a $25.00 fee will be deducted from exhibitors premium check.  
  23. Animals must be double tied with neck chains/collar and halter.

Animal Tagging & Weigh In

Tagging Contact Persons

Market Steers & Dairy Beef May 1 Glen Gardner 570-658-7664
Market Lambs May1 Greg Erb (Email:
Doug Hollenbach 570-809-2146
Market Goats May 1 Kevin Stroup 570-259-4625
Market Swine May1 Matt Brandt 717-519-9691
Greg Erb (Email:
Market Rabbits August 1 Kathy Shea 570-765-6676 (email
Market Poultry June 15 Kathy Shea 570-765-6676 (email

Animal Tagging & Weigh-ins

Market Steer, Lambs, Goats and Dairy Beef: Saturday, June 2, 9-11 am  (Schedule is first come--first served)

Steer Handling Checks: Exhibitors will be required to handle and take their animals to the scales during the weigh-in and tagging day in June for safe and adequate handling.

Swine Tagging: June 15th at the Fairgrounds, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Rabbit Tattooing: August 18 at the Shea Residence, Paxtonville, 10 am. All animals must be tattooed on the same day. Animal Entry forms will be collected at tattooing time. Rabbit exhibitors may tattoo up to 10 animals to choose from.  Please have your forms (found on the website) completed.  If a form and payment is not available your animal will not be marked.

Poultry Selection:  July 17th at the Fairgrounds, 6:00 pm
Poultry entry forms can be found on the website. Please have your completed entry form ready at time of selection.  Poultry testing and tagging will be at the exhibitor's residence within 30 days before the end of fair.  

Reminder:  Animals must be castrated before the June weigh in.  A castration check will take place at this time by a veterinarian.