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Check back here for more updates as we prepare for the 2021 Indiana State Fair!

ENTRY INFORMATION

What is the 2021 State Fair Livestock Schedule?


What is the full competition schedule for the 2021 State Fair?


When does exhibitor entry open for the 2021 State Fair?


When will the entry books be available online at IndianaStateFair.com?


When can someone mail me an entry book?


Will there be any limits on capacity or head counts for the 2021 State Fair?


2021 4-H Animal Identification Information

LIVESTOCK FAQS

What is the entry deadline?


What does it cost to enter?


How many tickets do I get with my entry?


What if I need additional tickets?


When will I receive my exhibitor packet?


What is the show schedule?


Are there head limits?


What are the identification requirements for my_____?


What are the birth date requirements for my _____?


Will there be a pen/stall auction?


When will I receive my premium?


Is an animal affidavit required?


Will tents be allowed, inside or outside?


Where will we park our trailer this year?





COMPETITIVE EVENTS

Band Day

Will the track conversion to crushed limestone from the previous dirt/clay track affect Band Day?


Why will Band Day not be held on Opening Day?

Baton Twirling Competition

When and where will the Baton Twirling Competition be held?


Why did the Baton Twirling Competition move to a weekday and new location?


Is the West Pavilion air-conditioned?

Cheerleading Competition

Why will separate Cheerleading Competition Preliminaries and Finals not be held this year?


Fiddle Contest

I can’t find the Fiddle Contest in the list of competitions. Will the Fiddle Contest be held this year?


Why won’t the Fiddle Contest be held?

Youth Talent Contest

When and where will the Youth Talent Contest be held?


Why did the youth Talent Contest move to a new location?


Will I be able to watch my county entrant compete in the Youth Talent Contest?

Pioneer Village – Antique Tractor Show

I can’t find the Antique Tractor Show in Exhibitors Corner. How do I entry my tractor?


2021 entry updates

4-H Beef Cattle

  • No Chi Angus Steers to be offered

4-H Dairy Cattle

  • 4-H members must submit DNA hair samples for each 4-H dairy animal to the 4-H members County Extension office to be eligible to participate in the Indiana State Fair.
  • NEW 2021 -Animal Official ID Requirements – ALL 4-H Dairy Cattle must have an 840-RFID tag and have a DNA hair sample for each 4-H Dairy animal (includes leased animals) submitted to the county Extension office by May 15 (or earlier deadline set by county).All dairy animals are subject to DNA verification at any time during the Indiana State 4-H Dairy Show.
  • DNA hair samples are required for dairy beef steers and dairy feeder cattle to be eligible for the Indiana State Fair. DNA hair samples must be submitted to the County Extension office by May 15 or earlier deadline set by the county. Collection envelopes and instructions are available from your County Extension office. If DNA is not submitted by May 15th to the County Extension Office that animal is not eligible to show at the Indiana State Fair.
  • In the event of an identification error with what is entered into Indiana 4-H Online, there will be an opportunity to have a DNA hair sample collected at state fair check-in to compare to the sample from prior to May 15 at the 4-H member’s expense. This would allow the animal to be shown in the 4-H dairy (only if the animal was identified in Indiana 4-H Online for 2021) show, even though results will not be available until after the show. If a conclusive match is NOT found, the animal will be disqualified and will forfeit all winnings. The 4-H member must submit payment for the DNA sample at the time of collection at the Indiana State Fair.
  • For 4-H dairy cattle, partnerships of the 4-H member with unrelated persons or dairy operations are acceptable (i.e. John Doe and William Smith (4-H member) or Long Oak and William Smith). Dairy cows and heifers, owned in a partnership, may not be exhibited by more than one person from May 15 until the conclusion of the State Fair 4-H Dairy Show. This person must be the exhibitor of the animal in the current State Fair 4-H Dairy Show, or the animal will be ineligible for this show. 4-H dairy cattle will not be accepted in 4-H classes at the State Fair if they are registered in the father's name only or in a farm name, such as "Smith View", "Smith Oak", etc., unless the 4-H member has a certified lease agreement for this animal.
  • The Dairy lease program is only for 4-H members who do not own their own dairy cows and/or heifers. Only dairy heifers that will be less than two years-of-age at the time of the Indiana State Fair 4-H dairy show, may be leased. Leasing a dairy heifer will be considered the equivalent of ownership. The 4-H member should be regularly involved in the care of the heifer, regardless of where the heifer is kept, and the 4-H member should have exclusive show rights to the heifer during the 4-H lease period from May 15 until the 4-H dairy show at the Indiana State Fair. Leased 4-H dairy heifers must be registered (although it is not necessary to have the registration paper transferred to the 4-H member’s name) by May 15 and be properly identified in Indiana 4-H Online.

4-H Dairy Goats

  • 4-H Dairy Goat Wethers will continue using a declared weight system and will be weighed back after their class.
  • DECLARED WEIGHT SYSTEM USED - for Dairy Goat Wethers. Click here for more information!
  • After the top placing animals are re-weighted, dairy goat wethers should be no more than 10lbs heavier than their declared weight or they will be disqualified. Weights must be declared; and cards turned into the office by the time listed in the schedule. Failure to do so will result in the dairy wether being ineligible to show.
  • All animals are subject to weight verification at any time.
  • Dairy Goats that are selected for the Celebration of Champions their premium money for “champion” will be part of their Celebration of Champions payout.
UPDATE: American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA)

Acceptance of an ADGA stamped duplicate application for registration dated on/after February 18, 2021 will be permitted for any age animal in lieu of a certificate of registration/recordation until September 15, 2021 . Please review the information on the stamp duplicates below, as it must read by ADGA and include the registration number to be accepted at the Indiana State Fair 4-H Show.

Stamped Duplicates and animals showing up on your currently owned/ever owned list : Once the animal is registered online, you should receive an email with a pdf stamped duplicate. This will not have a received by ADGA date or a registration number. They will also not show up in your currently owned or ever owned list. There is an approximate 3-day turnaround to receive an email with the animal's registration number if you need that and at that time it will be added to your currently owned list.

To get a stamped duplicate that says received by ADGA and has a registration number you must do the following : Once the animal is in your currently owned list, click on the registration number of the goat in question and click on the white tab labeled Reports (not the one in black). Scroll down and you will see a Stamped Duplicate button which when clicked will open up a PDF that will have the date received and their registration number.

If your herd tattoo or herdname has ever been anything different from what your current one is: If you had been given authorization in the past to use someone else's tattoo or herd name, you will need to contact Gary Moore at gmoore@adga.org to have that adjusted. There isn't a way that authorizations can be distinguished between good and bad so it has to be done manually. Also, make sure any and all accounts linked to yours (spouse, sibling, child) have their tattoo/herdname corrected too or the system could pop it back to the original authorization again.

Tips for registering with ADGA:

Register your animals in the morning , as there is a known delay that will push the date to a day later if the entry is received after a certain time.

4-H Llama

  • 4-H leased llamas and alpacas must have lease agreement on file with their County Extension Office by May 15.

4-H Meat Type Goats

  • Each 4-H member is limited to showing any combination that totals no more than head of 4 meat goat wethers and/or meat goat wether dams.
  • Wether and Wether Dams must weigh at least 50 lbs. and no more than 5lbs above or below than their declared weight or they will be disqualified.

4-H General Terms and Conditions

  • A separate affidavit will be required for each event a 4-H Member enters. (i.e., If an affidavit is submitted by the 4-H Member exhibiting barrows then a new affidavit will be required if they are also exhibiting gilts.)
  • 4-H animals exhibited after the May 15 State 4-H animal ID deadline at any show by anyone other than the individual whose 4-H enrollment record is connected to the ID of the animal in Indiana 4-H Online will not be eligible State Fair Terms and Conditions Revised 9/20 Page 3 to be shown in the 4-H show at the Indiana State Fair. This term/condition does not apply to siblings, who may show each other’s animals at any show during the year without jeopardizing State Fair eligibility. 4-H animals that are selected by 4-H Extension Staff or 4-H Adult Volunteers for use in supreme showmanship contests (Master Showmanship, Round Robin, etc.) may be used in those county events without jeopardizing State Fair eligibility. This policy applies to all 4-H animal projects. For animal projects without state ID deadlines, the person who enters them in the Indiana State Fair 4-H show is the equivalent of the owner of the animals.
  • 4-H Exhibitors may receive clipping and grooming assistance from members of their immediate family (father, mother and siblings), from a current Indiana 4-H member, and from individuals in the Approved Animal Grooming Assistance Program.
  • Temporary guardianships established for the intent of animal exhibition or grooming purposes are not permitted and shall result in immediate disqualification.
  • Eliminated 8c – “is determined by the Purdue University Meat Lab Manager or State or Federal Meat Inspectors to be unacceptable for human consumption either during or post-harvest”. Upon legal review, scenarios employing this rule would be covered under 8a or 8b, as the Meat Lab Manager is a direct report to the USDA.

4-H and Open Rabbit

  • Dwarf Papillon Division was added
  • Lilac variety added to Polish Division

4-H Sheep

  • Clipping is prohibited for market lambs
  • Market Lambs actual weight must be at least 70 pounds and no more than 6lbs above or below than their declared weight or they will be disqualified.
  • Dorpers now get premiums – no longer exhibition for 2021

4-H Swine

  • Indiana Bred Program will not be offered

Open Sheep

  • Lincolns now get premiums – no longer exhibition for 2021

Open Swine

  • There will be no Jr. or Sr. Champions recognized

Indiana Arts

  • No Little Red Door Cancer Society sponsored culinary contest
  • Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Family Heirloom Recipe Competition moved to Culinary Stage
  • King Arthur Baking: Muffin Contest moved to the Culinary Stage
  • Burton’s Maplewood Farm: Cooking with Maple Syrup moved to Culinary Stage
  • Piano Competition is cancelled for 2021
  • Shoups BBQ competition is cancelled for 2021
  • Bottles and Jars class Fruit Jar has been removed: please enter Bottles at Large
  • China class Covered Vegetable Bowl or Tureen has been removed please enter China at large
  • Dolls class Miniature doll, any material or style up to 6 inches has been removed please enter Dolls at large. Best of show has been removed
  • Glass classes: Covered Compote, Goblet (exhibit one), Pair of Glass Candlesticks has been removed. Please enter Glass at Large
  • Time Pieces classes: Ladies Pocket Watch, Watch Fob, Chain & Charm (no watch) have been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed
  • Jewelry Class Designer Item has been removed. Please enter jewelry at large.
  • Metal Class Padlock has been removed. Please enter metal at large.
  • Tools Classes: Woodworking Tool (no planes), Finishing Tool (Chisel, Plane, etc.) - no sets have been removed. Please enter Tools at large. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Quilts and Coverlets class Woven Coverlets has been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Kitchen Items class Stoneware Bowl has been removed. Please enter Kitchen at Large.
  • Holiday Art class Christmas Figures (free standing, 3-D) – handmade has been removed.
  • Category: Dolls & Teddy Bears + 15 dolls 16 teddy bears has been removed.
  • Cards class Quilling has been removed.
  • Floral Design classes: Bridal Ensemble, Hanging Arrangement, Paper Floral, Swags have been removed.
  • Button Art classes: Old Button Art Pins, Button Art Necklaces have been removed. Please enter Buttons at Large. Best of show has been removed
  • Contemporary Media classes: Diamond Painting, Shadow Box, Modern Art have been removed.
  • Tole Painting classes: Folk – Floral and Folk - Other than Above have been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Non-Professional Watercolor class Animals has been removed. Please enter class other than above.
  • Best of Show has been removed from Category Painted Gourds as there are only to classes.
  • Category Fabric Best of Show has been removed due to there being less than three classes.
  • Category: Collections has been removed.
  • Category: Fine Jewelry has been removed.
  • Fiber Arts classes: Constructed and Basketry have been removed.
  • Woodworking classes: Furniture, Clocks, Toys, Wood Burning have been removed. Please enter class Other than above.
  • Professional Beadwork class Bead/Component Stringing has been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Non Professional Beadwork Best of Show has been removed due to there being less than three classes.
  • Printed and Dyed Textiles removed embellished fabrics. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Category: Jellies 1: Any type of Jelly has been removed.
  • Jams and Preserves classes: cherry, Sugar Free/Low Sugar have been removed. Please enter the Other than above class.
  • Butters class Peaches has been removed. Please enter Other Butters class. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Freezer Jams class Stone Fruit (peach, apricot, mango, or cherry, etc.) has been removed. Please enter Other Freezer Jams class. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Pickles classes: Beet and Sweet are removed. Please enter the other than above class.
  • Sauces classes: Tomato-based sauce (Marinara), Barbeque have been removed. Please enter the Other than above class.
  • Category: Decorated Food Preservation Theme Container has been removed.
  • Dips class Nut Butters has been removed. Please enter the other than above class.
  • Candy classes: Chocolate Creams, Brittle, Pralines, Maple flavored candy, Hard Candies & Lollipops, Sugar Free. Please enter the Other than above class.
  • Yeast Bread class Herd has been removed. Please enter the other than above class.
  • Non-Professional Cake Decorating classes: Tiered Wedding, Anniversary or Special Occasion, Birthday Cake, Bridal Shower / Baby Shower have been removed. Please enter the special occasion class. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Category: Angel Food Cakes Any Variety Angel Food Cakes: white sponge, white, chiffon was removed.
  • Multiple Layer Cakes class devils food was removed. Please enter the other than above class.
  • Honey Cakes classes: Devil’s Food, Gingerbread have been removed. Please enter the any honey cakes class. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Category: Cupcakes Any variety has been removed.
  • Cheesecakes Any variety classes Chocolate, Vanilla – Classic have been removed. Please enter the any cheesecake class. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • All sponsored contests during the Fair will be held on the Main Floor Riser (1st floor) or the Culinary Stage of the Indiana Arts Building.
  • Knitting – Accessories classes Shawl, scarf, or cowl - Cables or other advanced stitch work (50% or more on article), purses have been removed.
  • Knitting – Infants & Children classes Accessories (hat, booties, mittens, etc.), Outfit (to include hat/hood, and booties/socks) have been removed. Please enter the Any Infants & Children other than the above class. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Category: Fulling/Felted Knit or Crocheted Item Any item fulling/felted knit or crocheted item has been removed.
  • Crocheting Adult’s Clothing classes: Sweater, Dressy or Evening, and Sweater, Casual have been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Category: Crocheting Children’s Clothing has been removed.
  • Handspun Skein classes: Luxury Fibers (angora, silk, bison, camel, giviut, cashmere, etc.), Plant fibers (cotton, flax, bamboo, ramine, hemp, etc.), Goat Fibers (cashmere, mohair, angora goat, etc.), Youth (ages 18 and under) have been removed. Please enter the Other than above class.
  • Handspun Handmade Items classes: Crocheting, Indiana Garment (Handmade garment from wool or fiber from an Indiana farm), Youth (age 18 and under) have been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Counted Thread Techniques or Stamped Needlepoint Canvas class Wall Hanging has been removed. Due to there being less than three classes Best of Show has also been removed.
  • Counted Crosstitch classes: Framed – Embellished Design Area, Framed – Original Design have been removed. Please enter the Any other than above class.
  • Category: Fabric Techniques – Wearable Art (Done with Needle) has been removed.
  • Professional Color class Album/Book has been removed.

Baton Twirling

  • New Location: West Pavilion
  • Date: Friday, August 20, at 9AM

Cheerleading Competition

  • Separate Preliminaries and Finals will not be held. Only one session, beginning at 10am on Saturday, August 14.

Youth Talent Contest

  • New Location: Indiana Arts Building, 3rd floor
  • Dates remain the same: Saturday/Sunday, August 7-8 and 21-22

Fiddle Contest

  • Will not be held
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