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Junior Livestock Update for the WV Interstate Fair

4-h livestock grand champion photo

Check-in times at the 2019 WV Interstate Fair.

Please plan ahead to have your animals to the fairgrounds on time. All animals will be checked in on Sunday, July 14, from 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. except rabbits and poultry. NO EXCEPTIONS! All animals, including horses, must be checked in by 3 p.m.

Rabbits will be checked in on Saturday, July 13 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Poultry will be checked in on Saturday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Contact Sean Cullen at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture at 304-767-4984 with questions.

No Open Swine Show at the 2019 WV Interstate Fair.

Contact President Mike Zoller at the Fairboard Office with questions  304-489-1301.

2019 Wood County Junior Livestock Market hog show will NOT be a terminal show.

There will be no breeding classes for swine in the 4-H/FFA Show. MARKET ANIMALS ONLY.

Livestock Judging Contest

The Livestock Judging Contest has moved to Monday, July 15 at 8 p.m.  Premiums will be awarded this year.  There will be two divisions including junior (ages 9-12) and senior (age 13 and older).  Again this year youth will evaluate market hogs, market steer, market lambs and beef breeding heifers.

Weigh-in for 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Projects Sunday, July 14, at 5 p.m.

Weigh-In starts promptly at 5 p.m. Please have your market animals ready. The following is the order for weigh-in:

Species (Weight Limit)

  • Market Goats (50-100 lbs.)
  • Market Lambs (90-140 lbs.)
  • Market Hogs (200-300 lbs.)
  • Feeder Calves (250-675 lbs.)
  • Market Steers (950-1475 lbs.)

Market Poultry and Market Rabbits
will be weighed Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. in the Small Animal Barn. Rabbits will be weighed first.

Market Pen Chickens (3) - 12 pounds minimum 4 lbs., each

Market Turkeys - 16 lbs.

Market Rabbits (3) - 12 -18 lbs.  Must weigh 4-6 lbs., each


Transportation Needs

If an exhibitor is having problems in getting their project animal to the fair in time to meet the deadlines, please contact the WVU Extension Service Wood County Office at 304-424-1960.


Moved to 9 a.m., Thursday, July 18, and Ag Olympics is at 11 a.m., same day.

Mandatory Market Livestock Meetings on Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

Directly after the weigh-in, all youth will meet in the fair shelter next to the 4-H Exhibit Building for information about activities happening throughout the week of the Fair. After the main meeting, Project Livestock Chairpersons will meet with each species individually. This is a good time to ask questions.

Market Steer Exhibitors

Market steers should be skin clipped to a quarter-inch ( ¼") clip, except for the ears, tail switch, tail head and poll of the head before weigh in at the fair. Steers will be inspected by two officials to approve clipping. If clipping is not approved, exhibitors will get one (1) hour to reclip steer to be reinspected. If steer clipping is not approved on the second inspection, steer will be disqualified. No exceptions.

West Virginia Lamb Tail Policy

Market lambs or breeding sheep entered in 4-H/FFA sponsored youth fair exhibits will be observed by Extension and/or FFA personnel for evidence of rectal prolapse. NO lamb tail measuring. Any lamb exhibiting any signs of rectal prolapse will be disqualified from the event, any official tags removed, and the animal removed from the premises.

Drug Residues and Processing

As fair approaches, be aware of withdrawal periods when using antibiotics and dewormers to treat livestock. READ THE LABEL! Market animals must be free of drug residues to be eligible for the sale.

Market Livestock Pictures: Monday, July 15 at 8 a.m., SHARP!

Please be on time and wear proper attire, including 4-H or FFA show shirt. A special thank you to Alisa Blake for taking pictures this year. If you cannot be in attendance for pictures, please contact your Livestock Chairperson or the Extension office at  304-424-1960.

Picture Order

  1. Market Hogs
  2. Market Lambs
  3. Market Goats
  4. Feeder Calves
  5. Market Steers
  6. Market Rabbits
  7. Market Poultry
  8. Horses

Market Hog Projects

Do not feed the morning of pictures so your animal will follow feed pan for photos.

Record Guides

Exhibitors must turn in a completed record guide and THANK YOU CARDS to the Wood County WVU Extension Office by Friday, July 26, 2019.

Buyer Thank You Cards

A reminder that you must write Thank You Cards to your buyers. The original must be brought to the WVU Extension Office to be mailed to your buyer. This is extremely important to show appreciation and respect to our buyers that support the Jr. Livestock Sale.

Show Attire

All exhibitors must be in proper show attire when showing in showmanship, market class as well as for the sale. Proper attire is defined as Wood County 4-H or FFA show shirt, jeans and boots

Barn Duty

It is every exhibitor’s obligation to keep the aisles of the barn clean! It is important we do a good job of representing animal agriculture and 4-H/FFA, including taking care of livestock and keeping the barns clean and presentable to the public. Public walkways are to be kept free of debris so as to facilitate good flow of traffic. Each exhibitor is responsible to keep their pen(s) clean.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact J.J. Barrett at the WVU Wood County Extension Office at 304-424-1960 or via cell phone at 304-483-4257. Contact FFA Advisor Kari Brown at 304-615-7836. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!