Livestock competition deadline approaching

The entry deadline of August 15 is rapidly approaching for exhibitors to register their award-winning sheep, swine, dairy cattle, rabbits, horses and beef cattle for competitive shows at the 2017 Clay County Fair.

“Livestock competition is a cornerstone of the Fair experience,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “We encourage exhibitors to get their entries to us by August 15.”

Daily open class livestock and horse shows are a highlight for many fairgoers each year with 700 exhibitors showing 2,223 open class livestock exhibits in 2016.  Additionally, several hundred 4-H and FFA exhibitors also show at the Fair.

New to this year’s Fair open class livestock competitions is the Hereford swine division. The Hereford swine show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9.  Changes have also been made to the draft horse show, including added premium money.  The North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series, which will feature $10,000 in prize money for the beautiful hitches, will begin at 1:30pm on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, giving fairgoers two afternoons to watch the draft horses.

“Our goal is to constantly expand our livestock shows to give more people the opportunity to show,” Parsons said.

Check out the exhibitor handbooks online at to find the rules and guidelines, as well as online registration, to enter livestock at the 2017 Clay County Fair. Deadline for open class livestock entries is August 15.