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Department III - Open Class
General Livestock Rules


  • 10am-3pm Early entrance and Vet check for 4-H
    Hicks Lake Barn, Swine Barn, Willuweit Pavilion and Simons Barn
  • 3pm-5pm VET CHECK not available. No animals will be allowed to enter the fair at this time.
  • 5pm-9pm Later entrance and Vet check for 4-H
    Hicks Lake Barn, Swine Barn, Willuweit Pavilion and Simons Barn
  2. All animals must be registered and recorded in their respective breed associations. Registration papers must be available for inspection at all times during the show. Must have photo copy of application (if registrations have not been received.)
  3. An entry fee shall be charged for individual entry. No entry fee will be charged for group entries. Entry fees are:
    • DAIRY $3.50 per head
    • BEEF $4.00 per head
    • SHEEP $2.50 per head
    • GOATS $2.50 per head
  4. Each exhibitor shall be eligible to receive two (2) premiums per lot.
  5. In group classes an exhibitor shall be defined as members of the same family or persons that house their animals on the same farm (except for Get of Sire and Dairy Lot Q & R.) one entry per exhibitor/group class.
  6. Space shall be allotted to Thurston County exhibitors first; out of county exhibitors will be given second priority.
  7. Entry fees must accompany entries. Please refer to division rules for entry deadlines.
  8. 4-H and FFA members may enter Open Class under the following conditions:
    1. Must comply with all Open Class Rules and entry deadline.
    2. May only enter if there is an adult Open Class exhibitor entered and exhibiting in open class and is housed in the open class section of the facilities.
  9. Each exhibitor is required to keep their own display in an orderly manner at all times that the Fair is open to the public. (10am to 10pm)