Participation in Wisconsin State Fair Junior shows is open to any boy or girl 12-19 years of age as of January 1st of the current year.
Youth must have completed YQCA certification. See the section labeled “YQCA” for complete details.
Youth are encouraged to actively participate in youth educational programs/organizations which enhance project awareness but there are no youth organization membership requirements to exhibit in the Junior animal departments of Wisconsin State Fair. Additional details are available here.
Junior exhibitors will submit all entry information and fees directly to State Fair online.
General Junior Show Information
The following documents apply to all junior show livestock exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Fair. Please read through this information prior to arrival.
Wisconsin State Fair is pleased to continue of the national certification program “Youth for the Quality Care of Animals” (YQCA) built around foundational pillars of animal agriculture (animal welfare, food safety and character education).
All junior exhibitors exhibiting animals in any Junior Departments must be YQCA certified at the time of entry. The certification must remain active through the dates of the Fair. The YQCA certification program is a national education program built around foundational pillars of animal agriculture (animal welfare, food safety and character education). The program is offered online or in person at regional locations throughout Wisconsin. For additional information related to the YQCA program please visit yqca.org.
2021 Wisconsin State Fair EXCEPTION: The active YQCA requirement will be waived for youth who, prior to November 15, 2020, provided Wisconsin State Fair with a copy of a YQCA certificate valid for the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair. These youth will be excused from the “current year active” requirement for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair only. Questions regarding this 2021 exemption may be directed to Wisconsin State Fair via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The operational format of the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair has not been determined at this time. Updated Youth Center information will be posted as it becomes available.
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