Junior Swine Breeding Gilts: August 2-4, 2023
Junior Swine Market Barrows: August 7-10, 2023
Junior Swine exhibitors must be between the ages of 12-19 by January 1st of the current year and have completed YQCA certification.
See below for full details on entry requirements, show information, and upcoming deadlines.
Junior Swine Entry Information
Junior Swine Entry Information
- May 24, 2023 – 7 pm (Central Time): Online entries close
- May 31, 2023 – 5 pm (Central Time): Late Online entries close
- Junior Swine Entry Information
- Entries Closed
Show Stalling & Location
Show stalling information will be available in late July:
- Junior Market Swine Barn Stalling (Available in in late July)
- Junior Gilt Stalling – REMINDER: Stalling will be determined upon arrival
Swine will be stalled in the Swine & Goat Barn and all classes will be judged in the Swine & Goat Barn Show ring with the exception of the Grand Champion Market Barrow Selection, which will take place in the Case IH Coliseum.
DNA Identification Program
All Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification requirements for Junior Beef, Sheep and Swine (market and non-registered breeding stock) must be submitted by the Junior entry deadline to Wisconsin State Fair. More information available here. DNA hair kits and 840 ear tags are on sale here.
Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction
The Grand and Reserve Champion market barrow, lamb, steer, market breed champions, along with the Bred and Owned Market Champion steer, lamb and barrow will be auctioned off at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction.
The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation awards scholarships to Wisconsin State Fair livestock exhibitors annually. For more details about the scholarship program, please visit gbrla.com.
General Junior Show Rules & Information
Junior Show Updates
2023 Junior Show updates at Wisconsin State Fair:
- What’s New for 2023 – Junior Shows
- Junior Livestock Entry Deadline: May 24, 2023
- 2023 Wisconsin State Fair Performance Division
For 2023, Wisconsin State Fair Performance Beef and Sheep division contests have been modified to incorporate the components of ultrasound carcass merit (70%) and visual appraisal (30%). Rate of gain evaluation will not be included for 2022; therefore, weigh in sites will not be offered in winter for junior market steers or spring for junior market lambs. Junior market barrows will continue to be evaluated on ultrasound carcass merit (70%) and visual appraisal (30%).
Junior Show Eligibility
Animal Shows Requirements:
- 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.
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.
- Junior Rules and Regulations (ALL JUNIOR EXHIBITORS MUST READ)
- Video – How to enter Junior Market Beef, Sheep or Swine in Market, Performance and/or Bred & Owned
- MAP to Gates 9 and 5
- Pre-Fair Feed and Bedding Order Form (Available in July)
- Non-State Fair Animal Show Waiver
- Fitting Rule Waiver Form
- Judge Nomination Form
- 2023 Junior Judges (Available July 1)
- Agriculture Employee Conflict of Interest and Ethics
- Non-Resident Youth Waiver Application
Volunteer Adult Contacts
Junior show exhibitors MUST declare a Volunteer Adult Contact at time of entry. Options include either:
- A) Group or
- B) Individual.
Details available here. Volunteer Adult Contact application available here. Please note: VAGC applications are due March 22, 2023.
Full list of Approved Volunteer Adult Contacts.
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 yqcaprogram.org.
Junior exhibitors do not sign up for the Youth Center when entering; those who wish to stay in the Youth Center should contact their VAGC directly. Rooms may be occupied only by approved VAGCs, VAICs and current Junior show exhibitors. Wisconsin State Fair will send reservation forms directly to all approved VACs in April. To read more click here.
Youth Center Cafeteria Information
Questions regarding entering can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior & Open Shows; Dog Sports, Rabbit Hopping,
Meat & Dairy Products Contests: 414.266.7052
Competitive Exhibits: 414.313.2767
Wisconsin State Fair
640 S 84th Street
West Allis WI 53214