General Rules: Beef and Dairy Shows

Beginning 2023, Beef and Dairy cattle will be shown in separate departments and housed in separate barns. Please enter Beef under department D and Dairy under department E.

Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.

Please include a copy of health certificate and lease papers, if applicable, with your entry form. Entry forms should include class, breed, animal’s name and registration number, date of birth, sire and dam.

No entry fee will be charged. An entry form must be completed by each exhibitor.

Any exhibitor staying overnight will comply with the Fair’s overnight policy as stated and will be required to wear a Fair issued name tag and will be required to sleep in the dairy barn. Permission slips are required for any exhibitor under the age of 18.

Any exhibitor dispensing or consuming alcoholic beverages, or leaving before dismissal time, will forfeit premium monies.

All cattle must be on the grounds by Friday 4pm and remain until Sunday 5 pm.

No set up until Thursday 5 pm, spaces will be pre-assigned.

Cattle will be housed in a modern building. Bedding will be provided.

All trailers and animals must be brought in through gate #2. Please see the Superintendent to obtain a parking permit for your livestock vehicle.

Cattle shall originate from herds that meet the testing and health requirements of the State of Connecticut. All cattle must have a health certificate issued within 60 days of their first show by an accredited veterinarian stating that the animal is in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases. No animals are to be unloaded until the health papers have been shown to the Superintendent.

Out of state cattle are required to have a current health certificate, and comply with the health and testing regulations set forth by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Animals not complying with the above regulations will be removed from the Fairgrounds.

Animals must be owned or leased by the exhibitor. Certificates of registry and lease papers of all animals must be brought to the Fair and presented to the Superintendent.

No animals will be accepted on arrival at the fairgrounds unless properly entered.

All cattle will be judged in the ring and must be in the ring when the class is called.

The judge reserves the right to withhold the award in any class if they feel the animals do not meet the breed standards. Animals will be judged on their merits.

All exhibitors are encouraged to display farm and breed signs.

Fitting is at the discretion of the exhibitor.