Baker County Fair Preparation 2019

It’s that time of year again, time to enjoy the corn dogs, funnel cakes, rides, and animals!

Getting ready for the fair can be stressful!

This checklist can help you get ready and feel more prepared for the fair.

  1. Be enrolled for the 4-H year.  To be able to show an animal at the Baker County Fair with 4-H ALL youth must be enrolled in 4HOnline and have the $20 enrollment fee paid. Youth who do not complete these requirements will NOT be admissible to show.
  2. Healthy and clean animals. When we are taking animals to the fair for exhibition or show we need to make sure that they are in good health, and look nice. Many people who are not familiar with the livestock industry come to the fair to see all of the “farm animals”. Our fair is the only opportunity some people get to see livestock animals. We should make sure that the animals look nice and the public can see that they are being well cared for. This also means you should keep the pens, food, and water dishes clean.
  3. 4-H attire. The proper clothing to wear when showing and selling your animal (show and sale) is a white collared button down shirt with the 4-H logo on the upper left side, black pants, but dark jeans can be acceptable, black shoes/boots, and a positive attitude. There is an option to order green corduroy jackets and vests (you can also borrow one from 4-H) from the Universal Lettering Company as well. However, the 4-H clover must be present on exhibitors’ shirt, this is not optional.
  4. Label all belongings. When you are at the fair with your show animal, you may have a show stick, brushes, feed buckets, etc. these items tend to grow legs and walk off if they aren’t marked to be someone’s property. This is an unfortunate thing that happens, and the best thing to do is label everything and put them in a locked box.
  5. Buyers’ letters. Buyers’ letters are sent out prior to the fair to invite business owners, community members, and anyone who would like to support the youth of the community. You should include information about yourself as well as a picture of you with you project animal(s) and don’t forget to invite them to the show, buyers’ dinner, and sale.
  6. Buyers’ gift. Typically on the night of the sale, youth selling their projects put together some sort of gift basket, wreath, goody bag, etc. as an immediate for their buyer.
  7. Night of the sale.  You’ve done everything above and it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! You sell your animal, shake hands with the buyer(s) and see that they get their gift. You still have to take care of your project until all of the market animals are taken to be harvested on the Sunday of the end of the fair.
  8. Buyers’ thank you letters. It’s been a month since the fair, and you accomplished the job of raising an animal for multiple months, and selling it. Once you get notification of whom your buyer(s) was and whom gave add-ons (an amount of money given as an addition to your project by various businesses and individuals) it is time to write thank you letters. Per the Baker County Fair Association Livestock Committee, rules state that all thank you notes are to be sent out by November 22, 2019. If not, the exhibitor will forfeit $50 of check amount; January 7, 2020, exhibitor will forfeit $100 of check amount; January 31, 2020, exhibitor will forfeit $200 of check amount. Forfeited funds will be used for a scholarship fund for graduating seniors.
Details for the 2019 Baker County Fair
Open Shows

Youth Goat Open Showmanship
Check in– Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3-5:30pm
Parent meeting– Friday, September 13, 2019 at 6pm (if needed)
Starts- Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6pm
Ends– Saturday, September 14, 2019 after 10pm

Open Swine Show
Check in– Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3-5:30pm
Parent meeting– Friday, September 13, 2019, 6pm (if necessary)
Starts– Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6pm
Release for swine not in market show– Saturday, September 14, 2019, after 10pm

Small Animals (Poultry & Rabbits) 

Poultry Show
Check in– Friday September 13, 2019, 3-5:30pm
Parent meeting– September 13, 2019 at 6pm (if needed)
Poultry judging– Monday, September 16, 2019 at 4:30pm

Poultry Showmanship
Starts– Monday, September 16, 2019, 6pm
Juniors– 8-10
Intermediates– 11-13
Senior– 14-18

Rabbit Show
Check in– Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3-5:30pm
Parent meeting– Friday, September 13, 2019, 6pm(only if needed)
Monday, September 16, 2019 (immediately after poultry showmanship)

Goats, Beef Breeding, Market Steer and Swine

Check-In: Friday, September 13, 2019, 3:00pm-5:30pm
Exhibitors/Parents meeting: Friday, September 13, 2019, 6:00pm (if necessary)

Goat Show: Tuesday, September 17, 2018, 6:00pm

Registered Beef Show: Immediately following goat show

Commercial Heifer Show: Immediately following registered beef show

Market Steer Show: Immediately following beef shows

Record Book Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2018, 7:00 PM

Non-market animals may check out on Saturday after 10:00pm

Swine
Mandatory Final Weigh-in: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Exhibitors/Parents meeting: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 5:30 PM
Record Book Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:00 PM
Swine Show: Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 PM

Youth Market Steer & Swine Sale

Buyers’ Dinner: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:00 PM
Steer & Swine Sale: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30 PM

Good luck! If you have any questions, please contact Shaina Spann, 4-H Youth Development Agent at 904-259-3520 or slbennett@ufl.edu

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