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P.O. Box 707, 601 Fairgrounds Road
Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050
740-397-0484
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Superintendent: Heath Reynolds and Tami Ruckman

Senior Fair Board: Kyle Atherton

Junior Fair Board: Hannah Stewart and Emily Hauger

Arrival Time

Saturday, July 22 from 6:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Vet will be on gate duty from 6:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. All animals are to be in their pen by 3:00 p.m.

NO EXECEPTIONS.

Barn Meeting

Saturday, July 22, 3:30 p.m., Swine Arena

Weigh-In - Market Lamb

Saturday, July 22, 4:00 p.m., Swine Barn

Show - Pen of 3 Market Lambs

Sunday, July 23, 5:30 p.m., in Open Sheep Barn at your Pens

Showmanship - Sheep

Sunday, July 23, immediately following Pen of 3, Multi-Purpose Building

Show – Market Lamb

Sunday, July 23, immediately following the Showmanship, Multi-Purpose Building

 

Show – Breeding Sheep

Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 p.m., Open Sheep Barn

Showman of Showmen Competition

Wednesday, July 26, 5:00 p.m., Multi-Purpose Building

Sale

See 2017 Junior Fair Sales

Release Times for Animals Not Going Through the Sale

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 a.m. (Market Lambs going to United Producers)

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. (Market Lambs going to a processing facility)

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. (Market Lambs going home)

Friday, July 28, 10:00 p.m. (Breeding Sheep going home)

Rules and Regulations

Go To General Junior Fair Information for:

  1. Quality Assurance Rules.
  2. Drug Use Notification Form Guidelines.
  3. Check-In and Release Times of animals and projects.
  4. Showman of Showmen Competition Rules.
  5. Premiums to be paid and paying schedule.

Fitting and Grooming

  1. Single Market Lambs must be slick shorn within one week of the fair with at least a 13 tooth comb. They must be washed and dried by weigh-in.
  2. Additional trimming can be done after weigh-in by an exhibitor, advisor or immediate family member. 3. Pen of Three lambs should be shorn by June 1st so that a re-growth of approximately 1/2” is on the lambs. Pen of Three Market Lambs MAY NOT be washed, blocked, trimmed or painted.
  3. Trimming and fitting for Breeding Sheep classes is optional.
  4. See Knox County Livestock Fitting and Grooming Regulations.
  5. See 2017 Season/Ohio Livestock Tampering Rules.
  6. Fitting chutes will not be permitted inside any building.

Barn Meeting – Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Swine Arena

Check-In for Breeding Sheep – Saturday, July 22

  1. All entries will be checked at their pens. Exhibitors should be by their pens with proper and completed papers.

Market Lamb & Pen of Three Weigh-In –

Saturday, July 22, 4:00 p.m.

  1. Barn meeting - There will be a barn meeting for exhibitors, parents and advisors 30 minutes before weighing time to discuss procedures.
  2. Weight limits: 95 to 150 pounds.
  3. Lambs will be weighed on a one-pound break.
  4. All weights are final at the time of weigh-in. No re-weighs will be permitted.
  5. Pen of Three Market Lambs will weigh-in following the single Market Lamb weigh-in.
  6. Single Market Lambs cannot be tagged to be part of a Pen of Three. Pen of Three Market Lambs cannot be tagged or used as a single Market Lamb.
  7. Lambs will be classed according to weight.
  8. Lambs may be either ewe lambs or wethers.

Pen of Three Market Lambs – Sunday, July 23 5:30 p.m.

  1. You may tag up to 6 Market Lambs for a Pen of Three. You can only show one pen.
  2. Each lamb in the Pen of Three must weigh between 95 and 150 pounds.
  3. Hoof trimming, tagging, trimming of wool from eyes and other standard production practices are permitted prior to the fair.
  4. All lambs must be in possession by the tagging date in May and cared for until release time at the fair.
  5. All male lambs must be castrated (no viable testicular tissue) by the May tagging.
  6. All Market Ewe Lambs must have an individual identification tag to meet USDAAPHIS requirements for scrapie eradication.

Sheep Showmanship – Sunday, following Pen of Three Market Lambs.

  1. Exhibitor may use a market lamb or a breeding sheep project in showmanship.
  2. See General Junior Fair Information

2017 Junior Market Lamb Show

Sponsored by: Jason Rowe – Beck’s Seed

Market Lamb Show – Sunday, July 23, immediately following Showmanship.

  1. You may tag up to 3 Market Lambs. You can show up to 2 Market Lambs.
  2. All lambs must be born January 1 or later for the current fair year.
  3. All lambs must be in possession by the tagging date in May and cared for until release time at the fair.
  4. All male lambs must be castrated (no viable testicular tissue) by the May tagging.
  5. All Market Ewe Lambs must have an individual identification tag to meet USDAAPHIS requirements for scrapie eradication.

Breeding Sheep Show – Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 p.m.

  1. You can show up to 4 breeding animals. Only one entry per class.
  2. Show order (by breed): a. Ram Lamb, Yearling Ram, Overall Champion Ram. b. Ewe Lamb, Yearling Ewe, Overall Champion Ewe. c. Supreme Champion (Breed Champion winners).
  3. All Breeding Sheep must have an individual identification tag to meet USDA-APHIS requirements for scrapie eradication.
  4. Breeding sheep must be in possession of the exhibitor by May 1 and cared for until release time at the fair.

Junior Fair Sale - Thursday, July 27

See 2017 Junior Fair Sales Section

Premiums

See General Junior Fair Information

Knox County Junior Fair Entry Information

Sheep Breeding

Class Description Age Definition

Ram Lamb - Must be born after September 1 of the preceding year.

Yearling Ram - At least one year (12 months) but less than 2 years old.

Ewe Lamb - Must be born after September 1 of the preceding year.

Yearling Ewe - At least one year (12 months) but less than 2 years old.

 

Sheep Breed Code Abbreviations

Cheviot – CH

Columbia – CL

Corriedale – CO

Dorset – DO

Hampshire – HA

Heritage – HT

Shropshire –SH

Southdown – SO

Suffolk –SU

Cross – CR

Other Breed – OT

Sheep

Commodity Group Sponsored Events

Knox County Sheep Improvement Association

Sheep Lead Show & Lamb Cook-off–

Sunday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. – Swine Arena

Entry forms will be available at lamb tagging and other events prior to the fair. Entries must be typed and are due July

  1. See entry forms for correct mailing address. Open to Knox County 4-H or FFA members enrolled in a sheep project. In addition, pre 4-H youth are eligible to enter. 1. See entry form for due date and other pertinent rules.
  2. Sheep used in the Lead Show do not have to be owned by participant but must be entered in either the Junior Fair or Open Class Show.
  3. Sheep Lead Classes: a. Costume Class - costumes are optional for sheep. b. School Clothes - costumes are optional for sheep. c. Pee Wee (children 3-7 years old that can lead a sheep).
  4. Costume and apparel classes will be divided by age, determined after final entry date.
  5. Apparel used in all classes must contain at least 50% wool.
  6. Outfits may be purchased or hand sewn.
  7. Exhibitor may enter more than one class.
  8. Past winners are eligible to enter the show.
  9. Exhibitors must use a halter to show animal.
  10. Judging criteria: a. Participant’s attire 50%. b. Participant’s poise and appearance 25%. c. Exhibitor’s animal handling skills 25%.
  11. Awards to be determined by the Knox County Sheep Improvement Association.

Born, Bred and Raised – Presentation during Market Lamb Show

  1. Exhibitor or immediate family member (mom, dad, brother, sister) must have possession of a ewe no less 150 days prior to the birth of a lamb.
  2. Rules of possession and tagging apply to this class.
  3. Entries will be available during junior fair entries in June.
  4. There will be one class to recognize Born, Bred and Raised Market Lambs. Over and underweight lambs are not able to participate.
  5. Awards to be determined by the Knox County Sheep Improvement Association.

Rate of Gain Contest – Presentation during Market Lamb Show

  1. Initial weights are recorded at lamb tagging (in May).
  2. Suggested lamb weight at tagging - up to 70 pounds.
  3. Final weights are recorded at fair weigh-in and the average daily gain (ADG) is calculated from these two weights.
  4. Market lamb weight limits apply to Rate of Gain Contest (See above).
  5. See 2017 Season/Ohio Livestock Tampering Rules.
  6. Awards to be determined by the Knox County Sheep Improvement Association.