A Message from your Arkansas State Fairgrounds:
This weekend, your Arkansas State Fairgrounds hosted the annual Spring Livestock Show. We had over 660 entries, with 297 exhibitors.
As per procedure, each exhibitor must pass inspection. Our inspections are not handled by State Fair staff, but rather by the State Livestock and Poultry inspectors.
Unfortunately, we had to send home some 20 cattle exhibitors due to health reasons. The inspectors were following our published rules and regulations.
We take no pleasure in turning any of our exhibitors away. We realize the many hours of work that goes into showing and competing. However, we also realize that for health reasons and for the collective good of all our exhibitors, this difficult decision was made.
Earlier this year, we established a Livestock Committee, with representation from the superintendents of all our breeds, along with input and leadership from the 4H and FFA. This group has spent many hours reviewing our procedures and rules. One of our main goals is to be consistent in enforcement.
We also realize that this issue could have been handled better and that communications between our independent inspectors and our exhibitors needs review. Please know that we will be diligent in insuring that fairness is paramount and communications criticial for all future events.
President and General Manager
Livestock Assistant Coordinator
We pride ourselves on hiring professional, well experienced and nonbiased Livestock Judges to evaluate your animal’s classes.
Please click on the link below and it will take you to your species page.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our livestock office at any time. We will be happy to assist!
Livestock Assistant - Tanya Stark
NOTABLE RULE CHANGES FOR 2019
2019 Arkansas State Fair Market Shows will not be terminal.
Deadline to order DNA kits for Market Steers, Market Hogs, Market Goats, Market Lambs will be June 15.
Deadline to enter Online and have DNA post marked will be July 1. The Online entry and DNA will prove ownership.
Protest fee has increased from $100 to $250
Entry fees will increased across all species
Drenching will be permitted in specified areas with drenching gun, absolutely no stomach pumping
Cost for Replacement ear tags for Market animals has increased to $100, can’t be bought onsite; DNA must be submitted for Replacement tags
There will be no Miniature Cattle except for Miniature Herefords.
There will be a $10 charge for PeeWee Swine entries
There will be more farm visits conducted after ownership deadlines
No camping on West side of Swine barn. This will be used as Goat and Lamb grooming area and will be a charge for all Grooming Stands
All exhibitors will be required to purchase an exhibitor pass. The cost will be $25 per pass and must be purchased online for this discount.
All species must have a minimum of 10 head to make a show/division, this includes Market Hog Breeds
Showorks Market Entry Link: https://asfmk.fairmanager.com