Fair issues reminder on goats, swine and sheep deadline for junior exhibitors

The Merced County Fair said independent junior exhibitors planning to enter their goats, swine or sheep at the 2010 Merced County Fair have until 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, to meet all requirements.

That deadline date is 60 days before the fair, which will be June 15-20. Independent junior exhibitors entering market animals in the fair must give fair management a copy of their birth certificate or driver's license as proof of age. This is a local requirement.

According to state requirements, independent junior exhibitors entering market animals must provide fair management with a photo of their animal, appropriate proof of ownership, permanent tag, tattoo and/or hog ear notch information. The fair’s deadline for independent junior exhibitors entering market beef has already passed, fair officials said in a news release.

Rules for California fairs require independent juniors who want to exhibit market swine, sheep or goats at the fair must be at least nine years old or in the fourth grade by January 1, 2010. Exhibitors are eligible to compete through Dec. 31 of the year when they turn 19 years old.

All required information must be submitted to the fair office at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced.

Presented by the 35th District Agricultural Association, the 119th annual fair’s theme is “Wetlands, Water and Wildlife.” For more information call (209) 722-1507, fax at (209) 722-3773 or e-mail to Info@MercedCountyFair.com.

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