UCCE 4-H Program of Amador County
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UCCE 4-H Program of Amador County

Amador County Fair Information

Amador County 4-H Youth Development Program
Requirements for Participation at County Fair

Amador County 4-H members are able to participate in the Amador County Fair as a 4-H Member if they meet the following requirements.

Requirements for 4-H Participation at County Fair:

Youth may enroll in a project at anytime during the year, however the minimum requirements for successfully completing a Home Arts or Animal Science project, which qualifies the youth to participate in the County Fair are:

1. All returning members, must enroll by October 15 of the program year.
    All NEW members, must enroll by December 1 of the program year.

2. Youth must attend 80% of all monthly community club meetings and project meetings held from the time they enroll.

3. Youth must have a written 4-H record (Annual Project Report) to provide proof of supervision, the length of the project, attendance at meetings, and work completed in the project up-to-date.

4. The 4-H record must be submitted to the respective project leader. Leaders will review the record and sign to signify satisfactory progress in the project.

5. Fair entry forms with required club and/or project leader signatures must be submitted by the member to the fair office by the deadline stated in the fair premium book.

6. Members must abide by rules governing participation at the Amador County Fair and/or other qualifying fairs are as stated in the respective premium books.

Animal Science Project Policies

1. 4-H project animals are to be under the immediate control of the 4-H owner. If the animal is kept at a place other than the 4-H owner’s home or property, a letter with full explanation of facts will be written to the Amador County 4-H Extension Office within 10 days.

2. Any abuse of an animal, unethical treatment or violations of these regulations by an exhibitor shall be referred to the County Director for disciplinary action and possible expulsion from the project.

3. State 4-H policy outlines age requirements for membership in the large livestock projects. Primary members (under the age of 9 as of January 1) will not be allowed to enroll in any project that requires large animal ownership, handling or exhibition. Primary members may not enroll in large animal projects such as: beef, dairy goat, market goat, horse, sheep, or swine projects. Primary members may enroll in the following small animal projects: rabbit, cavy, poultry, Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Primary members are not allowed to sell livestock, but may participate in showmanship. Primary classes will be participation only. Primaries will not be judge, however feedback will be given.

4. Livestock ownership requirements for large/small animals will be as stated in the the CFDA's 2017 State Rules for California Fairs and Amador County Fair Premium Book. In case of an emergency or excused absence at the time of fair contact the fair office for current policy on allowing another member to show your animal for conformation.

5. All market animals shall be ear tagged according to current fair policy.

Home Arts Project Policies

1. Work must be created and/or owned by the 4-H exhibitor enrolled in a home arts project.

2. The guidelines for the specific levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced) of the clothing and foods projects must be followed.

This information can be downloaded here (Amador County Fair Requirements).

Link to the Amador County Fair page

Amador County 4-H youth members may enter into the Junior Livestock, the Horse Show, Jr. Feature Exhibits and 4-H, Grange & FFA Department, if they meet the previous requirements.


California 4-H Uniform for Fair         

While A uniform is not required for participation in any 4-H sponsored activity, event, meeting or occasion. Fairs do not fall under the jurisdiction of the 4-H program and may require their own clothing for showing.  The CDFA Fairs and Exposition Rule Book and the 4-H Youth Development Organization do not mandate a uniform or attire for judging.

Uniform Information

California 4-H hats, ties, and scarves can be purchased at Leslie Carman 4-H Supplies.

This company is listed as a resource only and does not imply endorsement by the 4-H Youth Development Program.

California 4-H Age Divisions

Primary 4-H Members: 5 years to 8 years old as of December 31st of the program year.

Junior 4-H Members: 9 years to 10 years old as of December 31st of the program year. 

Intermediate 4-H Members: 11 years to 13 years old as of December 31st of the program year. 

Senior 4-H Members: 14 years to 19 years old as of December 31st of the program year.

Amador County Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness Requirement

All Amador County Fair Junior Livestock Exhibitors, excluding primary members, are required to have current Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness training certification by May 26, 2018.

The California State Fair Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness program is being phased out and new certifications are no longer being offered. The Amador County Fair will accept the Youth for Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), a national multi-species quality assurance as the approved Quality Assurance requirement to exhibit, show and sell.

Here is the link to the new YQCA site: http://yqca.org/

Exhibitors with valid California State Fair Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness training are allowed to enter, show and sell their animals in 2018. For example; the 2016 Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness class held at the fairgrounds will still be accepted for both the county fair and California State Fair for 2018 fairs.

Here is the link to the Amador County Fair Page: https://www.amadorcountyfair.com/exhibitor-s-guide-entry-forms

Livestock Project Transfer

At the beginning of the year youths must choose in which organization they will carry their ownership/entrepreneurial project (i.e., project animal).

The Livestock Project Transfer Form that should be used when project animal transfers are taking place between organizations; 4-H, FFA, Grange, or Independent.

The form and policy regarding project transfers is outlined in the 4-H Policy Handbook Chapter 7, IV, E Animal Ownership.

Youth who transfer their animal project from 4-H to another organization may continue to stay involved in a 4-H leadership capacity within the same project.

Livestock Project Transfer Form

Amador County Fair Dates

Heifer Replacement Ownership of Heifer November 1, 2017 for 2018 Amador County Fair

Heifer Replacement must submit a completed Project Agreement Form and copy of Bill of Sale/Yellow Transport Form to the Amador County Fair office no later than close business Friday, January 26, 2018, no later than close business, Amador County Fairgrounds

Heifer Replacement pregnancy check date of Saturday, March 25 (8 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Beef Pre-weigh – Sunday, March 25 (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.)

4-H Equine Lease Agreement – due Friday, March 23 (to the 4-H OFFICE)

Sheep, Swine, Goats Pre-Weigh – Sunday, May 20 (8 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Rabbits & Birds Exhibitors must declare by Sunday, May 20

Register tattoo #’s for meat rabbits and pick up bands for meat birds 
Paperwork due May 20

Fair Clean-Up and Workday June TBA (9 a.m. 1 p.m.)

Livestock ENTRY FORMS– Due Friday, June 22

Pen Set Up Sunday, July 14 (8 a.m. 1 p.m.)

Static Exhibits in place July 21 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) & July 24 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 

MANDATORY Livestock Exhibitor's Meeting Tuesday, July 24 (3:15 p.m.)

Livestock Weigh-In Tuesday, July 24 (Swine after vet check, Beef, Sheep, and Goats after Livestock Exhibitor's Meeting)

Heifer Replacement (2) color photographs due Tuesday at Fair weigh-in (July 24)

Amador County Fair ~ July 26-29 ~
(2018 Amador County Fair Livestock Schdule TBA)

Junior Livestock Auction Sunday, July 29 (10:30 a.m.)

Still Exhibits pick-up Monday, July 30 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)


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