Sebastian County Fair


1. Return registration forms for Beef, Market Steers, Swine, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbits, and Dairy Goats by July 15 to:  P.O. Box 12, Greenwood, AR 72936.


All entry forms are available thru the following avenues…
Sebastian County Extensions Office…(479) 996-4131 and
Your Local 4-H Leaders and FFA Instructors
will also have Livestock Entry Forms
For Information on the Sebastian County Pageants & Talent Show:
Contact Marla Keady at

Late registration will be accepted until August 1 of the current year.  A $10.00 late fee will be charged for all late registrations.  All animals must be in place on the show grounds  by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday the week of the fair, and must remain on exhibit until the close of the fair.

By submitting an entry and participating in the Sebastian County Fair entrants agree to abide by the rules of competition, National Code of Show Ring Ethics as stated in the premium list of this event. 

2. All owners of livestock or others having same in charge shall care for, guard, protect and preserve the same, as the Sebastian County Fair Association does not undertake to do so, and shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to said property of the owners thereof.  Neither will the Association be responsible for damage done by animals.  The Fair Association will provide a night watchman.

3. Each livestock, poultry, or rabbit exhibitor must furnish his own equipment necessary for feeding and caring for his animals.  No straw, only shavings please.  All livestock released Saturday of the fair at superintendent's  discretion.  ANIMALS LEAVING BEFORE THESE TIMES WILL FORFEIT ALL PRIZE MONEY.

4. Out of County exhibitors (residing out of county) can exhibit for ribbons, but not for Premium money.

5. All stalls and pens must be cleaned before 9:00 a.m. each day and refuse disposed as superintendent may direct.

6. Stall and/or exhibit space will be assigned by the superintendent of the department of entry.  All stalls must be cleaned out to the department committee approval before premium checks will be handed out and animals released.

7. The judges will be selected with the utmost care, and will be familiar with correct judging practices.  Decisions of the judges will be final.

8. Premiums will be paid on the point basis.

9. In the event disease should show, the owner will be requested to remove animals for protection of other animals.

10. The minimum premiums will be paid at 25 cents per point.

11. A purebred animal is defined as an animal of a recognized breed which is eligible for registry in the official herd book of that breed.

12. Junior livestock entries who are either under or over sale weight will be allowed to show for premium money, but not allowed to sell in the Junior Livestock Auction.

13. A Herdsman Award will be given to the youth who keeps the cleanest stall during the fair in the Junior Beef, Junior Swine, Junior Sheep, Junior Poultry, Junior Rabbits, and Junior Goat Divisions.

14. To be eligible to show in the junior livestock departments and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction, a participant must meet the following requirements:  Be between the ages of 9 and 19 or the first fall semester following High School Graduation, an active member of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter in Sebastian County and a student in a Sebastian County School District.  Each participant must fill out the junior eligibility form contained in this book.  This form must be sent in with your registration.

15. All exhibitors must certify their exhibit has not been fed garbage or animal waste of any type.

16. All junior exhibitors with registered breeding stock must have the breed  association registration in their own name.  No transfer of papers will be allowed for registered animals.

17. All junior exhibitors will be allowed to enter their animals in the open  division provided they meet all entry requirements. No junior exhibitor will  be allowed to enter an animal in the open division after the entry deadline.  Open  classes will not be held unless there is at least one open exhibitor.

18. All poultry must be Pullorum-Typhoid tested before being brought to the fair or will not be allowed on the grounds. There will not be any testing on the grounds. Contact the Extension Office for information on testing date and location.

19. The fair board of any county, district, or state reserves the right to have a blood and urine laboratory analysis made for any animal at their fair.  Any exhibitor administering a drug to an animal which would render the carcass unfit for human consumption or any exhibitor of an animal producing an analysis indicating the presence of an unapproved drug that can result in a quantitative or qualitative change in the characteristic of the animal will be  required to return all premium money and could be banned from further competition. Their name and lab analysis will be submitted to the USDA & FDA for further investigation and possible prosecution.  Any animal  receiving medication for any life threatening disease or illness must be  registered at the time they are entered in the fair.

20. An entrance fee will be charged at the gate for all persons entering the fairground.  Exhibitor passes will be available for purchase until 7:00pm Tuesday only.

21. There will be a $5.00 stall fee per animal for livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, and swine) and per exhibitor for poultry and rabbits.  Must be included with registration.

22. Animals shall be presented to show events where they will enter the food chain free of drugs. The act of entering an animal in a livestock show is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer and/or absolutely responsible person for show management to obtain any specimens of  urine, saliva, blood, or other substances from the animals to be used in testing.  Animals not entered in an event which culminates with the animal entering the food chain shall not be administered drugs other than in  accordance with applicable Federal, State, and  Provincial statutes, regulations, and rules.  Livestock shall not be exhibited if the drugs administered in accordance with Federal, State, and Provincial statutes, regulations, and rules affect the animal's performance or appearance at the event.  If the laboratory report on the chemical analysis of saliva, urine, blood, or other sample taken from livestock indicates the presence of forbidden drugs or medication, this shall be prima facie evidence such substance has been administered to the animal either internally or  externally.  It is presumed that the sample of urine, saliva, blood, or other substance tested by the approved laboratory to which it is sent is the one taken from the animal in question, its integrity is preserved and all procedures of said collection and preservation, transfer to the laboratory and  analysis of the sample are correct and accurate and the report  received from the laboratory pertains to the sample taken from the animal in question, and correctly reflects the condition of the animal at the time the sample was taken, with the burden on the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to prove otherwise at any hearing  in regard to the matter conducted by the fair or livestock show.  At any time after an animal arrives on the fair or livestock show premises,  all treatments involving the use of drugs and/or medications for the sole  purpose of protecting the health of the animal shall be administered by a  licensed veterinarian.shall subject such individual to disciplinary action.

23. Any surgical procedure or injection of any foreign substance or drug or the external application of any substance (irritant, counterirritant, or similar substance) which could affect the animal's performance or alter its natural  contour, confirmation, or appearance, except external applications of  substances to the hoofs or horns of animals which affect appearance only  and except for surgical procedures performed by a duly licensed  veterinarian for the  sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal, is prohibited.

24. The use of showing and/or handling practices or devices such as striking animals to cause swelling, using electrical contrivance, administering by hose are not acceptable and are prohibited.

25. Direct criticism or interference with the judge, fair or livestock  show  management, other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials  before, during, or after the competitive event is prohibited. In the furtherance of their official duty, all judges, fair and livestock show  management, or other show officials shall be treated with courtesy,  cooperation and  respect and no person shall direct abusive or threatening conduct toward them.

26. No owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person shall conspire with another person or persons to intentionally violate this code of ethics or knowingly contribute or cooperate with another person or  persons either by affirmative action or inaction to violate this code of ethics.  Violation of this rule shall subject such individual to disciplinary action.

27. The application of this code of ethics provides for absolute responsibility for an animal's condition by an owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or participant whether or not he or she was actually instrumental in  or had actual knowledge of the treatment of the animal in contravention of  this code of ethics.

28. The act of entering an animal is the giving  of consent by the  owner,  exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to have any disciplinary action taken by the fair or livestock show for violation of this  code of show ring ethics and any other rules of competition of the fair or livestock show without recourse against the fair or livestock show.  The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent that any proceedings or disciplinary action taken  by the fair or livestock show may be published with the name of the violator or violators in any publication of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, including Fairs and Expositions and any special notices to members.

29. The act of entering of an animal in a fair or livestock show is the giving of verification by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely  responsible person that he or she has read the IAFE National Code of Show Ring Ethics and understands the consequences of and penalties provided for actions prohibited by the code.  It is further a consent that any action which contravenes these rules and is also in violation of federal, state, or provincial statutes, regulations, or rules may be released to appropriate law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over such infractions.




1. CERTIFICATES OF VETERINARY INSPECTION AND ENTRY PERMITS:  “Certificate of Veterinary Inspection” refers to a legible record (made on an official form issued from the state of origin) by an accredited veterinarian, which shows that the animals listed thereon meet health requirements of the state of destination.  It must bear the identification of each animal and separate certificates must be made for each species of animal entered.  Entry permits are required on all out-of-state swine, rodeo bulls, unless  they are tested within thirty (30) days of entry, psittacines, passerines,  ratites, all other avian species except poultry and turkeys, cervids, camelids, or exotic animals. 

Permit numbers can be obtained from the state veterinarians office (501) 907-2400  from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday. A certificate of veterinary inspection must accompany all out-of-state animals and:

(a) Must be available on request by animal health officials.

(b) Individually identify all animals, showing positive identification of each animal by tattoo, ear tag, registration number or ear notch.  Steers should be identified by description.

(c) Show required tests, vaccinations, and entry permit number, if applicable.

(d) Show name and address of owner or exhibitor  -  this shall be the  same name as under which animals are exhibited.

2. Any animal or poultry showing any evidence of infectious or contagious disease, or of external parasitism, and animals with active ringworm lesions (with the resulting loss of hair), multiple warts easily visible without close  examination, or atrophic rhinitis, will not be permitted to exhibit.

3. All animals entering the grounds, including those showing in pet zoos, children’s barnyard animals, Old McDonald Farms, etc. must meet  requirements of their particular species.

4. All animals originating out of areas quarantined because of other disease (vesicular stomatitis, scabies, etc.) will not be permitted to enter the state.



1. All animals entering the grounds, including those showing in pet zoos, children’s barnyard animals, Old McDonald Farms, etc. must meet the requirements of their particular species.

2. Arkansas livestock (except for Arkansas sheep, goats, horses, steers and rabbits) must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 90 days prior to exhibition, showing the following:



1. If Arkansas is a Class Free State, Arkansas cattle are exempt from brucellosis testing. If Arkansas is not a Class Free State then the following testing requirements must be met: Negative brucellosis test within ninety (90) days prior to exhibition, for females and bulls eighteen (18) months of age and over.  Animals originating from a Certified Brucellosis Free Herd are exempt if the Certified Free Herd number is shown on certificate.

 2. All heifers that have calved or are bred must be tested.

3. All heifers 4-12 months of age shall be vaccinated before entering show.

4. Heifers over 12 months of age will not be allowed to show unless originating from a Brucellosis Certified Free Herd.

5. All sexually intact dairy cattle 6 months of age and older will be required to  have a negative tuberculosis (TB) test and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, unless originating from an accredited free TB herd.                  

6. All breeding beef cattle 12 months of age and older entering Arkansas must originate from a TB-free state or TB-free herd, or have a negative test within 30 days of shipment in addition to a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.



1.  As of July 1, 2002, all swine must have an official premise identification.

2. Animals 6 months old or older to be tested negative for  brucellosis  within  90 days of exhibition or originate directly out of a Validated Herd, with Validation number and date of last herd test shown on certificate (barrows exempt from brucellosis testing, but must be pseudorabies tested).

3. Animals to be tested negative for pseudorabies regardless of age within 90 days of the exhibition on a test approved by the state veterinarian or originated directly out of a Qualified Pseudorabies Free Herd, with Qualified Herd number and date of last test shown on certificate.

4. Free of other contagious, infectious, and communicable diseases (erysipelas, atrophic rhinitis, etc.);  otherwise they will not be allowed to  show and will be released from fairgrounds.



All sheep must be identified by an official USDA Scrapie tag.  Sheep will be inspected on grounds.  Sheep showing symptoms of disease, particularly foot rot, sore mouth, and sheep pox will not be allowed to show.



All goats must be identified by an official USDA Scrapie tag, legible official goat registry tattoo if accompanied by a registration certificate or device that contains a premise identification.  Goats will be inspected on ground. Goats showing evidence of abscesses or any other disease will not be allowed to show.



Rabbits will be inspected on grounds.  No rabbits showing symptoms of disease will be allowed to show.



An official representing the exhibition shall notify the state veterinarian no later than thirty (30) days prior to the exhibition, giving names, place, inclusive dates, and time of the event. The requirements are as follows:

1. All in-state poultry, which includes domesticated game birds, quail,  pheasants, peafowl, guineas, and turkeys, present at exhibition in  Arkansas shall have originated from U. S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean or  equivalent flocks or have had a negative pullorum-typhoid test within  ninety (90) days of the movement to the exhibition (pullorum-typhoid  testing on fairgrounds during the fair is prohibited).  This information will be documented on a NPIP Form VS 9-3, 90 Day Certificate, NPIP Flock Certification Form or similar certificate which will accompany the poultry during exhibition.

2. All non-certified birds must be banded (leg or wing band), with a sealed band.  Wrap-around plastic bands are not acceptable.  In-state waterfowl are exempt from pullorum-typhoid requirements.

3. Any poultry showing evidence of infectious or contagious disease or insect infestation will not be permitted to exhibit.

4. Record Keeping - The sponsor of the exhibition shall compile a list of all poultry present at exhibition.  This list shall contain the name and address of each owner, quantity, species, breed, variety, type, sex, and pullorum-typhoid status of all poultry present.  A copy of this shall be retained by the sponsor of the exhibition for at least twelve (12) months.

5. Other in-state Tame or Exotic Animals - please call state veterinarian’s office for information and permit.

Printable Rules and Registration Forms:

General Animal Rules

Exhibitor Entry Form

Sen. Bruce Holland NW Fire Protection
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