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2020 FAIR SPECIAL EDITION: Kansas LIVESTOCK SHOWCASE INFORMATION

In the spirit of tradition, the Kansas State Fairgrounds are excited to host the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Kansas Livestock Showcase. Held with the same prestige and deep competition found at the Kansas State Fair, this 2020 Special Edition will showcase the superior showmanship, hard work, and determination of Kansas' 4-H and FFA youth and open livestock exhibitors. This Special Edition show will follow Kansas’ Department of Health and Environment and CDC recommendations for social distancing, hand washing and sanitization, so although it will be held in September and on the State Fairgrounds, you may notice some “special” considerations for this stand-alone event.

Purpose: To support the mission statement of the Kansas State Fair by providing an opportunity for Kansas 4-H and FFA youth and open show exhibitors to showcase their hard work and livestock.


Support: With the support of all our show sponsors and Kansas 4-H and FFA, we are planning some great shows in September that will require assistance from all our great exhibitors!

Please read handbooks before going to the online entry! You can access online entry through the handbook pages.



2020 LIVESTOCK SHOWCASE HANDBOOKS


Eligibility: Open to Kansas 4-H and FFA exhibitors that have nominated livestock projects for the 2020 Kansas State Fair as well as open livestock shows with entries open to out-of-state exhibitors. Shows will be available for the following:

  • Open Boer Goat* (vet check 2 pm - 4 pm)
  • Open Sheep* (vet check 7 pm - 9 pm)
  • Open Swine*
  • Open & 4-H & FFA Dairy Goat* (vet check 5 pm - 7 pm)
  • Open Dairy Cattle & 4-H & FFA*
  • Open Beef Cattle*
  • 4-H Horse
  • Wild Horse Youth Challenge*
  • 4-H & FFA Sheep
  • 4-H & FFA Swine
  • 4-H & FFA Meat Goat
  • 4-H & FFA Beef Cattle
  • Open & 4-H & FFA Poultry*
*nomination not required


Schedule: The schedule allows more room for exhibitors to obey physical distancing recommendations. The separation of the shows allows for the Fairgrounds to be cleaned thoroughly between sessions.

**Some shows and competitions will not be offered for 2020. This includes Super Cow Calf show, Watusi show, Equitation show, Versatility, Miniature Horse show, Draft Horse shows, Cowboy Mounted Shooting and Rabbit show.









Attendees: For crowd control purposes each exhibitor and any family member associated with the exhibitor will always be required to wear exhibitor wristbands in the livestock barns. The wristbands will be good for the session (days) the exhibitor is showing. They cannot be used for other sessions or weekends. Wristbands are limited to exhibitors and family, not for fitters and friends. All others can watch Grand Drive shows on Walton Webcasting!

A limited number of wristbands will be available to show supporters.

Wristbands will be required to access the livestock shows. Wristbands will not be available on site. Wristbands are good for the all days of the show, but do not cross over into other shows or weekends.

Additional fees will be charged for parking. Free parking will be available close to the shows.

Livestock trailers will park in the C Lot across Plum street. No trailers are allowed to park on grounds unless in a reserved, paid electrical space.

Children 5 and under do not need a wristband.

Unfortunately, there is not an option to purchase wristbands individually or daily passes.

Entry: All open shows & 4-H Horse 4-H / FFA Grand Drive and Mustang exhibitors will enter through the ShoWorks system on KSF website. 4-H & FFA Dairy exhibitors will enter through 4-H system.


ENTRY DEADLINE:

JULY 15, 2020 for 4-H / FFA Grand Drive

AUGUST 15, 2020 Open show entries


AUGUST 1, 2020 4-H Horse entries and stalling due


4-H & FFA Grand Drive Exhibitor Communication:
Follow show information on Facebook under The Grand Drive and the Kansas State Fair Facebook page and website.

Generators: No auxiliary generators will be provided. No generators allowed on grounds.

Parking: Parking will be allowed on the fairgrounds in designated areas with a parking pass. Passes must be displayed in window at all times.

Trailer Parking: Trailers parking will be available across Plum Street in Lot C for no additional charge.

Premiums and Ribbons: Ribbons and Rosettes will still be given out as well as other listed awards. However, monetary premiums maybe adjusted for shows based off of the number of entries.

Rules: Premium books with full rules will be available by end of day on July 15, 2020.

Exhibitors will notice some key changes for 2020 in certain species. All shows will be non-terminal with the exception of the following animals that will be processed at Yoder Meat: Grand and Reserve Grand 4-H / FFA Champion Market Beef; Grand and Reserve Grand Champion 4-H / FFA Market Hog; Grand and Reserve Grand Champion 4-H / FFA Market Lamb; Grand and Reserve Champion 4-H & FFA Market Meat Goat.

Due to physical distancing requirements, reduction of interactions and lack of resources, the traditional Grand Drive Finale and Gala will not be held this year. Top 5 animals will be selected in each species show ring 30 minutes following the last class.

Other Amenities: A small variety of food and show supply vendors will be available.

Bathrooms will be provided. Please follow suggested guidelines when using the facilities provided.

Due to increased health protocols exhibitors will not be allowed to sleep in the barns. No overnight accommodations will be allowed in the barns or the Encampment building.

Camping is available in limited space in livestock area and other areas on the Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact Nicole at nicole.jaskoski@ks.gov.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:

All employees, exhibitors, vendors, and patrons must closely follow all rules, guidelines, and advice set forth by the United States Federal Government, CDC, State of Kansas Governor’s Office, Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

It is strongly encouraged that volunteers, participants, and families use face coverings when they cannot practice physical distancing.

Some rows or sections of seating may be blocked off in order to space people at least 6 feet apart.

No standing along the arena fence to watch the shows. We ask patrons to use the seating provided. Grand Drive shows will be put on LED screens in the barns and Walton Webcasting to help with physical distancing.

Lines or queues will be eliminated where possible or people will be encouraged to stay at least 6 feet apart by providing signs or other visual cues such as tape or chalk marks.

Frequent hand washing with soap and water is greatly encouraged. If soap and water is not available hand sanitation stations will be placed throughout the barns and show arenas.


All exhibitors will be released when they are done showing. Awards will be presented in the open shows after each breed.

Cleaning and sanitization of all frequently touched surfaces will occur during the set-up and throughout the duration of the events.

For further information, please contact the Competitions Department at jenn.galloway@ks.gov or kerry.toews@ks.gov or call 620-669-3600.

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