Along with our educational exhibits, there are teaching opportunities in our livestock barns. Browse through the competitions and learn more about Kansas livestock industry.
Rabbit and poultry barns
More than 2,800 coops with a variety of birds and rabbits
4-H/FFA members will be competing for a spot in the coveted Grand Drive the first weekend of the Fair. Showmanship contests for goats, pigs, sheep, and beef take place the first weekend of the Fair. Other contests, from llamas to cow/calf competitions to dairy cattle and horse shows, take place throughout the week, as well.
Rub-A-Dub-Dub, What’s-in-the-Tub and Grab-Some Grub
Learn more about Kansas agriculture and where your food comes from by watching the Fair’s grand champion livestock get a bath. Fairgoers can ask the FFA members questions about feeding and caring for the animals while the youth bathe and feed the top sheep, cattle, goats and hogs. Called “Rub-a-Dub-Dub,” there are several demonstrations each day. Hours/Location: Located at the Agriculture Education Exhibits Building on 23rd Avenue near Gate 5. Demonstrations are at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 - Sunday Sept. 15. Watch feeding time at 2 p.m.
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
Find some of your favorite animals at our petting zoo where exotic meets domestic. Fun for the whole family, this petting zoo allows fairgoers to interact with all their furry friends and even get the chance to feed them. Hours/Location: Open daily, the petting zoo is free with gate admission.
Watch the speed and agility — and yes, cuteness — of our famous racing pigs. And, what is not to like? Little piglets dressed in fetching racing silks run for the championship title and a coveted Oreo cookie. Pig-related puns come with the show. Some pig champions of past years include Sylvester Sta-loin, Kevin Bacon and Hamma Montana. Hours/Location: Located by Bison Arena near Gate 5, races take place at noon, 2:30, 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6; and 10 a.m., 2:30, 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 15. The pig races are sponsored by Mattress Firm.
Youth get the opportunity to train wild yearlings in the Mustang Beginnings Youth Challenge. Youth work to break the Bureau of Land Management wild horses over the summer then demonstrate their training skills Sept. 14-15.
Draft Horse Costume Contest
Sept 7. All entry fees will go to the Cancer Council of Reno County.