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Livestock General Rules


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. However, exhibitors are cautioned that the current rules and regulations of the State Fair Park Authority, as interpreted by Fair Administration and the Board of Directors, will take precedence over this listing due to the possibility of typographical error or inadvertent omission.

In the event of conflict between the general rules and the special rules governing the various departments, the special rules will take precedence.

The Board reserves the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and to settle and determine all matters, questions, and differences in regard thereto, or otherwise arising out of, connected with or incident to the Fair.

The Board reserves the right to amend or add to these rules, as it, in its judgment, may deem necessary.


  1. Competition at the Utah State Fair is governed by the State Fair Park Authority rules and regulations as well as the rules in each department.
  2. Exhibitors shall complete online entry forms through a link provided on utahstatefair.com. Online entries are strongly encouraged as it helps streamline check ins and allows fair management to properly prepare for the fair. Payment of entry charge must accompany entry form. No refunds will be made on entry fees .
  3. Submittal of entry form by the exhibitor constitutes a contract between the State Fair Park Authority and the exhibitor. It indicates the exhibitor's acceptance of Fair rules and his/her eligibility for prize awards as offered by the State Fair Park Authority.
  4. When sufficient entries are received in any department to fill the space available, no further entries will be accepted. To ensure entry, it is essential that it be made well in advance of the closing date.
  5. A protest against judging, exhibitor handbook rules, exhibition of displays, damage to an exhibit or a disagreement with Fair personnel, shall be made in writing to Fair Management, stating the exact reason for the complaint. The Executive Director, his/her designee and/or the Board of Directors shall consider and act on the complaint.
  6. Upon request, exhibitors may view the official entry and judge's forms in the Administration office one month after the conclusion of the Fair but prior to December 31st of that year.
  7. Unless otherwise provided, articles can be entered only by the owner or producer. Any attempt to perpetrate a fraud by misrepresentation will bar the specimen from competing for any premium.
  8. Department supervisors may remove from the grounds any exhibit that is falsely entered, or which may be deemed unsuitable or objectionable.
  9. Anyone requesting new categories or classes for inclusion in future exhibitor handbooks shall submit, in writing, a request to Fair Management by January 5 th. Final action on the request shall be taken by the Executive Director, his/her designee and/or the Board.
  10. Departments - Beef cattle, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats, Hogs, Sheep, Boer Goats, Pigeons, Poultry, Rabbits, Market Steers, Market Lambs, Market Goats, Market Hogs


  1. All prizes will be awarded at the earliest possible date after judging. Checks not cashed within 90 days of issue date will become void.
  2. All budget related requests must be submitted in writing to the Fairpark management by the 1st of January to be considered for that year's Fair.


  1. No judge will be allowed to exhibit in the department in which he/she is acting as a judge.
  2. An exhibitor acting improperly towards fair officials may be barred from competition or exhibiting until making restitution and receiving reinstatement from the Fair Board.
  3. Before any award is made, objections to a judge must be submitted to Fair Management, providing valid and sufficient reasons.
  4. The judges shall carefully read the general rules and all special rules under the heading of the department or class in which they are to judge; and especially note and mark those rules bearing on the classes to be adjudicated by them. Ignorance of rules is inexcusable with a judge.
  5. The entry clerk shall under no circumstances allow the judging sheets to go from his/her possession, or to be inspected by anyone, except authorized officers, until entries of the judge's decisions have been made, the records audited and closed.
  6. The judge, superintendent and clerk recording the awards of the department, must sign the judging sheets at the close of each show .
  7. Judges and clerk assistants need to carefully enter the award on the judging sheet after it’s been made, as premium payment depends on this entry.
  8. Judges must not award prizes to an unworthy exhibit. It is the intention of the management that no premium or distinction of any kind shall be given to any article that is not deserved. This rule must be strictly adhered to whether or not there is competition.
  9. The regular premium offered by the Fair cannot be changed by any judge or supervisor and no extra premiums can be awarded except by the Fair Board. In the event there is no competition in class numbers, the judge shall determine which award the entry would receive in the face of competition. In no event will two entries by the same owner, producer, or same herd constitute competition.
  10. Judges must avoid contact with the exhibitors and will refuse to hear the merits or demerits of exhibits upon which they will be expected to pass judgment. They must, if an attempt be made by an exhibitor to interfere or influence their decision, report the fact at once to the Department Supervisor.
  11. A judge will not be allowed to judge exhibits entered by a member of his or her immediate family. The judge should notify the department supervisor prior to judging if this situation occurs.


The Salt Lake City Board of Health rules and regulations prohibit house trailers or campers on the grounds. Trailers and campers should go to a commercial trailer park where sewer and electrical facilities are available. Trucks will be allowed to park near barns for a limited time only for unloading, loading, and feeding of animals. This rule will be strictly enforced.


Exhibitors may purchase a season pass for $60 and a one day pass for $9. The passes will be available on a limited basis which will be determined by the number of exhibits entered by the exhibitor. See special livestock department rules for courtesy pass information.

Patron Rules

  1. A patron shall pay a gate admission charge upon entrance to the annual Utah State Fair. The admission charge will be posted at the entrance gates and shall be established by the Executive Director and Board on a yearly basis. Gate refunds shall not be considered unless the patron submits, in writing, a request to the Executive Director stating the reason for the refund. A refund may be given only at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  2. A patron parking in the Fairpark parking lot shall pay a parking charge. The charge, which is subject to change, shall be posted at the parking lot entrance. The management shall not be responsible for damage to vehicles or theft of property from vehicles.
  3. The Fairpark management reserves the right to remove from the Fairpark any person who uses foul or abusive language, is wearing offensive clothing, makes offensive actions or is intoxicated as determined by the Executive Director, or violates any rules of the Utah State Fair Corporation.
  4. The Fairpark management reserves the right to remove from the Fairpark any person distributing advertising material or conducting private business of any kind, who does not have an authorized Exhibit Space Lease Agreement.
  5. A patron who feels he has been mistreated by Fairpark personnel, exhibitors, midway and food concession personnel, or others, shall submit, in writing, a detailed summary of his complaint for action by Fairpark management and/or the Board of Directors.
  6. A patron involved in any type of accident while on the Fairpark shall contact the Fairpark administration office or a Fairpark representative immediately to request that an official accident report be completed.
  7. No pets, bicycles, motorcycles, rollerblades, roller-skates, skateboards or golf carts shall be allowed on the Fairpark without written approval of Fairpark management. Seeing eye dogs or companion pets required by physician prescription are the only exception.
  8. A patron purchasing merchandise or entering into contracts with commercial, educational and nonprofit exhibitors is responsible for his transactions. The Utah State Fair Corporation shall not assume responsibility for faulty merchandise or for agreements entered into by a patron.
  9. A patron shall not litter the Fairpark. Trash shall be placed in cans provided.
  10. A patron shall not deface the grounds or buildings, outside or inside. Anyone damaging buildings or grounds shall be required to pay all repair and replacement costs.
  11. No fires or flammable materials are allowed on the Fairpark without written approval of Fairpark management.
  12. Patrons shall not remove Utah State Fair Corporation property from the buildings and grounds. Flowers and garden crops shall not be removed without permission of Fairpark management.
  13. A patron shall adhere to the hours of the Fairpark which shall be posted at the entrance gates and may be changed yearly.
  14. Contractual service agreements negotiated by the Utah State Fair Corporation may be reviewed by an individual with the approval of the Executive Director.
  15. Any pictures or videos taken during the Fair for publicity or commercial gain must have the prior approval of the Executive Director.


Health Regulations and Brand Inspection Requirements



An official health certificate meeting Utah animal health regulations, issued by an accredited veterinarian must accompany all out-of-state animals certifying them to be free from communicable diseases. All animals exhibited must be properly identified on the health certificate by registered name, number, tattoo, and other identification marks. Current Utah animal health regulations can be obtained by calling the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food at 801-982-2235. The health certificate should be presented to the supervisor of that Department at the time of registration at the Fairpark or maintained at premises where animals are exhibited.

All sheep and goats must be identified with an ear tag showing premises number and individual ID number in accordance with the Federal Scrapie Eradication Program.

Sheep should not enter or be bathed near the area where the goats are exhibited.

No animal or animals will be allowed to be shown that originate from a quarantined herd or area, or that show evidence of a contagious or infectious disease, or a severe pathological condition.

Animals showing lesions of ringworm or excessive warts will not be permitted to show.

A veterinarian from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food will be allowed to inspect animals upon request, or may inspect health certificates.

A statement of drug and vaccine withdrawal period may be required on some classes of livestock.

It is recommended that all animals and birds exhibited at the Fair be isolated for 30 days before being permitted to mingle with the home flock.

Market Steers, lambs, goats and hogs will not require a health certificate since they will be inspected during arrival.


Sale animals must meet Utah change of ownership regulations on the brand inspection certificate.

Brand Inspections on all market cattle (those intended to be sold) will be performed by a Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Livestock Inspector at the Fairpark during the weigh-in. Proof of ownership must be furnished by the owner at this time. A brand card, brand inspection certificate, auction invoice, special sales invoice, or registration papers will act as this proof.

Show cattle (those not intended to be sold) are also required to have proof of ownership brought with the cattle. Out-of-state cattle returning home will be required to obtain a brand inspection prior to leaving the Fair.

Questions regarding brand inspection requirements, please call the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food at 801-538-7137.

Entry Information

  1. 4-H and FFA exhibitors desiring to enter open class must meet open class entry deadlines.
  2. Special permission through a written request to the Fair Management must be obtained when animals are to be entered late due to a conflict with another fair, when animals are required to leave early because of another fair and when animals will arrive early before specified entry time.
  3. Entry forms must be signed by the exhibitor.


Livestock will not be released without the written consent of the supervisor.


All open class exhibitors who have exhibits requiring daily care by the exhibitor shall receive one season pass. If it is necessary for an individual other than the exhibitor to assist in the care of livestock, additional season passes will be available at a cost of $50.00 each, and a $8.00 one-day pass (good for one time admission) will also be available. Passes will be issued on a limited basis. Hand stamp at exit gates permit pass-out privileges.

Health Regulations

  1. All livestock exhibitors are required to read and abide by the Health Regulations & Brand Inspection rules listed above.
  2. Supervisors and Dept. of Agriculture veterinarians will check all livestock health certificates, where required.


  1. Animals must be registered and entered in the name of the owner. An exhibitor may assign a representative to show his animals, but the animal must be entered on the entry form in the name of the owner. The animal must be registered to the owner at the time of judging. Pedigrees are not needed on market steers, market goats, lambs and swine.
  2. Registration numbers must be shown on entry forms. Entries received without registration numbers may not be processed. Animals entered with pending registration numbers must have registration papers or proof of submission to appropriate breed association at time of check-in.
  3. Exhibitors must be in a position to furnish certified statements of the pedigree of his animals. Registration papers and tattoos may be checked before judging by the supervisor or by national association representatives.
  4. Beef cattle must have a legible tattoo which can be compared with identification on registration papers. If a discrepancy or falsification is found the animal in question will be ineligible for competition.


  1. All animals must be paraded in the ring when so ordered by show management and anyone failing to comply with this rule will be liable to forfeit any prize to which he may otherwise be entitled.
  2. Exhibitors will not be allowed in the show ring unless clean and neatly dressed.
  3. Any act of discourtesy or disobedience to the officials or judges
    on the part of an exhibitor, rider, driver or groom, will disqualify any animal for an adjudication.
  4. In case of one entry in a lot, an inferior animal will not be awarded a prize.
  5. Animals must be in show form, clean and trim, or the judge will refuse to place.

Stall Arrangements

  1. To be eligible for premiums exhibitors must keep stalls and tie-outs clean and litter must be deposited in a place designated by the supervisor. Both should be clean by 10 a.m.
  2. The supervisor shall have entire charge of the assigning of stalls for animals exhibited, and no animal, after having been assigned, may be removed even temporarily, without the consent of the supervisor. Violation of this rule will subject the exhibitor to forfeiture all premiums won by him, and from again entering the Fair.
  3. At the expense of the Fair all pens and stalls will be bedded when the show opens. Barn supervisors will provide exhibitors with instructions covering feed storage and handling of bedding in the show barn. Exhibitors must arrange for their own feed, and for shavings after the first bedding. Additional shavings may be purchased through the Livestock Office. The use of straw bedding is prohibited on the Fairpark.
  4. Animals not entered in the show will not be allowed to be housed in the barn unless there is additional space available.


  1. The Salt Lake City Board of Health rules and regulations prohibit house trailers or campers on the grounds except in designated locations. House trailers must go to a commercial trailer park where sewer and electrical facilities are available. Exhibitors with self-contained trailers or campers may be assessed an additional fee and may park in designated areas only.
  2. Trucks will be allowed to park near barns for a limited time only for the feeding of animals. This rule will be strictly enforced. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the Livestock Bridge from Parking Lot A to the livestock area whenever possible. This will help alleviate the problem of vehicles parking near the barns.


  1. No one exhibitor or exhibits from one herd will be allowed more than two ribbons and two monies in any one lot. Clerks will be careful to see that exhibitors having three or more exhibits in any one lot receive only two ribbons and that their other entries are eliminated, so that other exhibits in the line shall receive not only their proper money, but proper ribbons as well. In Pigeons and Poultry, the limit will be three ribbons and monies in any one lot.
  2. Exhibitors who leave grounds with exhibits before release time will be penalized by having premium money withheld unless special permission is obtained from management through a written request from the exhibitor.


  1. Exhibitors are encouraged to decorate stalls and/or provide signs to inform fairgoers about their exhibit, subject to the approval of the supervisor.
  2. Barn wiring is not set up to carry an excessive load of electricity. Check with supervisor before using connections for special hook-ups.
  3. Animals should be clean and properly fed and cared for at all times throughout the show or prize money will be forfeited.
  4. Each exhibitor has absolute responsibility for the care and condition of the animal(s) they enter and bring to the Fair.
  5. Each exhibitor shall be responsible for any injury that may be occasioned by any person, whosoever, by any animal exhibited, and each exhibitor shall indemnify the Utah State Fair and officers thereof, against all claims or demands of any kind or nature that may grow out of any injury occasioned by the animal exhibited or to arise from the negligence of the person in charge of such animal.
  6. No dogs allowed in barns.
  7. Exhibitors must keep their stalls open and stock uncovered from Fair's opening to 8:00 p.m. each day. No tie-outs permitted before 8:00 p.m.
  8. Use of artificial hair is prohibited, and will disqualify animal from the show.
  9. New Breeds (Those without a separate show classification) may be shown in an Any Other Recognized Breeds' class if one is offered, or may be entered for display only. Displaying of new breeds at the Fair is encouraged. A minimum of 20 head for beef & dairy, 16 head for sheep & swine, and 20 head for dairy goats, provided by a minimum of two exhibitors not from the same farm or family, is required to establish a separate breed show. If the qualifying number are shown in any given year, a request may be submitted that a separate breed show be established the following year. Contact must be made with the Fair Management by January 1st of the subsequent year to be considered. Establishment of a new breed show may be dependent on space and/or budgetary constraints.
  10. Any breed not having the required number to show for two consecutive years may be eliminated as a separate breed class, but may still show with the "Any Other Recognized Breeds" class if one is offered.
  11. An "Any Other Recognized Breed" class must have at least half the minimum number required to establish a separate breed classification before an actual show will be organized and premiums paid.
  12. Display animals will be allowed only if space is available. Prior arrangements must be made with the Fair Management. Display animals must pay the same entry charge as open class entries and are subject to all rules and regulations.
  13. No smoking or open flames allowed in the barn or barn area.
  14. Animals arriving before 8:00 a.m. may be required to use tie-outs in the Livestock Parking Lot. Tie-outs will be assigned on a first come, first served basis; however, priority will be given to those traveling 200 miles or more.

Policy For Private Sale of Livestock

  1. No animal will be permitted on the Fairpark unless it is entered into its respective department's show or is entered at the request of the supervisor or Fair management for display only. Exhibitors found to be in violation of this rule will be required to pay double the late entry fee for each animal, and may be subject to disqualification.
  2. Animal sales at the Fair are encouraged, but not to the detriment of the department's exhibits. The primary function of the Fair is competition, and the exhibition of animals for the interest of the public. Animal sales are to augment those ends only.
  3. Early release of sold animals is permitted only if the buyer of the animal resides outside the Wasatch Front area (Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties) and only with the approval of the Department Supervisor. Release time will be after 9:00 p.m. There will be no "sold" releases before the show.
  4. To obtain an early release, the seller of the animal to be released must contact the Department Supervisor.
  5. Display animals are required to pay an entry charge and are also subject to private sale policies.
  6. No advertising or sales of small animal cages or supplies will be allowed.
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