University of Maryland Extension

Great Frederick Fair

 

Maryland Department of Agriculture 2017 Maryland Animal Health Fair and Show Requirements

Veterinary Feed Directive Information Sheet 

Great Frederick Fair FAQS:

Q. I am a Frederick County 4-H Member, am I eligible to enter my project/s in the Great Frederick Fair (GFF)?

A. Fair Eligibility – All 4-H club exhibitors must have submitted an acceptable 4-H record book and must have attended at least 50 percent of the local club meetings held during the current year.  The record book is turned into the club leader.

New and returning members need to be enrolled in the 4HOnline system by May 1st of the current year, members with livestock projects showing at the local fairs need to be enrolled earlier due to weigh-in dates and requirements of Specialty Clubs (i.e. meetings attended).

Q. Can I live in another county and participate in Frederick County as a 4-Her and show at the Great Frederick Fair (GFF)?

A. You can only be a 4Her in one county, that means you can live in another county and not be a 4-Her in your home county but be enrolled as a 4-Her in Frederick County and show at the GFF if you have met all the 4-H fair requirements (animal or building entries).  This being said, you have to have special permission from the involved counties to participate across county lines, please contact your local 4-H Office prior to enrolling in a county other than your home county.

Q. If my 4-H home county doesn't offer a project, can I participate in the project in another county and also show at the county fair?

A. You can participate in a project in Frederick County that isn't offered in your home county with special permission from the involved counties, please contact your local 4-H Office for more information.  However, you cannot participate in the GFF if you are a 4-Her in your home county, you can only exhibit in your home county fair eventhough your home county fair may not offer the project you have in Frederick County.

Q. What are the county age requirements?

A. County age requirements are by January 1st of the current year:

Livestock Juniors 8-10                                   

Livestock Intermediates – 11-13                   Building Juniors – 8-13

Livestock Seniors – 14-18                              Building Seniors – 14-18

Q. How do I register my project/s for the Great Frederick Fair?

A. Registration is online at http://thegreatfrederickfair.com/  hoover over the Exhibitors Information tab, go down and click on Online Entries and Registration.  Registration is generally open mid/end of July through mid/end of August.  Be sure to print/save your confirmation email from the GFFThe Exhibitor Release form located on the GFF website is to be turned into the GFF Office (deadline and address are on the form).  Indoor tags for your project/s can be printed from the GFF website in a few weeks after the entry deadline.

Q. How do I find out general information about the fair and the rules and regulations?

A. The Fair Book - Be sure to read the 4-H/FFA section in the Great Frederick Fair book for important information on your entries and what is expected to be able to show your project.  The Great Frederick Fair’s website is: http://thegreatfrederickfair.com/ hover over the Exhibitors Information tab and click on Fair Catalog.  Questions can be answered by Department Superintendents listed in the Fair Book or by your Club Leader. 

Q. I have questions about a particular department, who do I call?
A.  The Great Frederick Fair Superintendent for that department.

 

Q. Are there any forms I need to turn in?

A.  Yes!

Code of Conduct–Every year each 4-H member, including Clovers, and their parent/guardian must sign and date this through the 4HOnline system. 

Animal Projects

  • Code of Animal Science Ethics - If you have an animal project, every year, this must be signed and dated with the current year through the 4HOnline system by the 4-H member and a parent/guardian. 
  • MD 4-H Market Livestock Registration form - a 4-sheet carbon form available at the Extension Office on the wall in the entranceway of the building.  For guidelines to fill out this form go to: Livestock Registration Guidelines.  Due Dates: Market Beef-usually in mid-December; Market-Sheep, Swine and Goat-usually in late May.  You will get the 4th copy or a copy of the form when you turn it in and then the pink copy at weigh in.  The 4-H Office keeps the white copy and the yellow copy is retained by the State 4-H Office.  Registration forms are collected whether or not you plan to sell your animal at fair. Forms are not collected for pure bred animals.
  • MD 4-H Poultry, Rabbit and Cavy Registration form - a 3-sheet carbon form available at the Extension Office on the wall in the entranceway of the building. For guidelines to fill out this form go to: Poultry, Rabbit and Cavy Registration Guidelines.  Due Date: June 1st, you will recieve the pink copy for your records.  The 4-H Office keeps the white copy and the yellow copy is retained by the State 4-H Office.  There is no weigh in for these species.  Registration forms are collected for fair entries only.
  • All animals (excluding horse, dogs, poultry, rabbit and cavy) need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from your local Veterinarian on the back should be a Self-Certification form.  Self-Certification forms can also be found on the MDA Fair and Show Requirements webpage at the bottom of the page.  All Maryland entries must be accompanied by an Intrastate (transport within the state of MD) Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for show. The Intrastate CVI must be filled out, completed and signed by an accredited veterinarian using the proper CVI form. The veterinarian is required to send the original top (white) copy to MDA Headquarters, the middle (yellow) transport copy is to be retained by the owner of the livestock and the last (pink) copy is for the veterinarian's records. CVIs must be submitted by veterinarians to the Maryland Department of Agriculture within 5 working days of inspection.  The Intrastate CVI is valid for the entire show season (Jan 1 - Dec. 31), providing that the status of the herd or animal(s) does not change. 
  • There are other forms due to the 4-H Office (i.e. ID Cards, Lease Papers) for Breeding Animals and Performance Animals, please see the links below for more information.

Breeding Livestock – Beef, Dairy, Goat, Sheep or Swine

   http://extension.umd.edu/frederick-county/4h-youth-development/breeding-livestock

Performance Animals - Alpaca, Dog or Horse

   http://extension.umd.edu/frederick-county/4h-youth-development/performance-animals

Q. Where can I find out more information about Animal Health and required forms and tests?

A. Animal health information and state regulations are found on the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) website. 

Q. Are there any particular tests that have to be done on specific breeds?

A. Yes.

  • Beef & Dairy Cattle - Immunization: Bovine Respiratory Complex is required on all Maryland cattle to include Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Bovine Viral Diarrhea, Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis and Parainfluenza. Leptospirosis is recommended.
  • Poultry- Pullorum-Typhoid Testing.  (a list of Poultry Testers is available on the MDA website on the Poultry page on the right hand side.
    ALL POULTRY MUST BE TESTED FOR AVIAN INFLUENZA, IN STATE AND OUT OF STATE, within 10 days prior to entry, or originate directly from an NPIP Avian Influenza Clean or State Monitored flock, due to the increasing threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, currently in the Mid-West and Pacific United States
  • Horse- Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) Testing: All equine for exhibition shall be accompanied by a valid Coggins Test done within 12 months prior to exhibition entry.
Q. I heard there was an online test for animal projects, where do I find that?

A. Animal Husbandry/Quality Assurance - Each 4-H member carrying an animal project needs to complete a Animal Husbandry/Quality Assurance test for their age category and each animal species project including an Egg project (except for Dog projects). Junior age category (4-H Age 8-10 as of January 1 of the current year) only needs to complete the Junior introduction and then the Junior QA and this will cover all their livestock projects.  Intermediate age category (4-H age 11-13 as of January 1 of the current year) needs to complete the Intermediate Introduction and also each species they have a project for listed in the 4HOnline system.  Senior age category (4-H age 14-18 as of January 1 of the current year) needs to complete the Senior Introduction and also each species they have a project for listed in the 4HOnline system. State website for testing is generally available from April-July 31st http://www.agnr.umd.edu/ahqa/

Q. Does my animal have to be tagged/tattooed?

A.

  • Market Beef, Sheep, Swine, and Goat need to have a ID:
    • Beef need a tag or tattoo
    • Swine need a tag or tattoo or ear notch
    • Sheep and Goats need a tag or tattoo and additionally a scrappie tag from USDA

*your market livestock animal will be tagged with a 4-H tag at the individual weigh-ins

  • Breeding Cattle (Beef and Dairy), Sheep, Swine, and Goat need to be tattooed and registered by July 1st of the current year with the purebred association.  These animals need to be registered SOLEY in the 4-H Member’s name.
  • Small Animals
    • Poultry - leg or wing bands (usually done by poultry tester)
    • Rabbits - tattoo
    • Cavy - tattoo
  • Performance Animals
    • Alpaca – microchip
    • Dog – rabies vaccine
    • Horse – tattoo
Q. What paperwork do I need to bring to the GFF?

A.

  • Market Beef, Sheep, Swine and Goat- GFF Online Registration Confirmation, Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, Self-Certification
  • Breeding Cattle (Beef and Dairy), Goat, Sheep or Swine- GFF Online Registration Confirmation, Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, Self-Certification, Pure-Bred and/or Lease paperwork
  • Dairy- GFF Online Registration Confirmation, Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, Self-Certification, Pure-Bred and/or Lease Paperwork.
  • Small Animals
    • Poultry - GFF Online Registration Confirmation, Self-Certification, Pullorum-Typhoid Test Results, Avian Influenza Results, MD Poultry Registration (All poultry exhibitors must have valid proof of a registered Maryland Poultry Premises ID Number http://mda.maryland.gov/animalHealth/Pages/poultry.aspx )
    • Rabbits - GFF Online Registration Confirmation, Self-Certification
    • Cavy- GFF Online Registration Confirmation, Self-Certification
  • Performance Animals
    • Alpaca- GFF Registration Confirmation, Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, Self-Certification
    • Dog- GFF Registration Confirmation, Self-Certification, Rabies Vaccination
    • Horse- GFF Registration Confirmation, Self-Certification, EIA Test Results, Ownership and/or Lease paperwork.
Q. Can I stay overnight and care form my animal?

A.  Yes in the barn or building that your animal is housed in.  This is up to you and your family; your parents are your chaperones.  No one else is responsible or liable for you, not your Club Leader, a Fair Superintendent, another 4-H family, the 4-H Office or the Great Frederick Fair.

Q. Any other information I should know?

A.           

  • Beef, Sheep and Swine Sale – to be eligible to participate in the BSS Sale members need to attend 4 meetings or 3 meetings and 1 workshop with the sale animal also meeting Rate of Gain, Grading, and Weight Range Requirements.
  • Market Goat Sale - to be eligible to sell a goat in the Market Goat Sale a member must be enrolled in Frederick County 4-H Goat Club by February 1st of the current year, attend 4 Goat Club meetings or 3 meetings and a Goat Club sponsored workshop.  Goat requirements are: minimum weight - 40lbs. - maximum weight - 110 lbs., Rate of Gain - .2
  • Performance Animals - Alpaca, Dog or Horse
    • If you own your animal:
      • It must be registered in the 4-H’ers name by July 1st of the current year.
      • You may board your animal somewhere other than your residence.
      • If you lease your animal a Performance Animal Lease Agreement and a Statement of Understanding and Release form need to be turned into the 4-H Office by July 1st.  You may lease from your own farm if the animal is registered to the farm or to your parents.
      • Horsemanship Standard Levels need to be completed in order to ride at the GFF, please contact Kathy Axline: kominattacha@yahoo.com for more information.
Q. How do I get my fair passes?

A.

• Strip passes are given out to livestock exhibitors at the Livestock Exhibitor Meeting (for day and time see information listed below). If you are not there to receive your passes then you must pick them up at the Great Frederick Fair Office at the fairgrounds 301-663-5895.
• Passes are given to non-livestock exhibitors when they drop off their fair entries to the Indoor Building on either of the Saturday’s prior to fair week as per the schedule for department entries which is located in the fair book.

Q. What meetings or events should I know about before fair arrives?

A.

  • New Family Orientation is usually the Monday night before fair week in the Dairy Show Ring Bldg. 32 at 6:00 pm. Families will get a tour of the fairgrounds, discuss resources such as campers, EMS, food, showers, entries for drop off and pick up and also major 4-H events and their locations.
  • Livestock Exhibitor Meeting is usually the Monday night before fair week in the Dairy Show Ring Bldg. 32 at 7:00 pm (after the new family orientation). This informational meeting lets you know what to expect at the fair and caring for your animals. Strip passes are given out to livestock exhibitors, if you are not there to receive your passes then you must pick them up at the Great Frederick Fair Office at the fairgrounds 301-663-5895.
  • Royalty Contest and Character Counts Recognition is held the Friday before fair week in the Dairy Show Ring Bldg. 32 at 7:30 pm. Come out to see this year’s Royal Court be crowned and which 4-H members from each club receive Character Counts awards.
  • Cake Auction is held the Sunday of fair week in the Livestock Show Arena Bldg. 18 at 5:00 pm. This is the major fundraiser that supports the Frederick County 4-H Program. Bring your family and friends and have a great time bidding on delicious sweet treats!
  • Indoor Building Awards Presentation is held on the Friday of fair week at 6:15 pm in the Dairy Show Ring Bldg. 32. Indoor building awards will be presented by each department for most blue ribbons and champions.
  • The 4-H Dance is held the Friday night of fair week in the Livestock Show Arena Bldg. 18 at 8:00 pm. Permission forms will be available at the door and each 4-Her may bring 1 friend under the age of 18, there is no charge to attend the dance.
  • Livestock Exhibitors Breakfast is held on Saturday of fair week in the Livestock Show Arena Bldg. 18 at 7:30 am and is a ticketed event. Livestock awards are presented at this event.
Other Information

Dog Regulations (updated 6/20/16)

 

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