Youth Swine Exhibits at NYS Fair

2024 Entry Procedures

All entries must be submitted online to the NYS Fair website by 5 pm on August 2, 2024.

  • NYS Fair 4-H Animal Science Show Entries must be completed via ShoWorks on the NYS Fair website by Friday, August 2 at 5:00 pm.
  • When registering different species, separate forms must be completed.
  • Exhibitors must receive endorsement of a county 4-H Educator, FFA Advisor or other breed organization to compete at the NYS Fair. Any entry that does not receive endorsement may be scratched.  Exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before you enter to make verify eligibility and carefully follow any instructions provided.

Contest Rules and Premium Books

Official NYS Fair contest rules, information, schedule and Premium books are updated regularly. Exhibitors should regularly consult the NYS Fair How to Enter website for the most recent changes and deadlines. Youth exhibitors should contact their local CCE Association before entering to make verify eligibility to participate at the State Fair and follow carefully any instructions provided.

Youth Swine Exhibitor Information

  •  All entries must be completed and submitted online by Friday, August 2, 2024 at 5:00 pm here: https://nysfys.fairwire.com/.  For instructions on using the online entry system visit www.nysfair.ny.gov/competitions/how-to-enter/.
    • All New York State Fair Dept 51 entries must be quality endorsed by a 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension Youth Educator, or by an Agricultural Education (FFA) Advisor, or by an authorized representative of a qualified related youth organization before they can be accepted by the NYS Fair.
    • 4-H’ers  are responsible for emailing their entry receipt to their County Educator and Department Superintendent. A directory of these contacts is located at www.nys4-h.org/new-york-state-fair.
    • 4-H youth unable to qualify through their county due to illness, family travel, etc. should notify their CCE Educator as soon as possible of desire to qualify through other means. 
    • In no case will an entry be accepted after 5:00 p.m., on Friday August 2. In situations where Cornell Cooperative Extension entries cannot be finalized until after the State Fair Entry Deadline of Aug. 2 at 5:00 pm.          
  • All Youth Swine must be housed in the Open Class Swine barn in the area specifically designed for Youth, and will be shown in the Open Class Swine barn show ring.
  • All Youth Swine entries must be in place (in pens assigned by the show supervisor and health certificates verified) by 9:00 a.m. Sunday, August 25 and will be released at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, unless entered in Open Class.
    • ARRIVAL TIMES - Youth Swine will be accepted beginning Sunday, August 25 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
    • No youth swine will be checked in from 12:00 midnight until 7 am.
  • Each exhibitor is limited to showing not more than six (6) hogs in the show, but no more than two (2) may be market hogs.
  • Each exhibitor must show in the appropriate fitting and showmanship class.
  • No more than two (2) entries per class will be permitted.  Only one (1) entry of market hogs may be made in the pen class and in classes 44 and 45.
  • To enter the Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest, one (1) hog, used in compiling records, must be entered in the market class.  The exhibitor must show in the appropriate fitting and showmanship class (32, 33, 34 or 35).  For showmanship, youth must use their declared ESYS market hog, not a breeding animal unless the exhibitor has only breeding animals at the Fair or is not participating in the ESYS contest.  If the exhibitor/contestant enters more than one Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Project hog in the fair, the one hog to be used in the contest must be designated at the time of ESYS program check in. 
  • Gilts entered in breeding classes may not be shown in market classes.  Gilts entered in market classes may not be shown in breeding classes. Hogs may be purebred, grade or crossbred, but papers on registered breeding class gilts will be checked as they are unloaded or prior to showing.
  • All hogs must have been personally owned and cared for by the exhibitor by no later   than  June 15 of the current year and breeding class gilts must be appropriately identified.     See Department 51, General Information, item F relative to non-ownership rule.
  • Additionally, if the market animal has been through a sale after June 15 of the current year, they will be considered ineligible for this program.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for helping to weigh their hogs at 10:30 am , Sunday, August 25. Exhibitors unable to help weigh their hogs must make arrangements with someone else to help during the weighing of their hogs.  No hogs will be weighed unless the exhibitor or an appointed replacement contacts the supervisor during these times.  Any hogs not weighed cannot be shown in the market classes.  Hogs will be weighed only once.
  • All swine exhibitors must show their own animals.
    • If an exhibitor has two entries in a class, the second entry must be shown by another youth who is also exhibiting in the 4-H Swine Show.
    • In the ESYS, entries must show their declared market hog.  If exhibitors have two hogs in one class and show the hog not declared having another exhibitor show the declared market hog, they will forfeit their confirmation points.
    • In emergency situations, exceptions can be made.  Reasons for exceptions and arrangements must be cleared with the Youth Swine Show Superintendent.
    • Included with showing hogs comes the responsibility for keeping pens and alleys clean.  Exhibitors will receive only one warning from the show supervisor or appointed assistant concerning the appearance of their pens and alleys.  If the problem persists, exhibitors will lose the right to show their animals and their premiums will be withheld.
    • All Youth Swine exhibitors must show in the Swine Fitting and Showmanship class (Class 32, 33, 34 or 35).
  • All Youth Department Swine participants staying overnight on the New York State Fairgrounds are to sleep in the Youth Dormitories.  No Swine Youth Department participants may sleep in the Youth Department animal exhibit areas. The only exception for these overnight rules is for parents or legal guardians to stay in area hotels or campers on the State Fairgrounds.  Parents and legal guardians who choose this option must turn in the Housing Exception Form available from their local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office. This exception does not include lodging or staying in an animal barn.  Parents or legal guardians will assume full responsibility for the action and well-being of each of their children for whom an exception is requested and approved.
  • Making Open Class entries:  Youth Swine exhibitors may use either of the following methods to enter Open Classes:
    • By entering their swine in accordance with the Open Class rules and regulations prior to the closing of Open Class entries.
    • By receiving a first, second, or third blue (excellent) award in an appropriate Youth class and submitting the proper entry including fee to the Open Class Superintendent.
    • Youths whose animals are entered in Open Classes must report to the Open Class Superintendent’s office to confirm their Open Class entries.
  • All work on Youth animals at State Fair should be done only by Youth exhibitors.
  • Any unsportsmanlike behavior or actions by an exhibitor or their parent or guardian will be grounds for dismissal of that exhibitor.  Exhibitor will forfeit Premiums/ Scholarship Monies/Prizes if dismissed from the show.
  • Your pig(s) may be chosen to be used for the Livestock Judging Contest.
  • Leave enough room by your equipment and feed for the public and exhibitors to walk through.

**A photocopy of health papers does not need to be sent with entry form.  Therefore, it is imperative that original health papers must accompany the animal for inspection upon arrival on the Fairgrounds.

  • All Youth Swine must conform to the rules and regulations of the Animal Health Regulations of the Department of Agriculture and Markets.
  • All youth participating in the ESYS Contest must be Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus OR Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Certified.
  • All swine over 3 months of age must be “off label” vaccinated for rabies.  See page 11 of the Premium Book.
  • All cattle and swine must be identified by an official USDA radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tag, commonly referred to as an “840 RFID tag,” or an equivalent official RFID tag if the animal was tagged in another country. Cattle and swine which are already identified by 840 visual ear tags will be exempt from the 840 RFID tag requirement.
  • The Department will supply a limited number of 840 RFID tags to producers for cattle and swine going to fairs. To order 840 RFID tags, please use the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Order Form for Free Producer Ear Tags.

Section HA - Fitting and Showmanship – All exhibitors are required to show in one of these classes. Youth must use a market hog if he or she has one.

  • Class No. 32 – Senior Showmanship – at least 14 years of age as of Jan. 1 of the current year.
  • Class No. 33 – Junior Showmanship – not yet 14 years of age as of Jan. 1 of the current year.
  • Class No. 34 – Novice Senior Showmanship – at least 14 years of age as of Jan. 1 of the current year, and first year showing at State Fair.
  • Class No. 35 – Novice Junior Showmanship – not yet 14 years of age as of Jan. 1 of the current year, and first year showing at State Fair.

Showmanship classes may be subdivided into smaller groups to facilitate judging.  The top showman in each subdivision will compete for Champions of their class.  All Champions from their divisions will compete in a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship Drive.

Breeding Classes (Breed classes may be combined if there are inadequate entries in given classes.)

Section HB:  Duroc

  • Class No. 1 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 2 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 3 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 4 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)

Section HC:  Hampshire

  • Class No. 5 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 6 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 7 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 8 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)

Section HD:  Yorkshire

  • Class No. 9 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 10 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 11 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 12 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)                                                                      

Section HE:  Berkshire

  • Class No. 13 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 14 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 15 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 16 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)   

Section HF:  Spot

  • Class No. 17 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 18 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 19 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 20 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)   

Section HG:  Landrace

  • Class No. 21 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 22 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 23 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 24 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)  

Section HH:  Hereford

  • Class No. 25 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 26 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 27 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 28 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)

Section HI:  All Other Breeds

  • Class No. 29 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 30 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 31 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 32 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year)  

Section HJ:  Cross Breeds

  • Class No. 33 - Senior Fall Gilt (farrowed on or after July 1 of the preceding year)
  • Class No. 34 - January Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Jan. 1 of the current year but before Feb. 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 35 - February Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after Feb. 1 of the current year but before March 1 of the current year)
  • Class No. 36 - Junior Spring Gilt (farrowed on or after March 1 of the current year) 
  • Champion & Reserve Champion of Breeds.

Section HK – Market Hogs. (Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest hogs must be entered in an appropriate market class.)  All hogs entered in a market class will be tagged.  The Empire Market Hog book can be downloaded from the following link site – http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/animal-programs/swine/

  • Class No. 37 - Underweight market hog – barrow or gilt, any breed.  Under 220 pounds.
  • Class No. 38 - Lightweight market hog – barrow or gilt, any breed.  *Minimum 220 pounds*.
  • Class No. 39 - Medium weight market hog – barrow or gilt, any breed.*
  • Class No. 40 - Intermediate weight market  hog – barrow or gilt, any breed.*
  • Class No. 41 - Heavyweight market hog – barrow or gilt, any breed.  *Maximum 300 pounds.*
  • Class No. 42 - Overweight market hog – barrow or gilt, any breed. Over 300 pounds.
  • Groups will be determined by a sort of the weights of the entered animals.  Based on this sort, entries will be divided into approximately four equal weight groups (light, medium, intermediate and heavy).Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog will be awarded.
  • Class No. 43 - Best Bred and Owned Market Hog.  Sow must have been owned by exhibitor at the time it was  bred.  Registration papers must be available at the Fair for pigs in this class.  Rosette for top winner.  Exhibitor may enter only 1.
  • Class No. 44 - Best Bred and Owned Registered Female.  Sow must have been owned by exhibitor at the time it was bred.  Registration papers must be available at the Fair for pigs in this class. Rosette for top winner.  Exhibitor may enter only 1
  • Class No. 45 - Pen of market hogs.  A pen shall consist of three barrows and/or gilts and can be owned by 4-H members in the same family.  Each hog must have been entered as a market hog.

Scholarship application information

This contest is hosted in conjunction with the Great New York State Fair Swine Show by the New York Pork Producers.  This contest is open to all youth market hog exhibitors. There are two; Division A and Division B.  Points are awarded through participation in an array of activities.  Each event is worth a designated points value and points contribute to an overall contest placing.  See the complete list of points and additional division information below:

A Division:

Youth completes all components of the contest with a market hog.  Market hog must weight between 220 – 300 lbs.  If your market hog does not make weight, you forfeit the confirmation points.  Prizes awarded in Junior and Senior Divisions. 

  • Interviews:  60 Points Total, 20 Points Per Station.
  • Showmanship:  TBD
    -   2 Additional Points for Grand Champion Overall
    -   1 Additional Point for Reserve Grand Champion Overall
  • Confirmation:  TBD
    -   2 Additional Points for Grand Champion Overall
    -   1 Additional Point for Reserve Grand Champion Overall
  • Knowledge Review:  50 Points
  • Current Events Review:  10 Points
  • Skillathon Contest:  40 Points, 10 Points Per Station
  • Swine Judging:  15 Points
  • Contest Records:  30 Points

B Division:

Youth completes all components of the contest with a market hog, could use a breeding gilt.  Youth will be paid 50% of point value earned.  Prizes awarded in Junior and Senior Divisions.

  •  Interviews:  60 Points Total, 20 Points Per Station.
  • Knowledge Review:  50 Points
  • Current Events Review:  10 Points
  • Skillathon Contest:  40 Points, 10 Points Per Station
  • Swine Judging:  15 Points
  • Contest Records:  30 Points
  • Records to be completed on a market hog raised for exhibitor county fair or off farm sale of market hog.

Additional Points Available:

  • New York Pork Producers Annual Meeting Attendance:  2 Points
    -   Attend NYPP Annual Meeting, complete necessary paperwork, submit with  records.
  • New York Pork Producers Annual Meeting Silence Auction Item Donation:  1 Point
    -   Turn in Silent Auction Donation Receipt with records.
  • New York Pork Producers Event Support:  2 Points
    -   Attend and assist at a NYPP function, complete necessary paperwork, submit with records.
  • Obtain ESYS Sponsors:  1 Point / $10 Raised (Maximum 10 Points)
  • Public Presentation:  5 Points (Score of 85 – 100) / 2 Points (Score of 70 – 84) / 1 Point (Score of 69 – 0)
  • Poster or Educational Display:  2 Points

Interested participants can contact info [at] newyorkpork.org (info[at]newyorkpork[dot]org) or Ashley McFarland at 315-406-3963 for more details. The event theme is “Welcome to the Jungle,” youth participants are encouraged to decorate and celebrate the theme as they prepare for and attend the contest.

Sunday, August 25, 2024

07:00 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. - Arrival time for Youth Swine

09:00 a.m. - All Youth Swine must be in place.

10:00 a.m. - Mandatory Youth Exhibitor Meeting.

10:30 a.m. - Youth market hog weigh in

11:30 a.m. - ESYS (Empire Scholarship Youth Swine Contest) Program Check In with NY Pork Producer Representative

03:00 p.m. - ESYS Contest Interviews / ESYS Contest Written Exam

03:00 p.m. - Contest Records and Paperwork Due

05:00 p.m. - Youth Pork Quality Assurance / Adult PQA Plus training - Certification required for all exhibitors.

06:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Family Dinner in Show Ring.  Bring a dish to pass and a drink for your family. 

06:00 p.m. - Posters & Educational Displays must be in place.
 

Monday, August 26, 2024

09:50 a.m. – ESYS Participant Photo
10:00 a.m. – ESYS Market Hog Show & Showmanship
02:00 p.m. – ESYS Contest Public Presentation (Show Ring)
04:30 p.m. - 09:00 p.m. – 4-H Livestock Skillathon (Youth Arena)

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

07:00 a.m. - 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Registration (Youth Arena)  The swine portion is a component of the ESYS, swine portion TBD)

08:30 a.m. - Youth Livestock Judging Contest

12:00 p.m. - ESYS Parent Feedback Meeting

03:00 p.m. - ESYS Corn Hole Tournament

06:00 p.m. - Youth Swine Quiz Bowl

07:00 p.m. - ESYS Scavenger Hunt


Wednesday, August 28, 2024

09:55 a.m. - National Anthem and Pledge (Show Ring)

10:00 a.m. - Youth Swine Fitting and Showmanship

12:00 p.m. – approx. - ESYS Exhibitor Family Lunch

01:00 p.m. – approx. - Market Hog Classes, Breeding Swine classes

07:00 p.m. - Release of all Youth Swine

For More Information

Ashley McFarland, NYS Fair Youth Swine Superintendent

mcfarland10414 [at] gmail.com (mcfarland10414[at]gmail[dot]com)