Pet & Livestock Shows
A highlight of this year’s agricultural fair in Franklin County will be the various Pet and Livestock Shows held throughout the week. This year, the animal shows include a wide variety of animals, including beef cows, dairy cows, sheep, goats, dogs, poultry, and “small critters”. A different show/competition will be held each day of Fair Week.
On Wednesday, September 14th, the Dog Show will be held starting at 5:30 P.M. There will be adult and junior showmanship classes that are judged on the ability of the handler, thirteen (13) exhibition/breed classes that are judged solely on the animal, performance classes, and new this year — an obedience show with novice and beginner novice classes. Ribbons will be available for the first six placings in each class with Grand Ribbons going to the Best in Show and Best Junior Showman. Registration begins at 4:30 P.M.
On Thursday, September 15th, the Agricultural Fair will host the Small Critters and Poultry Show. Registration will begin at 3:30 P.M. with the Show starting at 5:30 P.M. There will be adult and junior showmanship classes, nine (9) Small Critters exhibition/breed classes (rabbits, rats, mice, hedge hogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, ferrets, and “other”) along with other competitions for Cutest Critter, Smallest Critter, and Hairiest Critter among others. There will also be a *Poultry Show held at the same time that will judge adult and junior showmanship as well as different types of Large Bird Chickens, Bantams, Ducks, and Turkeys. Bring out your finest poultry or, better yet, your most beloved pets to compete in this unique show. Ribbons will be available for the first six placings in each class with Grand Ribbons going to the Best in Show and Best Junior Showman.
On Friday, September 16th, the Sheep and Goat Show takes over the large shelter at the fairgrounds. Registration begins at 3:00 P.M. with the Show starting at 5:30 P.M. There will be adult and junior showmanship classes that are judged on the ability of the handler for each part of the show: sheep and goats. There will also be numerous exhibition/breed classes for sheep (Market Lambs and Ewes), and goats (Market Goats, and Dairy Does and Goats). Ribbons will be available for the first six placings in each class with Grand Ribbons going to the Best in Show and Best Junior Showman.
On Saturday, September 17th, all the excitement culminates in the Beef and Dairy Show. Registration for the Beef and Dairy Show will begin at 3:00 P.M. and the Show starting at 5:00 P.M. The Beef and Dairy Show will include adult and junior showmanship classes as well as approximately fifteen (15) different exhibition/breed classes. Ribbons will be available for the first six placings in each class with Grand Ribbons going to the Best in Show and Best Junior Showman.
Shows/competitions are open to participants of all ages, and special needs adults and youth living in Virginia and surrounding states. The Pet and Livestock Shows contact person is Cynthia Martel of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Office. She may be reached by phone at (540) 483-5161, by fax at (540) 483-0807, or by email at email@example.com. Entries can be made up through the day of each show, however participants are encouraged to pre-register to receive discount. To compete, please download and complete the appropriate Show Packet and return it with the entry fee as directed.
- Dog Show/Obedience Packet
- Small Critter and Poultry Show Packet
- Sheep and Goat Show Packet
- Beef and Dairy Show Packet
*Virginia state law requires all poultry shown in exhibition to be tested for pullorum typhoid disease or originate from certified pullorum typhoid free flocks. All birds entered in this fair must have been tested prior to being brought to the fairgrounds, unless prior arrangements are made with the show superintendent for testing at the fair. Birds must wear test leg bands unless they originate from pullorum free flocks. A COPY OF TEST PAPERS MUST BE GIVEN TO THE SHOW SUPERINTENDENT. Testing will be available on Thursday, September 15 starting at 3PM. A $1 fee per bird will be charged for this testing and will be paid to the certified tester. Management reserves the right to restrict the number of entries from exhibitors. Exhibitors must provide their own cages, food, and water during the length of the show. Your area must be completely cleaned before leaving the show and only after being approved by show staff.