Join the fun and find your answers
The very best way to start is by attending the meetings being held to discuss your animal class. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions you have, discover what you need to do to excel and get to meet other kids who are interested in the same things you are. Contact the appropriate organization for dates and locations:
What to Complete and When It’s Due
For each submission, you’ll need to complete and return several forms along with $5 for your fair pass. The list of necessary forms can be found on our forms page. Questions can be directed to Janice Zerbe at (269) 657-8213 and completed forms can be dropped off to MSU Extension- Van Buren County or mailed to:
VAN BUREN YOUTH FAIR
PO Box 271
Hartford, MI 49057
Tagging, Testing & Record Books
Tagging: Steer tagging is due by December 31st. Tags are available one half hour prior to Fair Board meetings. Please contact Bev Rajzer with questions regarding tags, 269-423-8688 .
- Youth age 9-19 may tag up to 4 steers, one must be dairy, may take 2 to the fair and one carcass.
Other livestock needs to be tagged by May 1.
- Swine-Youth ages 6-19 may tag up to 5 pigs, may take 2 to the fair and one carcass.
- Sheep-Youth ages 6-19 may tag up to 5 sheep, may take 2 to the fair and one carcass.
- Dairy and/or Beef type Feeder Calf -Youth ages 6-19 may tag 3 (beef and/or dairy) feeders, may take 2 to the fair.
Testing: Poultry testing for Pullorum Typhoid is offered by appointment or two hours
prior to check in.
Livestock: Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy
Exhibitor will need to have a completed record book for their project evaluation interview on Friday during fair week. Record books are available at the Van Buren County MSU Extension Office at 219 Paw Paw St., Suite 201 in Paw Paw. Call (269) 657-8213 for more information. There are record books for 6-8 years old in each specie and 9-19 years old in each specie.
Small Animals: Goats, Rabbits, Poultry, Cavies/Lab Animals
Exhibitors are highly encouraged to complete a record for each specie they exhibit. Record books are to be completed and turned in when you check in your animals at the fair. There is a record book contest in each specie in the following age groups: 6-8 years old, 9-12 years old, 13-14years old, and 15-19 years old. Record books are available at the Van Buren County MSU Extension Office at 219 Paw Paw St., Suite 201 in Paw Paw. Call (269) 657-8213 for more information. There are record books for 6-8 years old in each specie and 9-19 years old in each specie.
Van Buren Youth Fair Education Classes
Each livestock exhibitor is required to attend one (1) Educational Session for the species they are exhibiting at the fair. The programs will be offered through the Van Buren Youth Fair or any other accredited program. PQA does count as one of the sessions for swine exhibitors but only for the year they receive the certification.
For more information call Debbie Glover 269-427-8192 or Melva Devris 269-521-3873 .