Bartholomew County 4-H Fair


SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2024, 8:15 A.M.
We encourage all businesses to support the efforts of the local 4-H’ers. Any individual or business can be a buyer at the auction. Any person wanting to know more about buying at the Livestock Auction, including Friends of 4-H, contact the 4-H Fair office during the 4-H Fair week, phone 812-372-6133. Register the day of the sale or contact the Livestock Sale chairman, Becky Speaker at 812-350-1526, Andy Whiteside at 812-344-8044, Corey Jenkins at 812-343-8107 or Jen Dettmer at 812-343-6184. A Buyers Breakfast will be held in the Pavilion starting at 7:30 a.m. The Livestock Auction Committee will manage multiple buyers per animal up to three buyers. If more than three buyers purchase an animal, either a buyer or the family must coordinate the payment process. As in 2023, all species will sell as a “Premium Only”, with the appraisal only being charged to the buyer if the buyer wants to take the animal home or to be sent to the meat locker. (This includes donations to Love Chapel or other.)

All steers, barrows, fat lambs, goats, rabbits and poultry must be declared by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. You need to fill out the Auction Declaration Form and place it in the locked box labeled “Auction” outside the Pavilion office. Animals that have not been declared by deadline will not be consigned to the 2024 Livestock Auction. This can be done at specie weigh-in or at the Fair Office at posted times. Exceptions will be made in case of a 4-H Grand Champion. A member may withdraw their sale entry before 8 a.m. on the sale day. For more details regarding the 4-H’er’s responsibilities, please review the 2024 4-H Family Handbook.

A base price will be established for each steer and for various weights of barrows and lambs. This price will become the first bid in the sale. Each steer, barrow, fat lamb and goat will be sold at entry weight. Minimum weight to be eligible for sale is 1000 lbs. for beef steers, 90 lbs. for fat lambs, 225 lbs. for barrows, 40 lbs. for market goat wethers and 3.5 lbs. for rabbits and poultry. For dairy steers, the minimum weight is dependent on the breed in order to meet market standards: Jersey – 1000 lbs., Guernsey, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss & Holstein – 1100 lbs.

No exceptions for minimum weight will be made. All animals will come to the scales clean when being weighed-in or will not be allowed to weigh-in until they are clean. Only underweight animals may be reweighed once during specie weigh-in. The only exception is for a question of the accuracy of the scales. Then the animal must be reweighed immediately. No sick animals or replacements for sick or dead animals will be allowed to be consigned to the 4-H auction. 4-H members may sell only one steer, or one barrow, or one fat lamb, goat, poultry or a meat pen unless a 4-H member has more than one species Grand Champion.

2024 SALE ORDER OF CHAMPIONS: Grand Market Wether Goat, Grand Market Lamb, Grand Market Poultry Meat Pen, Grand Barrow, Grand Rabbit Meat Pen, Grand Dairy Product, Grand Dairy Steer, Grand Beef Steer 2024 SALE ORDER: Goats, Sheep, Poultry, Swine, Rabbits, Dairy Beef, Beef

Terms & Conditions for Livestock

For Animal Health Requirements, please see the 4-H Family Handbook online (at ) or at

Barn Terms & Conditions

  1. No motorized vehicles and/or trailers are allowed around the Livestock Barn after 5 p.m., except for handicapped or those approved by the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board.
  2. The aisles shall be kept clean and open at all times, with each exhibitor being responsible for his or her section. Cattle and sheep trimming chutes need to be incorporated in tack area, not in aisle ways. All chairs, grooming stands/racks, and unnecessary equipment are to be removed from barn aisles by 5 p.m. each evening in order to keep aisles open.
  3. All manure must be stacked and taken to a dumpster and put in, not piled around. Anyone cleaning out pens or stalls in barns shall wheel the manure to the manure spreaders outside of barn on wheelbarrow furnished by the Fair Board. All pens and stalls must be kept clean at all times and should be cleaned daily before 2 p.m. Exhibitors are responsible for leaving their pens completely cleaned out after the animals leave the barn.
  4. Radio volume must be kept at an acceptable level at the discretion of the species superintendents.
  5. No TVs, no upholstered furniture, and no carpet allowed. No cooking food in the barn.
  6. Show boxes should be reasonable in size and have approval of respective species superintendent. Fan size in barn not to exceed 2 amperes per tie. Three-prong or double-insulated power cords only will be allowed on any electrical equipment.
  7. Overhead barn lights must be turned off by midnight. Livestock chairperson will schedule other superintendents to turn off barn lights.
  8. All tack pens/areas will be designated by the species superintendents. In no case will an exhibitor be allowed to mark his/her own stalls(s) or pens. Due to space constraints, tack pens/areas will be shared. Cooperation in this is appreciated.
  9. No water fights in the 4-H Livestock Barn.
  10. No youth will be able to stay overnight in the 4-H Fairgrounds buildings.
  11. If a member has any questions concerning their actions in the barn, check with the respective species superintendent.

General Livestock Conditions for 4-H and Open Class Exhibitors

  1. Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, Inc. is not responsible for any damage or loss of equipment or livestock or any other project on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
  2. All cattle must be broke to lead before arriving at the Fairgrounds. (This is a safety issue.)
  3. All exhibitors must furnish their own bedding except tan bark for cattle. 4-H Fair Board will not furnish bedding. No straw in pig pens.
  4. No animals can be tied out for the night until after 9 p.m.
  5. Any 4-H’er showing in Open Classes must follow Open Class Rules.
  6. Wash animals in designated areas only. Do not leave animals unattended in wash racks.
  7. No dogs are allowed in the barn or show pavilions.
  8. No animals may be unloaded without being checked by veterinarian on site. No animals may be unloaded before the first Friday of the fair.
  9. All animals must be fed and watered twice a day. There shall be no feeding in the aisle or show ring. Every 4-H’er is responsible for feeding and watering his or her own animal for the animal’s entire stay at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair. The 4-H Bunny Bunch and 4-H Feathered Friends will no longer be feeding and watering 4-H animals as a club activity.
  10. Livestock check-in times subject to change pending weather conditions.
  11. Anyone failing to honor the above rules and regulations shall forfeit all awards and potentially the privilege of exhibiting.
  12. Species committees and 4-H Educator may make changes in these rules so long as they feel it is for the improvement of the show or barn conditions.


4-H and Open Class Livestock Shows

Release Times: ALL LIVESTOCK MUST REMAIN ON THE FAIRGROUNDS FROM CHECK-IN TIME THROUGH CHECK-OUT. 4-H exhibitors must leave their Livestock Sale animal for the duration of the fair. Duration is defined as from the respective specie check-in until after the completion of the Livestock Sale on Saturday morning. All other animals may be released after the completion of the respective specie show between 9 p.m. that night and 10 a.m. the following morning. The exhibitor always has the option to leave all animals on the grounds for the duration of the fair. Dairy cattle in milk may be released immediately following completion of the Dairy Show. (For questions, see the 2024 Bartholomew County 4-H Family Handbook.)

4-H Cattle Show – Dairy, Beef, Dairy Beef, & Starter Calf

Lil’ Wrangler – Beef, Dairy Beef & Starter Calf – Thursday, June 27, 12:30 p.m.
4-H Heifer and Cow Calf Show Judging: Thursday, June 27, 1 p.m.
4-H Starter Calf Show: Thursday, June 27, following Heifer Show after a break
4-H Market Cattle Show, Dairy & Beef: Thursday, June 27, following the Starter Calf Show after a break

Beef, Dairy Beef, and Starter Calf check-in & weigh-in: Monday, June 24, 7 a.m.-11a.m. (No cattle can arrive before Monday, June 24) Cattle must arrive on Monday morning between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Beef animals must be stalled by noon on Monday. Due to increasing costs, a charge of $25 per animal on the pen request will be charged for use and clean-up of mulch bedding. All will be weighed as they come off the truck. Steers, starter calves, commercial and market heifers must be weighed-in; purebred heifers need an entry ticket with registration papers to ensure entry into the correct class. All starter calves, commercial heifers and market beef will show by weight. Weight breaks will be determined by the 4-H
Beef or Starter Calf committee and 4-H educator. All dairy steers and starter calves must be the product of a dairy sire and dam. For the market beef show, dairy beef and beef animals will show in separate classes. Dairy steer classes will show first, with all breeds shown together by weights, followed by market beef. Purebred heifers will show by breed classes; commercial heifers must be weighed on Monday with steers, and classes will be determined by weight.

4-H Dairy Show

Check-in: Monday, June 24, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. (except dairy cattle in milk) (No dairy can arrive before Monday)
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 a.m., Lil’ Wrangler Dairy Show, followed by 4-H Dairy Show
Diary Arrival: Dairy cattle in milk should arrive at 9 p.m. on the night before the Dairy Show so that they don’t have to be milked at the fairgrounds. All animals must be vet checked before stalling. During judging, dairy purebred and grade animals will show together.

4-H Goat

Check-in & Weigh-in: Friday, June 21, 7–11 a.m. ONLY GOATS CAN CHECK-IN ON FRIDAY
All goats will be weighed as they come off the trucks. Entry tickets must be submitted for all goats by 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m., Lil Wrangler Goat show, followed by 4-H Goat Show. No arrivals accepted after 11 a.m Friday. All market goats must be weighed in, including wethers that will compete in the rate of gain contest or sold in the auction. No late weigh-ins accepted. All goats will be split into two (2) divisions. The Meat & Pygmy show will begin 15 min. after the dairy show, or no earlier than 2 p.m. Goats may only show in one division. Please make sure to clean out the stalls when taking animals home.

Top Producer Contests: Milking Competition
Preliminary Milk-out – Monday, June 24, 8 p.m.
Milk and Record Weight – Tuesday, June 25, 8 a.m.
Milk and Record Weight – Tuesday, June 25, 8 p.m.

4-H Poultry

Check-in and weigh-in: Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, June 21, 10 a.m., Lil’ Wrangler Show, followed by 4-H Poultry Show – Livestock Pavilion

Classes will be broken up by breed if there are three or more birds of one breed. If there are fewer than three birds per breed, birds will be grouped together for judging in classes.

4-H Rabbit

Mandatory Check-in: Wednesday, June 19, 3-6 p.m. in the Pavilion during Packet Pickup. Do not bring your rabbits to check-in, just your paperwork. Scratches & substitutes allowed on Sunday before 1:30pm.
Sunday, June 23, 12:30 p.m., Lil’ Wrangler Show, followed by 4-H Rabbit Show at 1 p.m. in the 4-H Livestock Pavilion Best Dressed Rabbit Competition & Rabbit Race: Tuesday, June 25, 6 p.m. next to the Rabbit Barn.

4-H Sheep

Check-in: Monday, June 24, 7 a.m.–11 a.m., must be stalled by 11 a.m. (No sheep can arrive before Monday, June 24)
Market Lamb Weigh-in: Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Livestock Barn
Wednesday, June 26, 1 p.m. Lil Wrangler Sheep Show, followed by 4-H Sheep Show Breeding Stock must be declared at weigh-in on Tuesday by bringing the animals to the scales. All entries of a breed will show together.

4-H Sheep

Check-in: Saturday, June 22, 6:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. (No swine can arrive before Saturday, June 22)
Weigh-in: Sunday, June 23, 9 a.m.
Monday, June 24, 1 p.m. Lil’ Wrangler Swine Show
4-H Gilt Show immediately following the Lil’ Wrangler Show, Open Carcass Show will follow 4-H Gilt Show
Tuesday, June 25, 10 a.m. 4-H Barrow Show – Livestock Pavilion
4-H Showmanship immediately following the Barrow Show and Market Litter class
All barrows and gilts must be weighed. Purebred gilts must be declared at weigh-in (by showing registration papers to barn staff.) All crossbreed animals will show by weight in the crossbreed classes and purebred animals by breed.

Open Class Swine on Foot and Carcass Show

Monday, June 24 after 4-H Gilt Show
Scott Lowe, swine superintendent

  1. All animals shown by weight, broken into equal size classes.
  2. Top animals from each class return for Grand Champion carcass on foot.


Rules and Regulations:

  1. The swine superintendent will have charge of the show, and changes may be made as necessary. The decision of the judge is final. Anyone failing to honor the Barn or General Livestock Conditions shall forfeit all prize money.
  2. Exhibitors must be enrolled Bartholomew County 4-H’ers or Bartholomew County residents. The animals must be checked in by a 4-Her and within the limit of his/her count of animals but may be exhibited in the ring by any Bartholomew County resident.
  3. Animals must meet health regulations listed in the 4-H Family Handbook.
  4. Barrows or gilts may be entered. All pigs entered in the carcass show must be weighed on Sunday, June 23.
  5. Entry fee will be $5.
  6. Pigs must weigh between 225-300 pounds at weigh-in to compete in the Grand Champion Scan category.
  7. Results and awards will be announced during the on-foot show after the 4-H Gilt Show.
  8. Premium money will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the on-foot classes and the top 10 winners in the scan class.
    Premium money for on-foot show will be paid by Bartholomew County Pork Producers and Bartholomew County Fair Board.
    Premium on Foot: 1st – $16, 2nd – $14, 3rd – $12, 4th – $10, 5th – $8, 6th – $7, 7 th – $6 and 8 th – $5.

4-H Dog

Dog Show will be held Saturday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. in the Community Building

4-H Cat and 4-H Caged Critters

Wednesday, June 26, Livestock Pavilion, Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Cat Show starts at 9 a.m., with Caged Critter show following

Lil' Wrangler Show

Sponsored by the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board. Children who will enter or have completed kindergarten, first and second grade are invited to participate in Lil’ Wrangler Shows during 2024. They must borrow animals that are already on the fairgrounds (and have been vet checked) from 4-H’ers or open class exhibitors’ animals. No judging will occur, just participation. Registration approximately 30 minutes prior to the show will be required, including a signed parental/guardian consent and waiver of liability. A nominal fee of $3 will be charged. We will also have advanced registration in the Fair Office starting the first Friday of the fair.

Beef, Dairy Beef, & Starter Calf: Thursday, June 27, 12:30 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion
Dairy: Thursday, June 27, 8:30 a.m. in the Livestock Pavilion
Goats: Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. preceding the 4-H Goat Show in the Livestock Pavilion
Horses: Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Horse & Pony Arena
Poultry: Friday, June 21, 10 a.m. preceding the 4-H Poultry Show in the Livestock Pavilion
Rabbits: Sunday, June 23, 12:30 p.m. preceding the 4-H Rabbit Show in the Livestock Pavilion
Sheep: Wednesday, June 26, at 1 p.m., preceding the Sheep Show in the Livestock Pavilion
Swine: Monday, June 24, at 1 p.m., preceding the Gilt Show in the Livestock Pavilion

For the Lil’ Wrangler Horse Show, we will have 4 classes: Showmanship at Halter, English or Western Pleasure at a Walk, Barrels at a Walk or Slow Jog and Costume at a Walk. The entry fee covers all classes. A certified helmet (ASTM or SEI standard F1163) MUST be worn by Lil’ Wranglers whenever in the arena, leading or mounted. The designated adult, parent or legal guardian is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness in place and fastened whenever a rider is mounted. An adult must have the horse on a lead line as well as be with the child at all times.

4-H Parade of Champions

Livestock Pavilion, 5 p.m. Friday, June 28
The 4-H Parade of Champions is open to any 4-H’er who receives a Grand or Reserve Grand Champion, as well as a Champion or Reserve Champion in any 4-H project. Line-up begins 30 minutes before the start of the parade on the northeast side of the Livestock Pavilion.