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Livestock and other animals are the roots of the Delaware State Fair's history! Get involved by exhibiting you animals! Entries can only be made online via the Delaware State Fair’s website beginning 9:00 AM April 1, 2024 thru

11:59 PM June 1, 2024.

Livestock exhibitors (with the exception of Poultry and Rabbit exhibitors) are required to be at least five (5) years of age by January 1st of the current Fair year (2024). It is your responsibility as an exhibitor to know all rules in the exhibitor’s handbook.


Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training is required for all junior market animal exhibitors. This will be required upon entry.

Accommodations for Exhibitors Under the ADA

*Farm Name Ownership FAQs

*Exhibitor Code of Conduct

IAFE National Code of Show Ring Ethics

Code of Conduct for Fair Officials

Market Animal Drug Testing FAQs

Drug Use Notification & Sample Collection Form

Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) Disclosure Form

Exhibitor Right of Protest or Appeal

Premium Sliding Scales

Exhibitor's Protest or Appeal Form

Livestock Gate Pass & Vehicle Pass Distribution Policy

*Livestock Gate Pass & Vehicle Pass Distribution FAQs

*Denotes Document Changes

Visit Junior Livestock Auction Page: HERE


ALL MARKET ANIMALS AND FEEDER CALVES MUST HAVE A CURRENT YEAR DSF ISSUED EAR TAG. We will be continuing Rate of gain contests this year! Check out the Tagging Dates below. Please contact the fair office at (302)398-3269 if you have any questions.

Saturday May 4, 2024 - Newark, Cook’s Farm - 8AM – 11AM

Saturday May 11, 2024 - Fairgrounds - 8AM – 11AM

Tuesday May 28, 2024 - Fairgrounds - 5PM – 8PM


2024 - YQCA Certification Requirements for Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors

All junior market animal exhibitors MUST complete a Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training certification class (online or in-person), unless they have an existing Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA) certification that is valid through July 27, 2024. The YQCA training certification course can be done either in person or online, but must be completed to enter a market animal in the 2024 Delaware State Fair. Exhibitors will be asked upon entry to provide their YQCA certification before moving forward with their entries.

  1. This mandatory training requirement shall apply to all those exhibiting market animals. The training certification is not limited to only market animal exhibitors and all exhibitors are encouraged to consider completing this course. 

  2. If you are a junior market animal exhibitor and have not attended or completed the online YQCA course nor currently have an existing YPQA valid certification by the entry deadline (June 1, 2024), you will not be permitted to show your market animal(s).


When adding your first entry to your new exhibitor account, you will be prompted to complete and sign an online version of an IRS Form W-9. The completion and submission of the W-9 is mandatory for all livestock exhibitors. Unless you complete the online IRS Form W-9 you will not be able to make your first entry. We are gathering this information so that the IRS reporting requirements for premiums and auction earnings can be met. Additionally, this information will allow us to aggregate your premium and auction earnings and report this number to you in early January so you can use it when preparing your tax return.

  • If you are creating an exhibitor account that identifies joint individual owners (i.e. Jill and John Smith), please decide in advance whose information and social security number will be included on the IRS Form W-9.

  • If the exhibitor account is being set up in a farm, business, school or club name, you will need to submit your farm, business, school or club E.I.N. (employer identification number) which normally begins with 51-.

  • Please make sure that the name and social security number/employer identification number (E.I.N.) supplied on the W-9 matches the exhibitor registered on the exhibitor account.

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