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Aug. 22 – Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2024

179 Days 11 Hours 48 Mins

New Attraction: New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions

New Livestock and Agriculture Competitions

This year, we’re introducing even more opportunities for FFA youth and livestock exhibitors. Don’t miss competitions featuring ag mechanics, vegetables, potatoes, poultry, rabbits and sheep.


  • FFA Agricultural Mechanics Competitions
    • In the Small Engines Build Off timed contest, students in grades 10-12 must disassemble and reassemble a small engine (Friday, Sept. 1, 5 p.m.). The Wood Construction Build Off features two-person teams who build a wood bench in two hours and are judged on technique, craftsmanship, joints, fasteners and more (Saturday, Sept. 2 in two-hour slots). In the Weld Off, individuals are given 90 minutes to complete a metal campfire grate and are judged on technique, craftsmanship, welds, how closely the components match the plan, and more (Sunday, Sept. 3 in 90-minute slots). All three competitions take place live in the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
  • FFA Vegetable & Potato
    • Open to FFA students in grades 7-12, new competition categories include beans, beets, eggplant, gourds, muskmelon, winter squash, tomatoes, miniature pumpkins, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, turnips, horseradish, and white, russet and red potatoes, just to name a few. Entries will be displayed in the Agriculture Horticulture Building on Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 2 & 3.
  • FFA Poultry
    • Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and other poultry breeds will be judged Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m., in the Poultry Barn.
  • FFA Rabbits
    • Dozens of small and large rabbit breeds will be judged Sunday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m., in the Poultry Barn
  • Open Class Sheep – All Other Hair Breeds
    • This exhibition features purebred pedigreed animals – such as the Dorper, White Dorper and Katahdin breeds – that do not qualify under other breed classifications. Judging takes place on Friday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m., in the Sheep Barn.

Dates and times vary for specific competitions and exhibitions.

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Located in the Agriculture Horticulture Building and the Poultry and Sheep barns.