N.C. State Fair Livestock

Livestock Competition Info

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May 15 - Request Nomination Kit OPENS (ShoWorks-online) - can nominate up to 6 per exhibitor

  • Types of kits to request
    • Female Got to Be NC Nomination Kit & Female Non-Got to Be NC Nomination Kit
    • Male Got to Be NC Nomination Kit & Male Non-Got to Be NC Nomination Kit
  • Kits will be available for pick-up by you or designated person (note in the comments field when ordering)
    • May 25, 3-6 p.m. - Kinston, Lenoir County Livestock Arena (order must be placed by May 21)
    • June 20, 4-7 p.m. - Waynesville, Mountain Research Station
    • June 21, 9-10a.m. - Edgecombe Community College
    • June 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Showdown in the Foothills, Lenoir, Caldwell County Fairgrounds
    • June 24, 4-7 p.m. - Rockingham, Richmond County Extension Office
    • June 25, 4-7 p.m. - Kenansville, Duplin County Extension Office
    • June 28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Goat and Sheep Roundup, Winston-Salem, Carolina Classic Fairgrounds

June 14 - Deadline to request Nomination Kit

June 15 - Nominations OPEN (ShoWorks-online)

  • Complete process by entering tag data, upload picture to ShoWorks (head shot with exhibitor and side profile shot)

July 15 - Nominations CLOSE (ShoWorks-online)

  • All nominations must be submitted and DNA turned into Local Extension Office


August 15  - N.C. State Fair Livestock Entries (online) OPEN

September 15 - N.C. State Fair Livestock Entries CLOSE 

Download Step by Step instructions by clicking on the User Guides below.

How to Order Nomination Kit

How to Complete Nomination

How to Enter Nominated Animal into Fair

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Overall ranking is determined using live animal evaluation score, carcass ranking, online record book ranking, as well as an adjustment factor for the Average Daily Gain Performance. Each of these areas are scored independently of one another, therefore each area weighs in on overall final score. Steers that enter the Performance contest MUST complete ALL of the criteria.

  • At the time of nomination, verified beginning weight MUST be submitted by a copy of official show program listing show weight from Spring Fling, Clover Classic or Showdown in the Foothills before May 14 to summer.senter@ncagr.gov.
  • If not showing at any of those shows, you can submit a weight by having a local county extension agent, show superintendent - Walter Earle or NCDA representative assist in weighing the calf and whoever assists MUST then email the verified weight to summer.senter@ncagr.gov before May 14.