2023 Haywood County Fair Livestock Shows

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Haywood County Fair


Friday, September 29  –  6:30 p.m. Sheep Show
Saturday, September 30  –  9 a.m. Goat Show
Saturday, September 30  – 12 p.m. Beef Cattle Show
Sunday, October 1 – 12 p.m. Dairy Show
Sunday, October 1 – 2 p.m. Swine Show


  • All Junior livestock exhibitors must register online by SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2023. Parking and exhibitor pass rules will be sent out once registration closes.


  • Payment must be mailed to Kyla-Jo Farmer at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Haywood County Center at 589 Raccoon Road, Suite 118, Waynesville, NC 28786.
  • Payment must be received by SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2023 in order to confirm registration.
  • Cash or Checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to the Smoky Mountain Event Center.
    • Special Persons Sheep Show – FREE, Sponsored by Pisgah High School FFA & The McLeod Family
    • Sheep & Goats: $3 per entry
    • Beef & Dairy Cattle: $5 per entry
    • Swine: $3 per entry


  • Premiums and trophies will be awarded by the Haywood County Fair. Additional livestock premiums will be awarded by the Haywood County Cattleman’s Association and by the Haywood County Farm Bureau.
  • Two animals are required to constitute a class, unless otherwise noted. Classes may be combined at the discretion of the show committee.


  • Barn Space: Every attempt will be made to provide space for all entries. If barn space becomes limited, the barn committee will allocate space according to date entry is received and will limit entries from individual exhibitors to provide for as many different exhibitors as possible. PLEASE INDICATE ON REGISTRATION FORM IF YOU WILL BE SHOWING OFF YOUR TRAILER AND WILL NOT NEED BARN SPACE.
  • Responsibility for Accident: The Smoky Mountain Event Center and the Haywood County Fair Committee and livestock committees shall not be responsible for any accident which may occur to, or by reason of, any animal or animals being exhibited at the fair. By entering, exhibitors agree to hold the Smoky Mountain Event Center and the Haywood County Fair Committee blameless and indemnify them against any legal proceedings arising from any such actions or accidents. 
  • Health Regulations: All livestock must be checked by an accredited veterinarian upon arrival at the livestock barn.


  • Age: All livestock categories are open to youth 19 years of age and under. Age group for showmanship classes (age 8-13 and age 14-19) is determined by the exhibitors age as of show day, except Dairy, which is based on youth age as of Jan. 1, 2021. Animals shown by youths under the age of 8 will not be judged against one another unless designated in a competitive showmanship class.
  • Responsibilities: All exhibitors will be expected to provide their own feed and equipment. Bedding will be available (sawdust). Exhibitors will be responsible for bedding their animals and keeping their areas neat and clean.
  •  Safety: Exhibitors with unruly/unmanageable livestock that endanger the safety of exhibitors and spectators will be required to remove their livestock from the fairgrounds at the discretion of the check-in and rules enforcement committee. The rules enforcement committees’ decisions shall be final.

Written By

Kyla-Jo Farmer, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKyla-Jo FarmerExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forage Crops Call Kyla-Jo Email Kyla-Jo N.C. Cooperative Extension, Haywood County Center
Updated on Aug 9, 2023
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